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    Specialized AWOL gravel grinder

    Anyone have any more information on the new AWOL gravel grinder?

    Frame geometries, weights etc

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    Very cool.
    Seems like Spesh is having a lot of fun w/ bikes lately.

    That said, I would think this would overlap a lot w/ the TriCross...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRRoubaix View Post
    Very cool.
    Seems like Spesh is having a lot of fun w/ bikes lately.

    That said, I would think this would overlap a lot w/ the TriCross...
    Overlap, yes, but there are several important differences which, for me, make the AWOL a much more attractive choice for gravel road riding. Taller headset, lower bottom bracket, better frame material on the Comp model and wider tire capability. Looking forward to seeing the geometry chart for specifics, but this is looking a lot like the bike I thought I was going to need to have built custom.
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    I agree! I just don't know where the TriCross fits in their lineup now- where is it's niche?

    (I'm finding a lot of irony in that I was looking for a gravel/commuter over the last few months and finally last week purchased a Kona Rove... ah well- I have too many Spesh bikes already, I guess...)

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    Here are the geo charts for AWOL



    Weights fully equipped with racks seem to be around 32lbs which is slightly disappointing.

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    Really long top tubes and really short stems. Interesting and confusing. Do you know the weight for the Comp frameset?
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    I fell between a medium and large Fargo, and opted for the large at 580mm effective top tube. Feels great for reach but slightly big overall, so a medium AWOL would be good at 575 ETT and 75mm stem I think.

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    Is the frame painted or powder coated?

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    Real world weights appreciated ASAP. Lower 20's # ? Upper 20's #? Heavier/lighter than the Tri Cross? Wheels = brute weight over built dog on climbs , cheap'o heavy or decent?

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    Weight is around 31 lbs.

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    I can't wait to try one of these. The AWOL is not something I expected from Specialized.
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    This is pretty cool ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJohnny View Post
    Is the frame painted or powder coated?
    Reply from AWOL team is that it is wet painted covered with wet painted satin clear coat in a colour they call Gunmetal. Sounds perfect for the bike.

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    Thank you.

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    Am I missing something or is the gearing quite High for this bike, intended use - adventure tour, bike pack, double track, fire roads, XM, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Really long top tubes and really short stems. Interesting and confusing. Do you know the weight for the Comp frameset?
    Seems like a lot of these drop bar adventure bikes are getting with mountain bike sensibilities.

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    Any updates? I saw one of these at my LBS, but haven't heard anything about it yet.

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    Just test rode a base model at my LBS and it was pretty nice. Didn't get a chance to weigh it but it was a steel bike with big tires. It came with some Spec branded 42c cross style tire. I rode it around and it was nice and stiff, but definitely a steel bike. I would really like to try the Reynolds steel version though as it didn't have that light bling steel feel.

    The long top tube short stem is the business IMO, but that's how I like my bikes. The bar is short reach with shallow flared drop like a Salsa cowbell. Really nice set-up and honestly too cool to be a Specialized. Only thing that that would make it nicer is having Rival or Ultegra and maybe a tad lighter but that would double the price. R785/Ultegra Cross drivetrain and some carbon wheels with the Reynolds steel frame would be boss. You could also run the Comp model with a belt drive and an internal hub. Alfine Di2 and R785 belt drive would be a interesting set up. I heard there might be a "Specialized Edition" with a belt drive Alfine hub coming. It's got all the typical touring bike mounts for bottles and racks.

    I wanted to see how big a tire would fit and just for giggles I fitted a set of Roval Control carbon 29er wheels with Captain 2.0 tires and it totally fit! That's a 28mm wide rim. Front and back fully fit with clearance and you could probably run a 45c with fenders. I didn't take a picture of it. I didn't have my phone on me, but I'm planning on grabbing a photo sometime this week.

