Lo­cal is Slacker

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES - R52 500 mom­sen­bikes.com

Mom­sen’s new R355 car­bon gravel bike is named af­ter the long­est road (648km!) be­tween any two towns in SA, link­ing Ceres ( West­ern Cape) to Spring­bok (North­ern Cape), with a rep­u­ta­tion as a tough but re­ward­ing route.

The R355 is not a CX bike meant for lap rac­ing. Its taller head tube, slacker head an­gle and longer wheel­base of­fer sta­ble han­dling, in­tended for long days turn­ing the ped­als. Straight out the box the R355 is ready to hit any road, with a SRAM 1x11 driv­e­train, SRAM Hy­dro disc brakes, Stan’s ZTR Grail tube­less-ready wheels and a set of 700x40C Cle­ment X’Plor tyres. Flared han­dle­bars are a nice touch. In terms of tyre clear­ance, the R355’s full- car­bon frame and fork can fit three wheel sizes.

At un­der 9kg with ped­als, it’s a su­per-light pack­age. A sub- R20 000 al­loy ver­sion, the GP300 Gravel Bike, will also be avail­able.

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