This listing is for one of a limited number of Rudy XPLR equipped Valravn-S bikes with custom Fit included*.
We are pleased to anounce that we have secured some of the first Rudy and XPLR groupsets coming into the UK early next year and are offering a limited run of Launch edition bikes similar to the bikes that where ordered by SRAM for the debut of the new ZIPP 101 XPLR wheels, Rudy Fork and XPLR Seat post.
"The big plus here, just as intended, is that the Valravn feels superb when faced with any kind of downhill or fast paced trail, where it’s handling really elevates confidence.
The long reach and slack head angle makes for a surefooted feel on the descents and, for the first time since dipping my toe into the world of gravel riding, that I don’t feel like I’m about to go over the bars and out the front door as soon as the gradient steepens.
This has led to me riding more of what I enjoy and linking sections or road loops with more demanding singletrack than I once thought possible on a bike with drop bars."
Rob Weaver - BikeRadar
The third evolution of the Valravn Platform arrived by request when SRAM needed a frame to mount their new Rudy Gravel Suspension fork, XPLR Reverb & XPLR drivetrain.
If Gravel bikes opened the door to new oportunites and adventures, then Rudy has blown the five bar gate off its hinges. Whilst 40mm of suspension might not seem much when considered alongside MTB forks it is night and day when dealing with the kind of terrain that formerly pushed the limits of current gravel bikes, and I'm not talking about technical MTB trails. This was never intended to blur the lines between Mountain and gravel, this is about those high speed rock strewn moorland decents and long days off road that would have blured your vision and reduced your hands to a blistered pulp.
With the fork having a 40/50mm taller axle to crown than most current gravel bikes the best solution was a dedicated chassis with a few other small tweeks thrown in to better suit the more agressive riding that this bike is now capable of.
Compared to the Valravn Evo the BB is raised 10mm to allow for fork sag and whilst the head angle stays the same as the Evo at 69° Rudy's offset comes in a bit shorter at 44mm, and after extensive testing of stems from 35mm to 60mm in 5mm increments on the prototype frame the 40mm stem was the best all round fit for the frame so a longer reach similar to the Valravn MX is used.
VALRAVN' Raven of the Slain
According to Danish folklore, when a king was killed in battle and not found, ravens came and ate him. The ravens became valravne. The valravne that ate the king's heart gained human knowledge and could perform great malicious acts, could lead people astray, had superhuman powers, and were "terrible animals"
Frame: Valravn-S Stealth Copper, Custom Fit (other colours available)
Fork: Rockshox Rudy Ultimate Gloss Black
Headset: Hope ZS44/EC44 Black
Seatpost: RockShox XPLR AXS 75mm
Handle Bar: Zipp XPLR SL 40cm, 42cm, 44cm and 46cm available
Stem: Truvativ Atmos 40mm
Crankset: SRAM Force DUB 46T Aero
Chain: SRAM XX1 12s Black
Cassette: SRAM XX1 10-52 Copper
Rear Mech: SRAM XX1 AXS
Shift/Brake: SRAM Force AXS Hydro
Disc Rotors: SRAM CLX 160/180mm
Bar Tape: ZIPP Service Course CX Black
Saddle: San Marco GND wide
Wheels: ZIPP 101 XPLR or ZIPP 303 Firecrest
Tyres: ZIPP G40 XPLR 40c
*Independant Bike fit session recomended. Not included in the Price.
*Frames will be prepared within 2-3 weeks after placing a deposit, then assembled and delivered once the components arrive. Current ETA for components is May 2022, this date is out of Ra bikes control and is subject to change without notice.