Our 2019 Bike of the Year, the WI.DE. needs no introduction. The
sheer variety of builds possible never ceases to delight, and this
particular bike embraces the rip-roaring side of the
ultra-versatile adventure frameset with the DT Swiss GR1600
wheelset's 24mm inner width matched to Schwalbe's brilliant
aggressive all-rounders the Rock Razor, featuring their super
grippy Addix compound, in a chunky 2.35in width.
Those alloy rims are tough enough to take on the roughest of
terrain, but despite the reassuring 25mm rim depth they're not
excessively heavy. Opting for fat 650b tyres makes for a good air
volume to absorb any bumps, with plenty of grip on offer.
An Easton cockpit and seatpost are great choices for a bike with
this focus - the carbon bars and post giving plenty of stiffness
for ultimate control whilst the clever layup helps reduce buzz and
Eagle AXS shifting means that the 1x drivetrain provides an
enormous 500% range, thanks to the 10-50 tooth cassette. So whilst
it'll climb and descend like a dream you can still put the hammer
down on the flat.
We're OPEN experts and this is just the latest of our many
WI.DE. builds, each tailored to the individual rider. Create
your own custom WI.DE. in our interactive online bike builder,
and get in touch to discuss the options
photos by Bence Bujaki