As tough as it is beautiful
Andrew wanted a gravel bike which would last for many years, and was therefore drawn towards a titanium frame.
He had a preference for Shimano components and wanted to maintain a 2x11 drive train for two reasons: to achieve a wide range of gearing options, and also to keep the jumps between each gear as minimal as possible.
Could we deliver? Yes, we could.
The Bossi Grit was chosen because it's a purpose-built gravel frame with absolutely beautiful ride qualities.
As Andrew's other bikes have Shimano equipment (and SRAM are currently very focussed on 1x drive trains), we decided to go with a Shimano Ultegra groupset. Ultegra is Shimano's most popular groupset and it's easy to see why; it offers exceptional performance and low weight, and is also at a price that suits most people's budgets.
With compact cranks and an 11-34 cassette, we obtained a 1:1 low gear ratio but still maintained a suitable top gear.
We custom-built the wheels using wider Alex rims (which give the gravel tyres a really nice profile) laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs and black DT butted spokes.
The wheels were matched with Schwalbe G-One tyres, which are a great compromise between low rolling resistance and off-road grip.
Andrew had always used and enjoyed Selle Italia saddles, so that's what we stayed with. (It's one of the greatest things about a true custom-built bike: you can have (almost) whatever you want!)
The handlebars and stem are from Pro because they offer exceptional value for money and are very high-quality products.
To top things off, Andrew wanted a splash of colour so we gave him some handlebar tape options. His pick was a red Fizik, which was absolutely perfect.
As the happy owner said, "It is a well-engineered frame and easily handles the rough going. Can’t say a bad thing about the Shimano mechs either; it shifts well and precisely. I really appreciate the quality of the build by BMCR. Great attention to detail; the bar tape end-plugs correctly aligned, the tyre logos with the valve, the cable lengths, etc. I’m a bit pedantic and I can’t find any fault at all."
It ran like a dream in the adventure race. I especially appreciated the work you did on the brakes; lots of people complained that theirs weren't working properly and mine were solid all day. There was an awesome downhill and some people had to walk their bikes due to a lack of braking...Ray Scheuboeck