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Commencal says the new 365 isn't just another gravel bike

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Liam Mercer

Tech Editor here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as revelling in cycling's intricacies. Whether it's gravel, mountain, or e-MTB as long as it's a bike on dirt, he's happy.

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10 months 1 week ago

This will be challenged once we get hands-on with the bike.

Langsam wrote:

 

Erm, since when has an aluminium fork led to 'reduced hand fatigue'? Who writes this nonsense, and as a journalist, why don't you challenge it? Otherwise it's just a regurgitated press release. Do better!

 

10 months 1 week ago

Sounds to me like just another gravel bike...

Not that there's anything wrong with gravel bikes - I own one! Just that it would be nice if the marketing spiel had at least a modicum of substance behind it.

I would also argue that with a name like "365" you would expect versitility to be king - and yet this bike seems to be lacking in this regard. In particular, it lacks mounting points - there are none above the top tube (for a bolt-on top tube bag; I don't know what you would use the mounts underneath the top tube for); none on the underside of the downtube (unless you can co-opt the bolts that are holding the protection in place?); none on the fork; and none for proper mudguards or a rear rack. The max 47mm tyre clearance is probably wide enough for most uses but by no means exceptional (especially on a gravel bike with MTB tendancies). I would also prefer it to be 2x compatible - not everyone will want to run 2x, but nice to have the option (especially if versitility is paramount). 

10 months 1 week ago

Erm, since when has an aluminium fork led to 'reduced hand fatigue'? Who writes this nonsense, and as a journalist, why don't you challenge it? Otherwise it's just a regurgitated press release. Do better!

10 months 1 week ago

I'd honestly like to know how in the world an aluminium fork reduces hand fatigue?