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    If you're wanting something that should ride similarly but not support the big S, check out the Surly Straggler. It's got the same mondo long top tube/short stem drop bar tourer geometry with clearance for 29x2.0 tires front and rear (I've actually put a 2.2 Ikon on the front of mine for added cushion).

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    I would prefer not to support Spec., but the AWOL seems much better suited for bike travel than the Straggler, or the upcoming and very pretty Soma Wolverine. The AWOL's head tube is a good deal taller, and the sloping top tube allows for the kind of seatpost extension you need for the larger bikepacking saddle bags.

    If the AWOL rides just like an LHT (reliable but plodding), then it'll be just okay for me. If, on the other hand, it rides more like a Vaya (faster and more fun to pedal), just with proper tire clearance for dirt tours, I'll be all over it.

    There seems to be an opening for a 29" disc touring bike with major tire clearance that doesn't ride like a pig, so we'll see if the AWOL is it.

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    I have mine on order at my lbs. I absolutely cannot wait for it to be here!! It will make a great bike to throw some 2.2s on and go hit the single track then turn around and ride home!! Ill post some more info about it when it is built up!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by albeant View Post
    I would on the other hand, it rides more like a Vaya (faster and more fun to pedal), just with proper tire clearance for dirt tours, I'll be all over it.
    Why not buy a Vaya in the first place. It's a great bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    Why not buy a Vaya in the first place. It's a great bike.
    It's an option, but being able to run large tires is a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albeant View Post
    It's an option, but being able to run large tires is a plus.
    I've seen, but never ridden, a Vaya. How a big a tire fits? I know the Fargo can fit some pretty huge tires.

    I guess the question becomes "how big of a tire do you need"? If you need bigger than say, just a guess, a 42C why not get a 29er or a fat bike?
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    I'm seriously considering the AWOL primarily for commuting and winter riding duty, but also as an all-rounder I can take with me on vacations where I don't know if I'll be riding roads, bike paths, or dirt/gravel. Bike paths in my area can be twisty-turny and crowded, thus awkward on a road bike. Torn between the AWOL, the Trek Crossrip, and the Niner RLT -- I know they're different bikes for sure. AWOL in the LBS felt really heavy, like a tank, but I'd be leaning towards the Comp with the better component spec. Not sure if there is much weight savings.

    My current "road" bike is a Gunnar Crosshairs cyclocross bike with skinny rubber. When you put wider tires on it and head off-road, you find that for control you need to be in the drops (I'm normally on the hoods like 90% of the time), and that feeling of being so far over the front wheel isn't comfortable at all when it gets steep. The AWOL definitely brings the bars up higher, monster cross style, so that would put me comfortably in the drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmoreKen View Post
    My current "road" bike is a Gunnar Crosshairs cyclocross bike with skinny rubber. When you put wider tires on it and head off-road, you find that for control you need to be in the drops (I'm normally on the hoods like 90% of the time), and that feeling of being so far over the front wheel isn't comfortable at all when it gets steep. The AWOL definitely brings the bars up higher, monster cross style, so that would put me comfortably in the drops.

    Anything from Gunnar is going to be lighter the the Specialized. But you can only fit 37C tires if I remember on them. Why not try Salsa Woodchipper bars. They have a shallow drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    Anything from Gunnar is going to be lighter the the Specialized. But you can only fit 37C tires if I remember on them. Why not try Salsa Woodchipper bars. They have a shallow drop.
    My plan is to keep the Gunnar setup as a pure road bike, rather than tweaking the position with a taller stem and different handlebar. Mostly because I can't run fenders without toe overlap. No big deal, it is what it is.

    Based on the geometry I should have no problem running fenders on the AWOL. The Crosshairs has 73* HTA, but I'm confident the slacker HTA (72* for AWOL) will give me enough room for the fenders, plus will be more stable on descents.

    I probably shouldn't worry about the weight so much, especially for the intended purpose as a commuter/bad weather/gravel/winter/bar hop bike.

