Nick's Road Ready Grimes Carbon
By: Franco Bicycles | August, 07, 2019
The Grimes Carbon is what we call a 50 / 50 bike, equally as capable on the road as it is on the dirt. And it can be set up with a more strict road or dirt preference depending on the intended use of the bike! Here's a great example.
Nick came to us with a do-it-all road bike in mind and the ultimate goal of getting into triathlons. Additionally, he wanted a bike that was ready to explore some less traveled roads on a whim. After considering his riding needs, we decided to go with a reliable Ultegra level build, a wide gearing range, standard short and shallow drop bars, and set of 700c HED Ardennes with 28c road tires. A perfect setup for rides that would range from exclusively road, to a mixture of 85% road to 15% dirt.
For the last couple of months, Nick has decided to join us on our series of Out There rides. Those rides are more dirt than road and 28c just doesn't cut it. After a series of flats, Nick promptly decided to get some 38c tires to swap out for when the ride called for more dirt, and the rest as they say, is history.
This is a perfect example of our approach to the Grimes and its 50/50 capabilities. Try doing that with a regular road bike!
Below is Nick's Grimes Carbon build that has a road preference in mind.
Nick's bike features:
Color: Team Blue
Groupset: Ultegra 8000
Gearing: 50/34 Compact Crankset and an 11-34 Cassette
Saddle: An upgraded PRO Stealth Carbon Saddle
Wheels: HED Ardennes LT Disc
Tires: Panaracer GravelKing 700x28c