The Lauf True Grit is certainly one of, if not the, fastest gravel bikes available. If your primary aim to complete a big mile challenge in record time, this is the bike for you, no contest. ADVNTR
We’ve tested the True Grit both in the UK through winter, and in Arizona and Colorado in the spring, and our testers have come out impressed…. the True Grit bought back the fun of old-school XC mountain biking, re-energising tame trails, offering a great way to link together fun dirt stretches on pavement without feeling anchored in a heavy MTB, and, perhaps most importantly, illuminating how good a bike can feel on gravel when it’s designated specifically for the task. BikeRadar
Stable in the wet, super smooth and very fast on all surfaces. The low weight means lightning acceleration. You can also hop the bike about like a MTB and drift the corners in control due in part to the fork. It’s that kind of bike that puts a smile on your face (even though I only rode it in torrential rain!). WeLoveMountains
LAUF TRUE GRIT KEY FEATURES
Lauf Grit SL
At the core of True Grit is the Lauf Grit SL, with its 30mm of front suspension – the thing that changed how gravel riding is perceived, now taken to the next level.
It’s more compact, lighter and stiffer (laterally and fore/aft) than the standard version.
Grit SL has superb small bump performance and maintains traction and control like no other. Making the ride more comfortable, with zero maintenance.
Single Piece Front Triangle
By using advanced molding technologies, bonded junctions are avoided and internal surfaces are kept smooth. Resulting in longer continuous carbon fibers and less unwanted material overlap. Thus a stronger and more efficient frame.
The Lauf True Grit gravel frame has undergone serious testing as it meets the ISO standard for mountain bike frames.
This makes for a sturdy frame that handles all the fun at only 1.070g – Medium frame in Midnight Blue, including front and rear derailleur hangers.
Long 4 Speed – Geometry
The long top-tube paired with a short-ish stem, low headtube and a slack head angle give you a low and aerodynamic position with great stability at high speeds and in rough terrain. Making you “Long 4 Speed”.
The frames has been designed specifically to marry perfectly with the Grit SL fork to deliver optimal performance from this ground breaking micro-suspension unit. The frameset has also been optimised for use with an in-line seatpost for perfect balance.
The headtube is tapered (1.125” to 1.5”) for improved strength and control.
45mm of Rubber
The True Grit can take up to 45mm 700c tires* – with ample room for the elements. That’s a whole lot of rubber when things get dirty.
All this with short 425mm chainstay length, without intruding on the space for the crankset.
*Bikes with eTap front derailleurs are limited to 40mm tires at the rear, due to battery/tire clearances.
Beer or Gear?
The Beer Or Gear front derailleur design opens up endless possibilities.
Most True Grit riders are going to want the mechanical robustness and simplicity of 1×11 drivetrains. These riders will get a bottle opener where a front derailleur would otherwise be.
However, there will be some road-biased True Grit riders that want to get the classically tight gear spacing of a road bike (while the gear range of a 1×11 and 2×11 is actually almost the same). These riders have the option of using SRAM eTap 2×11 drivetrains.*
With In-N-Out Cabling, the rear derailleur cable and rear disc brake hose have entry points at the head-tube, then they miraculously pop out at the optimal locations.
No hassle and no annoying rattling inside the frame.
3x Bottle Mounts
Three bottle mounts come in handy for a long day in the saddle. On top of that the top tube has mounts for a bento box for easy access to food or other smaller items for the long haul.
Threaded Bottom Bracket
For the tried and tested ease of maintenance and creak free riding. It costs more to produce, but it’s worth it!