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Like Pyga, Momsen is also a South African com­pany – based in Port El­iz­a­beth – pro­duc­ing top-qual­ity bikes for lo­cal con­di­tions. Their GP300 gravel bike is a bud­get of­fer­ing with some sur­pris­ingly de­cent specs: The frame is light­weight alu­minium with clear­ance for 2,1-inch tube­less tyres; the driv­e­train is 1x11 SRAM Apex; and it comes with ca­ble­op­er­ated disc brakes (not as good as hy­draulic but fine for gravel). A gravel bike gives you the free­dom to mix things up – a lit­tle bit of tar (with some rid­ing on the verge for safety’s sake); some non-tech­ni­cal sin­gle track and home via green belts or farm­land. That’s when you’re at home – it re­ally ex­cels when you leave the city and head out onto a gravel rib­bon of a road that un­spools to­wards the hori­zon. There are new mod­els ap­pear­ing al­most weekly, but the GP300 is the best gravel bike you’ll find at the price. R17 500 at Momsen re­tail­ers – find one at mom­sen­

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