DEAN Gravel Grinder 29er
DEAN Custom Titanium 29er / 58cm (sloping TT 14.5 deg / HT 23cm) / 2012
Salsa Woodchipper / Thomson X4
DEAN Ti / Chris King
Schmidt SON28 Classic Dyno Hub / Velocity Psycho 36h / Schwalbe Hans Dampf 700 x 60c (60-622)
Rohloff 500/14 Speed Hub 36h / Velocity Psycho 36h / Schwalbe Hans Dampf 700 x 60c (60-622)
RaceFace Turbine 180mm / RaceFace
Brooks B135 / FSA SL220
Wellgo B143 / Gates Carbon Belt Drive
Gilles Berthoud Rohloff Shifter for drop bars / NA
Avid BB7 / TPR
18" - 95" / Rear 'Cog' 20T / 'Sprocket' 46T
The DEAN Gravel Grinder 29er was built with one thing in mind: durability. Built as a custom exploration 29er touring bike, the entire bike has been over-sized and over-engineered to minimize component failure. Wall tube thickness is double and triple standard touring frame sets for extra strength (0.154" ST/HT, 0.086" TT/DT, 0.135" SS/CS). The aim was to design a super reliable exploration rig that would be versatile and comfortable at the same time. Designed for inclement weather with non-oxidizing materials, Rohloff hub and belt drive, this bike is virtually weatherproof. Comfortable, dependable and one smooth ride so that a full day in the saddle feels like a dream and not a nightmare.
The Brooks B135 double sprung saddle was chosen to smoothen out the road of the century ride. For night riding, the uber reliable Supernova E3 Triple and Schmidt SON28 Klassic Dyno hub are a must. For trails, a set of Exposure Reflex lights are used (2200 lumen output each). The rear rack is a custom OMM (Old Man Mountain) rack which is anchored at the rear skewer for maximum durability (OMM Ultimate Low Rider not shown). Ortlieb Bike Roller Plus panniers (front & rear not shown) are used for those extended rides.
This is the ultimate exploration 29er. I have logged thousands of miles in the first two years without a single component failure. The geometry is deceptive - with a tall head angle and rake, the bike is nimble off the line for its size. Once up to speed, the wheel inertia keeps the bike straight and true. Descents are a breeze and the rig trails like a motorcycle. All of the comfort and durability that a touring machine should be.
If you are looking for a touring or expedition rig that will not let you down and will be comfortable to ride 10-12 hours per day, look no further. This is the ultimate touring machine (call the boys at DEAN and they will set you up with a SWEET ride).