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SERIOUS GRAFIX PRO
THE SERIOUS GRAFIX PRO ENDURANCE TEST – A VERSATILE ALL-ROUNDER
Gravel bikes are currently enjoying a lot of attention. It’s no wonder they are, since their versatility is unrivaled. They combine the sportiness of a road bike with the off-road capabilities of a mountain bike. It’s high time we took a closer look at one of these beauties. Marion from Purchasing volunteered to test the bike. She’s responsible for sourcing products for our Triathlon, Swimming, Swimrun and Sports Nutrition ranges. In her spare time, Marion is an avid swimmer and has got into triathlon and racing cycling in the past few years. No longer wanting to confine herself to road cycling, she has recently taken an interest in off-road cycling. For the past year, she has been testing out the Serious Grafix Pro.
Read on to find out how Marion got on with her first gravel bike.
The first impression
I was looking forward to thoroughly testing the Serious Grafix. It was my first chance to ride a gravel racer – I’d wanted to check them out for a while. Classic road bikes offer distance cycling possibilities, but training on the road can sometimes feel a bit one-dimensional. I liked the idea of being able to turn off the road and head into the middle of nature, whenever I felt like it.
I was looking forward to thoroughly testing the Serious Grafix. It was my first chance to ride a gravel racer – I’d wanted to check them out for a while. Classic road bikes offer distance cycling possibilities, but training on the road can sometimes feel a bit one-dimensional. I liked the idea of being able to turn off the road and head into the middle of nature, whenever I felt like it. The bike immediately left a good impression on me: its design is reminiscent of a classic road bike, but the 35 mm wide Schwalbe G-ONE tyres are obviously made for rougher rides. The aluminium frame and fork felt well built, whilst the continuous cable guide on the lower tube and the hydraulic disc brakes are a neat addition. In general, the quality of the components are impressive considering the cost of the bike. It’s unusual to see a SRAM 1x11 circuit, hydraulic brakes and A-Class CXD6 wheels for this price. The Zipp seat post, stem and handlebars are also of a highly quality.
Testing the Serious Grafix Pro
I tested the Serious Grafix Pro for a full year. I used it in my spare time and also rode it on the way to work – certainly enough time to get to know the bike well. I also registered for the VOTEC Gravel Fondo Event, a 120 km long gravel bike ride. I was out exploring the Black Forest’s woodland and gravel paths, asphalt roads and flowing trail sections just a few days after receiving the Grafix Pro. I immediately noticed the relatively compact seating position of the Grafix Pro. It felt a little shorter than my racing bike and it took a while to get used to the wider tyres, which offer a different riding experience. The wheels give the impression of stability and sturdiness. Its wider tyres create traction and grip off-road, whilst offering surprisingly fast rolling over asphalt too. The hydraulic disc brakes are perfectly tuned to offer maximum control over the bike. The addition of the SRAM 1x11 gear system is a real plus – changing gear is a very intuitive experience thanks to the single gear switch. The cassette offers a wide range of speeds. The gears are not quite as finely graded as in a road bike gear system, but for fast gear changes over hilly terrain, it was ideal.
The versatility of the Serious Grafix Pro was what impressed me the most. The bike was able to handle whatever it came up against. The bike was as efficient as a road bike, whilst also offering effortless terrain performance. The multi-purpose aspect of the bike certainly means it requires a bit more care and attention to other bikes, but getting your gear dirty is all part of the fun! What could be improved? The saddle is a bit too hard and pedals feature a fairly basic design. Most will no doubt change to clipless pedals in due course anyway. Weighing in at 10.5kg, the Grafix Pro certainly isn’t light either. Finally, I thought the colour scheme was a little unadventurous for such an exciting bike.
Serious Cycles – Great bikes at beginner prices
Modern cycling doesn’t have to cost a fortune – that’s the mission of Serious Cycles. Functionality, durability and high-quality workmanship make a huge difference to the riding experience of the everyday biker. Sophisticated bikes with great riding characteristics, reliable components from top brands and an unbeatable price-performance ratio – that’s what Serious does so well. They give everyone the chance to enjoy a great cycling experience!