The Hook 1 is the starting point for anyone looking to dabble in some CX racing, gravel rides or generally just looking for a very versatile bike to explore some new places. At the heart of the Hook is its crmo steel frame, a material which is ideally suited to a multi purpose lifestyle, being strong and durable to take a few knocks, naturally low resonating for a more comfortable ride yet stiff where it counts to efficiently get you where you’re going, quickly. The geometry is designed to be comfortable, stable and yet very fast and responsive, and thanks to the TRP Spyre disc brakes, the Hook immediately has you feeling in complete control. The SRAM Apex 2×10 shifting is consistent and reliable, and offers plenty of gears for even the steepest of climbs. If you decide to load up for a commute or bike packing trip, the integrated rack and fender mounts mean the Hook is quickly transformed and ready for the journey.
If the idea of chasing Strava KOMs makes your eyes roll, then you’re probably the kind of rider who prefers to take in the scenery rather than staring through mirrored lenses at your stem. At the core of the Audax is the full CrMo frame, with double butted tubes providing a light and strong endurance road machine. The steel’s natural dampening characteristics take out a lot of the road ‘buzz’ letting your arms relax as you eat up the miles. The dropouts and seat stays are ready for a rear rack and thanks to the longer chainstays there’s plenty of heel clearance when panniers are mounted. Up front, the taller headtube is a little bit easier on the back muscles, and the longer trail length means the steering is far less ‘nervous’ than on a race bike. Thanks to the Shimano 105 compact chainset and 11-28 cassette, it doesn’t matter where your Audax takes you there’s plenty of gears to climb those hills. If the weather turns nasty as it often can, the fenders become invaluable and indeed a new best friend.
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