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    Specialized AWOL gravel grinder

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

    Frame geometries, weights etc

    ? THE AWOL

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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.
    FS: Chinese carbony goodness, trade for a steel frame?

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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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