This is one of those stand-out builds that are just packed with
detail. The main attention grabber is of course the Lauf Grit SL
suspension forks. These take one of the oldest ideas in shock
absorption, the leaf spring, and using the latest technology bring
it right up to date.
So, why go for this style of fork? Well for starters there's the
weight - they're not just light at 850g including axle, the
"unsprung" part of that total is just 250g, meaning it's
particularly good at handling chatter and vibration.
For a gravel/adventure bike where long travel isn't required it
makes a lot more sense to opt for a fork that will increase overall
comfort and reduce fatigue. With 30mm of travel the Lauf provides
enough to isolate you from shocks, whilst the progressive spring
rate means that the further it compresses the stiffer it becomes -
the ideal behaviour, since it means small bumps can easily be
absorbed but you're not going to "bottom out" the fork on a really
An added bonus is the low maintenance required - no air to top
up, seals to wear or chambers to leak.
The fork may be what catches the eye, but this build isn't short
of cutting-edge components. An electronic Dura-Ace gruppo includes
the latest XTR Di2 rear mech for ultra-precise 1x shifting with
minimal effort. A Quarq power meter crankset ensures that those
training miles don't go to waste, and ENVE's awesome G23
gravel-focused wheelset is designed for the roughest of conditions
whilst remaining remarkably lightweight.
photos by Bence Bujaki