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Why Lauf has launched a road bike – and the thinking behind it

Why Lauf has launched a road bike – and the thinking behind it

Lauf Uthald endurance road bike Lauf has always done things a little differently, going back to 2013 when the Icelandic brand teased its first leaf-sprung…

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Lauf Uthald endurance road bike Lauf has always done things a little differently, going back to 2013 when the Icelandic brand teased its first leaf-sprung suspension fork for mountain bikes.

In the years since, Lauf has turned its attention to gravel bikes, with the True Grit arriving in 2017 and, more recently, the Seigla. Now, the company has launched its first road bike, the Úthald.

In Icelandic, Úthald means ‘endurance’ – but, as you’d expect from Lauf, it’s a bike designed to challenge the traditional conventions of race and endurance road bikes .

Lauf has applied its knowledge from designing gravel bikes to produce a road bike that takes a different approach to fast progress on tarmac, with a slack geometry that balances stability and performance, and a tailored approach to aerodynamics.

Let’s dive deeper into why Lauf has launched a road bike – and the thinking behind the new Lauf Úthald . A road bike from a gravel background

Lauf has switched from gravel to road with the new Úthald endurance bike. Lauf

The relationship between road bikes and gravel bikes is convoluted. The first gravel bikes were essentially road bikes with wider clearance, according to Lauf’s founder and CEO, Benedikt Skúlason.Then, gravel bikes started to develop their own personality, with a more relaxed geometry, lower gearing and ever-increasing tyre clearance.The emergence of gravel race bikes as a sub-category has seen things swing back the other way. Many fast gravel bikes are getting closer to road bike territory again through more conservative […]

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