VALRAVN - S
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.
"While you might expect me to get stuck straight into the suspension fork that adorns the front of the Valravn, it was actually the geometry that stood out ahead of anything else.
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
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 line between Gravel & Enduro bikes, 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 a prototype rudy fork and test frame the 40mm stem was the best all round fit for the frame so a longer reach similar to the Valravn MX is used.
Reynolds 853 butted main tubes
Custom formed T45 seat and chainstays
Stainless drop out hardware with replaceable Alloy mech hanger
700x50c tyre clearance
12x1.0mm maxle stealth rear axle
142x12mm Rear spacing, 100x15mm Front
31.6mm with shims available for 30.9mm - 27.2mm posts
44mm head tube ZS44 top EC44 bottom
68mm BSA BB
FM160 rear brake mount 180mm max rotor
5 Standard sizes Custom fit options available
Custom paint and colour matching available
Additional bosses and rack mounts available as well as custom racks & mud gaurds
Frame only in stealth copper (other colours available) from £1,950.00
Custom fitting (bike fit not included) +£350.00
Limited 10 bike SRAM launch edition Spec including custom fit frame £7,499.00*
*bike fit not included
Limited Edition Complete
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. These frames will include Custom fitting and personal details and touches like engraving and accesories.
Frame: Valravn-S Stealth Copper, Custom Fit
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