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    I just got an AWOL Comp but haven't put it through the paces yet. I decided to go for comfort and versatility and not worry about weight. This will become my regular commuter as well as some dirt/gravel rides recreationally, and eventually hopefully some touring.

    Any other AWOL owners out there? Curious to hear how others are liking it, what modifications/upgrades they have done, etc.

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    I picked up a XL AWOL comp. Haven't gotten much time to ride it but I did get a chance to weigh it. Weights are as received but without reflectors, pedals or plastic plate behind cassette. Wheels are with cassette, quick release, tires, tubes and rotor.

    Full Bike: 26.26lbs / 11.91kg
    Front Wheel: 4.08lbs / 1.85kg
    Rear Wheel: 5.49lbs / 2.49kg
    Seat: 311g
    Seatpost: 313g
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    Pics? I would like to see an XL (my size).

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkeM View Post
    I picked up a XL AWOL comp. Haven't gotten much time to ride it but I did get a chance to weigh it. Weights are as received but without reflectors, pedals or plastic plate behind cassette. Wheels are with cassette, quick release, tires, tubes and rotor.

    Full Bike: 26.26lbs / 11.91kg
    Front Wheel: 4.08lbs / 1.85kg
    Rear Wheel: 5.49lbs / 2.49kg
    Seat: 311g
    Seatpost: 313g

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    Good job! Kiwi Awol

    I have just ordered and got a new Awol.
    I just have to build it up and Name it
    Have changed rear mech to XT (because I had one just laying around at work) and maybe a bar bag etc........

    Looking forward to some road riding on back roads how and stay off main roads by riding on some of the Mountain Bike tracks.

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    1st Night ride

    Well i'm loving my new Awol, 1st On/Offroad ride tonight


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    Is that a medium or large? How tall are you please. I am 5'10" and can go medium or large but probably medium.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    Is that a medium or large? How tall are you please. I am 5'10" and can go medium or large but probably medium.

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    Hi Brian,
    It's a Medium and i'm 5'7".
    If I was an 1" shorter I would have got a Small.
    You need to have your LBS check you for size to which is best to fit you.
    I have named my Awol too! it's called "TDA"

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    AWOL frameset weight

    I just picked up a medium AWOL frameset and thought I'd post weights for anyone interested:

    Frame (w/ collar and bottle bolts): 5.2 lbs.
    Fork (w/ crown race): 2.45 lbs. (300mm steerer)
    Frameset (both above + included headset): 7.85 lbs.
    Included 350mm seatpost: 311 grams

    Weights seem about right for the frameset's intended purpose. I'll post some pics once I've finished my build.
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    Just finished the build: SRAM X9/Force, Shimano CX77's, Hadley/DT/Blunt, Syntace, WTB, and a Salsa Cowbell 2. I may need to cut the steerer a bit, but I'm always hesitant to do that on a touring bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albeant View Post
    Just finished the build: SRAM X9/Force, Shimano CX77's, Hadley/DT/Blunt, Syntace, WTB, and a Salsa Cowbell 2. I may need to cut the steerer a bit, but I'm always hesitant to do that on a touring bike.

    That bike is sweet! I can't wait for them to start popping up on Craigslist. It's going to be my DK200 bike next year.

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    Thanks. The AWOL's been really fun. I took it on a mixed-surface ride with 8500' of climbing last week, and it was just awesome--ride quality feels more like a good steel road bike than a tank-ish touring bike on the road, and yet it bombs fire roads very confidently in the drops. (We were over 35mph on a long, rocky dirt descent, and I never felt like the bike was getting sketchy.)

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by albeant View Post
    Thanks. The AWOL's been really fun. I took it on a mixed-surface ride with 8500' of climbing last week, and it was just awesome--ride quality feels more like a good steel road bike than a tank-ish touring bike on the road, and yet it bombs fire roads very confidently in the drops. (We were over 35mph on a long, rocky dirt descent, and I never felt like the bike was getting sketchy.)
    I have find the same too.
    Only on climbs do I notice the weight, But I still love my Awol and how I can link on road and off road tracks all up.





