I guess this bike (frame set) was released last year, and sold out, but I didn’t hear about it until some time this winter. I decided I had to have one, and made a pre-order. A bike swap was attended and items purchased, the pre-ordered frame set arrived in stock and shipped early, and a very promising looking weather forecast had been revealed, which clearly seemed like the end of winter. And so I find myself, a few weeks later, with a completed Planet X London Road, custom build. And riding it around in balmy Spring weather. Awesome!
This is what it looks like. How ’bout that color, huh? Zesty! So what is so great about it? Well, if it isn’t obvious…
Planet X kind of pitches this bike as a full time commuter and part time cyclocross bike, and potentially a bike with which one could do some touring. But here in the US, gravel racing is kind of a big thing. I’m sure there must be dirt and gravel roads in England, but perhaps not to the extent of rural North America. So calling it a “gravel bike” to an English audience would not make a lot of sense. Fair enough.
But this is indeed a gravel bike. And a commuter, a tourer, and a cyclocross bike. It is a disc road bike, with rough road and off road capability. Because of tire capacity (40mm+) it can offer a greater measure of comfort than other road bikes, if you desire or need. But no reason it can’t go fast, too, with the skinny tire bunch. I think it is a brilliant design, combining things in a way that I don’t think has quite been done before. In the early days of gravel racing, people were adopting bikes that already existed, but now there are bikes and frames designed and optimized for this kind of riding, and I think this is one of the best.