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Review: FiftyOne Bikes Assassin gravel bike delivers on versatility without sacrificing speed

Review: FiftyOne Bikes Assassin gravel bike delivers on versatility without sacrificing speed

For some time now, gravel bikes have been almost divided into two categories. You have the fast, light, race-focused bikes with smaller tire clearance and…

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For some time now, gravel bikes have been almost divided into two categories. You have the fast, light, race-focused bikes with smaller tire clearance and fewer mounts for accessories. And then you have the more adventure-focused set with room for massive tires, all the mounts, and often, a slightly more relaxed geometry.

But what if you want a gravel bike that can do both?

That seems to be the focus of the newest model from FiftyOne Bikes–the Assassin. It’s a bike that is fast and light enough to race your favorite gravel event without the bike holding you back. But it’s also just as eager to load up with bags and big tires to get out of Dodge on your next bikepacking adventure. It seems with the Assassin, you may not have to choose.

Before the Assassin showed up at my door, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As the first ‘production’ bike from FiftyOne Bikes, the Assassin is quite different than the custom tube-to-tube carbon creations the brand is known for. But that attention to detail that makes their custom bikes so incredible carries through on their new gravel bike as well. Build Your Own Adventure

From front to back, the Assassin includes most of the details you could want out of a versatile gravel bike. One detail that sets the Assassin apart is the ability to adjust the dropouts at both ends of the bike. There are other bikes out there like the Otso Tuning Chip system at the back, […]

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