The Fezzari team is onto something with the new Shafer gravel bike. It’s not built to be a race-optimized gravel bike, but instead aims for fun and versatility as the everyman’s gravel bike. Similar to the BMC URS, the new Shafer has clear MTB influences with a 74-degree seat angle and slack 68.9-degree head angle with an extra-long top tube and stubby stem. To combat wandering, the fork has a 50mm offset for stability and responsive slow-speed steering.
For added confidence, the new Shafer has been tested to MTB standards and includes a lifetime warranty. Unique to Fezzari is their MonoForm frame construction. When I first heard about it, I was impressed by the technology on display from a smaller manufacturer. The beauty of MonoForm is that the frame is truly built as a single piece — not bonded-on rear triangles. This reduces weight, increases power transfer and adds comfort because each area of the frame can be optimized without the need to accommodate frame joints.
The new Shafer will be available starting at $2299 for Shimano GRX and up to $3699 for Campagnolo Ekar. We should be getting aboard a Shafer here shortly, so look for a review in the coming months.
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