Spanish performance bike brand Berria has announced its first foray into the world of gravel with the launch of the Belador Allroad, a bike that takes a lot of inspiration from the mountain bike world.
Berria’s CEO David Vitoria said: "The new Bellador Allroad is a bike which fuses our vast experience and knowledge from the worlds of road and MTB, and is the result of our continual pursuit of high performance. It is the brand's first gravel bike and its design - which incorporates an innovative soft tail damping solution - brilliantly reflects our core values of passion, functionality and versatility."
The frame and fork on four of the five launch models are produced using Berria’s own HM2X carbon which offers the perfect blend of weight and stiffness whilst incorporating ride-damping compliance - the fifth model features a suspension fork.
Active Flex Concept and suspension
For the promised comfortable ride, Berria has developed its new Active Flex Concept (AFC) which integrates full-bearing pivots into its innovative rear triangle design. The pivot suspension alone offers 26mm of travel to provide riders increased comfort and reduced fatigue whilst also improving traction, grip, and control on technical terrain.
The rear triangle packs other features, as well. Berria has opted for a shorter chainstay that ensures lightning-fast responsiveness, and the heavily tapered and flexible, dropped seat stays allow the rear section to absorb more impact without compromising power transfer. Meanwhile, a 27.2mm carbon seat post further smoothes the ride on three of the four launch models, with a dropper post utilised on the highest-spec ‘LTD’ model.
Spec and geometry
The Belador Allroad comes with an oversized bottom bracket and as mentioned earlier, the flared chainstays are said to minimise energy wastage, providing the platform for powerful accelerations, while the compact head tube offers the stiffness and responsiveness required to control the bike during aggressive accelerations.
The 'slack' head angle (71.5° on a large) and 45mm fork rake keep steering predictable, and the headset accommodates a wide variety of handlebars so riders can customize their cockpits to achieve their own perfect position.
2022 Berria Bellador Allroad gravel bike cockpit, by Suvi Loponen
In terms of accessories, the Belador Allroad has a top tube bracket able to accommodate a storage bag and various bottle cages positioned in the frame. The dropouts have been strengthened to absorb excess impacts, while the Universal Derailleur Hanger is easily replaceable and can run 1x or 2x chainsets and accommodate wider-range mountain bike sprockets.
The Belador Allroad features full internal cable routing, which not only keeps a clean aesthetic and protects the cables from debris and the elements but also plays a key role in the Anti-Mud System (AMS) incorporated into the frame.
By keeping the cabling fully internal, Berria claims it has been able to maximize clearance through the frame’s traditional pinch points whilst also minimizing the tyre-facing surface area. The result is a much smaller zone in which mud can accumulate, reducing the risk of unwanted friction.
The Belador Allroad can accommodate up to 44mm tyres in 700c diameter and 47mm in 650b size. All of the bikes can be customised by customers using Berria’s BerriaDesign program.
The top-spec Belador Allroad LTD model features an SRAM Reverb AXS XPLR dropper seat-post and a RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR fork with 30mm travel. There will be five models available, including the top-end Belador Allroad LTD, with prices starting from €1,750/£1,500 for the alloy-framed HP4 edition, and ranging from €3,000/£2,600 to €5,900/5,100 for the carbon models.
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