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    Half Pint (110 miles) Dirty Kanza bound. Slight upgrades, Stans Crest wheelset with 1.8 Specialized Renegades, converted to 10 speed with 12-30 cassette and retro shift shifters. Still running stock Sora derailleurs. 155mm Phenom saddle.

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    Anyone have an opinion on the stock wheelset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edthesped View Post
    Anyone have an opinion on the stock wheelset?
    Hi yes the stock wheels are very good, only looking to build a second set because i'm planning to run a front Schmidt SON 28 dynamo hub and maybe use a spare DT Swiss 350 rear hub that is just laying around at my work...

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    Waw! Nice job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by albeant View Post
    Just finished the build: SRAM X9/Force, Shimano CX77's, Hadley/DT/Blunt, Syntace, WTB, and a Salsa Cowbell 2. I may need to cut the steerer a bit, but I'm always hesitant to do that on a touring bike.

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    Waw! nice job!

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    I bought the Awol Deluxe (only in Europe I think) a few months ago. I like it a lot! When I bought it, it looked like this:

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    Now it looks like this (except for the saddle which I changed for a Brooks):

    Specialized AWOL gravel grinder-img_20140501_092253114.jpg

    I've done abouth 850 km (530 miles). Love the frame, plan to make upgrades in time (Maybe Shim Alfine??)

    One thing though: It seems the paint is not verry 'solide'. Anyone any experience on that?

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    I have a medium Comp coming for test/review (size medium). It'll be interesting to see how the ride compares to my old Salsa Vaya.
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    My Awol in Winter

    Well it's mid Winter in New Zealand
    Here is a few photo's of my last day ride (last weekend) and the more I ride my "TDA" (awol) the more I love it
    I'm riding only about 120 km's a week this time of year! mainly after dark, but in Training for my 1st long race/ride 320 km's later in the year



    TDA



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    I'm picking my AWOL Comp up this evening after work and can't wait to put it through it's paces! I took it out for a 20 mile road ride last week and was pleased at how nicely it rode. It rolled along nicely even with 32psi in the tires. It goes much nicer w/ 60psi btw. I have a few days off and access to some amazing singletrack/fire roads/back roads that I've been looking to explore

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    Specialized AWOL gravel grinder

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    Just got one a couple days ago. Love it. Yeah it's heavy, but it's totally badass. I tried out a Vaya, a Crossrip, a TriCross and a couple others. Really loved the Vaya too. Long story why I didn't get it. I do not regret going with the AWOL one bit.

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    AWOL review

    I have about 400 mixed terrain miles and 44,000' vertical on my AWOL Comp. It's a GREAT bike and I'm really enjoying it! It makes me want to get out more. My road, mountain and town bikes are all jealous.

    Initially I thought I would use it for road touring, but it's so much fun just knocking around on old roads and trails that I see all kinds of new opportunities.

    It gets along just fine on the road, but it is much more capable off road than I expected. It tracks really well and it provides clear and predictable feedback. When it starts to slip, it's gradual and transitions nicely into a slide, so getting loose isn't scary. It took a while to get comfortable getting loose on a drop bar bike, but the AWOL is ready. This gives it a fun and eager personality.

    Another area the AWOL really shines is when your on the road entering a corner at speed and realize there is a bunch of gravel/dirt/sand/pot holes! Where a road bike would sketch out, the AWOL says "Relax, I got this" allowing you to carry speed where you wouldn't on a road bike.

    Beyond a very good fit, I find that the ease with which it takes on obstacles allows me to be more relaxed and be supple on the bike. This is good for handling, but also saves a lot of energy.

