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Onguza launches Gravel Model 1 at Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show

Onguza launches Gravel Model 1 at Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show

Onguza has launched its first bike, a steel-framed gravel bike called the Gravel Model 1. Displaying the Gravel Model 1 at the Bespoked Cycle Show…

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Onguza has launched its first bike, a steel-framed gravel bike called the Gravel Model 1.

Displaying the Gravel Model 1 at the Bespoked Cycle Show in London, Dan Craven, the brand’s founder and a former professional cyclist, says the bike is intended to represent the small town of Omaruru, Namibia in Africa, where Onguza is based.

Craven says the bike also has features that should make it appealing to an international market.

Onguza first launched in 2021, but it is only now the brand has officially launched its first bike, with 15 framesets and five complete builds available.

Craven says when the bikes are gone, they are gone, and you will have to wait for Onguza to release a new batch of bikes in the future. Why make a gravel bike?

Craven spent his professional career racing on the road, completing the Vuelta España and being crowned the national road champion of Namibia four times.

He also planned to race an Onguza road bike at the Tokyo Olympics last year, before he had to withdraw after contracting Covid-19.As a result, the fact that Onguza’s first publicly available bike is a gravel bike may seem unusual. Surely, the road racer would start a brand with a road bike ?However, the reason Onguza has launched a gravel bike first can be put down to an attitude Craven will share with many people who have taken to this style of bike.“The reason gravel bikes are so popular is that you can do everything with them,” he explains.“Even […]

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