Factor Ostro Gravel Naked Grunge
Speed is your goal. Every ride, whatever the surface, faster is what counts, and this is the gravel bike you’ve been waiting for. The OSTRO Gravel takes its ‘win everywhere’ mentality from its road racer stablemate, the OSTRO VAM, and is likewise developed to dominate its category with incredible aero, superior handling, high stiffness and low weight. With a tire capacity of 45mm, it’s ready to go anywhere, fast.
When you’re riding full gas, there’s little time to appreciate anything about the countryside other than how fast it’s rushing by. The OSTRO Gravel was made for these rides, with an unrivalled combination of aero, lightness, compliance and integration. Put your head down and go.
Gravel racing is fast and aero really matters, but it isn’t as fast as road racing so the requirements are different. The OSTRO Gravel frame is carefully optimized for the speeds at which you’ll be riding. Our team used a ‘zoned aero’ strategy which focused the front of the bike on aerodynamics because it meets clean, or freestream, air flow, and the rear of the bike on lightness, where the air flow is too chaotic and ride quality is the priority. In particular, a lot of time was spent on the head tube, where an all-new tube shape unlocked significant drag reductions by manipulating the ‘laminar separation bubble’ that occurs near the front of airfoils at lower speeds. The tech is rooted in aerospace but all you really need to know is that the OSTRO Gravel will get you to your finish line faster, and by minutes, not seconds.
The OSTRO Gravel offers a generous 45mm of tire clearance in both 700c and 650b, giving you the options and possibilities to tackle the toughest routes and events. This is a real figure, with 4mm of clearance either side in accordance with ISO standards, so the OSTRO Gravel is super-capable in muddy conditions. That was proven at the queen of gravel races, the 2022 Unbound 200, where heavy rain made the course brutal and the OSTRO Gravel was ridden to a top-10 finish.
The new Black Inc THIRTY FOUR wheels are - like the OSTRO Gravel itself - dedicated to speed on gravel. Their 34mm depth maximizes aero gains while keeping weight to a minimum and avoiding too tall a combined rim and tire side area, ensuring crosswind stability. They’re most aero with a 32mm tire for all-road use, yet also very effective for gravel tires up to 43mm. The internal width of 25mm allows bigger tires to take a better shape. The hookless rim is designed to make it easy to mount tubeless tires, in most cases with a regular floor pump. The rim includes a secondary shoulder which keeps the tire securely seated in the event of a rapid deflation, allowing you to come to a controlled stop. The Black Inc hubs run on CeramicSpeed bearings for ultimate efficiency.
|FRAME||TeXtreme®, Toray®, Nippon Graphite® Pitch-Based Fiber|
|FORK||OSTRO Wide Stance Fork|
|SEATPOST||0 and 20mm setback available|
|BARSTEM||Black Inc Integrated Aero Barstem|
|MAX TIRE CLEARANCE||45mm measured|
|MANUFACTURER WARRANTY||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
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