    The long TT, short stem, high trail, tall HT, low BB combines to produce a comfortable, confident and versatile ride. The handling inspires confidence and I find I'm more relaxed and look around more. With the higher bars, I also use the drops more. Even though it's very stable, it's agile too. The frame mutes rough stuff as only the best steel can. Power transfer is lively and efficient.

    After a couple of hours, these qualities really add up to much more than the sum of their parts. It would be easy to under estimate this bike without spending time on it.

    I was on the fence about front loading. So I mounted a Tubus Tara front rack, loaded 25lb in my panniers and want for a test run. I tried road, gravel, trail and dirt with a lot of steeps and am now a big fan of front loading. I read somewhere in WeAreGoingAwol that this was part of the design intent. They got it right!
    I also loaded up my Revelate Viscacha and Sweetroll with the same 25lb and hit the same test run as with the front panniers.
    Tough choice, but the low front panniers climb more naturally and handle better, especially on loose surfaces.

    The Trigger Sport tires do a great job. Reasonably light and fast for a touring tire and stick well off road. I run 'em ( a little low, per mfg spec) at 45psi off road and 50 on. They roll faster than my road bike 700x25s over rough pavement and chipseal.

    I put on a set of 29x2.2 Specialized FastTrak Control tires (at about 34psi) and what a hoot. It really wants to sling dirt and catch air! They barely fit, so I ordered Fast Trak 2.0s for gravel touring. It's like having a different bike with just a tire change.

    I made some brackets to scoot 24oz bottles down to clear the (Lg) Revelate Tangle frame bag. Compared to a Hydration Pack and seat bag, the weight distribution of the Revelate Gas Tank and Tangle bags works well with the "forward and low" load carrying design intent.

    The bike fits me well. It's a Lg and I'm 6' tall w a 34" sit bone to floor inseam. I normally ride a 58cm road bike with a 58ish Eff TT and a 110 stem. Compared to most adventure touring bikes, the AWOL has notably different geometry in that it has a 60cm Eff TT and a 75 stem, which works out to about the same, but seems to provide more MTBish steering leverage.
    I've owned a few touring bikes and also test rode the Salsa Vaya 2, Surly Long Haul Trucker and AWOL (not comp)... all great bikes and it was a tough choice. I chose the AWOL because it's handles a little larger tire and has a little more MTB like handling.
    Stock, it weighed 27.3lb with pedals, reflectors.
    Set up is straight forward. BB7s have a learning curve, shortened by YouTube. The adjustable Swinger drop out is simple, but takes a bit of finesse to align. The Swinger securing bolt(s) torque is 10nm, per Specialized rep. The Swinger should work well for SS and belt drive.
    Personally I don't need the swinger dropout, yet. It does allow a little wheelbase adjustment, I tried both short and long and prefer long. You can tell the difference, so if you want a quicker (town/commuter/cross) bike, set it short, but don't worry, you can still eat and dodge pot holes with no hands. It climbs steeps better and handles more stable (especially on gravel and with a load) set long.

    I like the stock gear combinations, but currently I'm running an ultra wide ratio 10sp double. CAUTION, don't do this at home folks, but...
    11-40 (Leonardi SRAM) cass, 30-46 Rotor Q Rings, Sugino OX601d 110/74 crank and an X9 T1 RD. You probably couldn't get away with this on many bikes, but the AWOL's low q factor and long chain stay help. It's a little finicky (chain length, B tension, NO Type2 RD). There are 17 usable gear, bigger jumps and ya gotta to think ahead due to the lack of duplicate gear overlap. Shifting on the largest 4 cogs requires just the right amount of overthrow, so you have to index your right hand a bit too. That said, it works really well (for me) on this bike.

    I would highly recommend the AWOL and can't imagine anyone not being happy with this bike.

    Hats off to the Big S for committing to a small market sector (adventure touring) with the passion of a small company. And thanks to Eric and R. for the inspiration and Jeff and Isaac at Siskiyou Cyclery.

    Happy trails, Ken
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