Why We Like The Kanzo Adventure Rival1 Gravel Bike
All-road riding has certainly exploded over the past few years, building upon a once niche cycling discipline and morphing into a popular division of cycling that's opened up a whole new perspective on cycling. From overgrown fire roads to two-track, the shift away from pure road machines has expanded our view of how far and what terrain we can cover in a given day. For those looking to put in some time both on- and off-road, the Kanzo Adventure comes ready for whatever adventure is on the calendar. Modern carbon construction combines with SRAM’s Rival 1 components to keep you forging ahead in style and comfort no matter where your ride takes you.
Ridley shapes the Kanzo’s frame using ultralight, high modulus carbon fiber, equipping the frame to offer swift accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from pannier-laden weekend trips to gravel races, and even if you rank to throw your 'cross hat in the ring. Subtly asymmetrical, its Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg to allow it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 12 x 100mm thru axle up front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout.
As implied by the above, the Kanzo is a melting pot of frame geometries. The result resembles more of a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night, as noted by its lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of an aggressive slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley does extend the Kanzo Adventure head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer rides and touring rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the Kanzo is designed to run tires up to 47mm wide for more comfort and traction across more rugged terrain. This particular build pairs 45mm WTB Riddler tires for greater traction across dirt and gravel.
As we mentioned above, this bike is kitted out with the precise and reliable shifting of SRAM’s Rival 1 drivetrain. Pairing a 46t chainring and a wide-ranging cassette, SRAM Rival 1 provides ample gearing to spin up the steep ascents of dirt roads as well as a large enough chainring to keep pace on flats, while powerful hydraulic disc brakes keep speed in check when you’re coming down the backside.
- An all-road adventure bike for multi-surface riding and racing
- Long, stable geometry keeps its footing on gravel and dirt
- High-modulus carbon frame is efficient and lightweight
- Disc brakes keep stopping on point in inclement conditions
- SRAM Rival 1 shifting lends the right gear when you need it
- Voluminous WTB Riddler tires for confident handling