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A limited edition African Onguza gravel bike. Onguza only builds one model at a time from their workshop in Omaruru, Namibia on the south west coast of Africa, and they build them in very limited numbers. Officially, these Original Gravel Model 1 gravel bikes launched back at Bespoked , but now let’s take a closer look at them. Just 15 framesets and 5 complete bikes will be made, and… “ When they’re gone they’re gone. “ Who is Onguza?
A dozen years in the making, Onguza is the project of Namibia ex-pro cyclist & 5x national road champion Dan Craven (who raced for Rapha Condor, Europcar & the Cycling Academy precursor to the current Israel-Premier Tech), his partner & wife Collyn Ahart, and a pretty big team that helped him set up shop back in his hometown near the southwestern top of Africa with local framebuilders. Craven and Ahart moved from Girona back to Namibia last May c. Onguza The result is a world-class level steel frame-building workshop creating high-value jobs and developing local talent. The first two frame builders trained at home & abroad for the past 5 years – Petrus Mufenge and Sakaria Nkolo (who are now shareholders in the company, too) – are now crafting premium steel bike frames “on a dusty farm in Namibia”. As Craven describes it, “It’s maybe the last place you’d expect something extraordinary to come […]