The Bikes of Tour de Braai

The Tour de Braai is a five-day gravel ride starting in George and ending in Swellendam. The brainchild of Jan Braai, the Tour takes riders through some of the Western Cape's most beautiful passes. With the growth of gravel riding comes an onslaught of new and interesting bikes and in this regard, the Tour de Braai did not disappoint.

Erik Kleinhans's Canyon Exceed CF SLX


Erik Kleinhans arrived with what must be one of the cleanest monster cross builds we've seen. Erik has fitted drop bars to his Canyon Exceed 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike. The drivetrain is also a mix and match with a SRAM XX1 Eagle crankset with a Force derailleur and brakeset. Erik retained the RockShoc RS-1 fork but custom fitted the remote lockout to the drop bars. The wheels are DT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline with Maxxis Icon 2.2 front and Aspen 2.1 rear.

 

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Jan Braai's Santa Cruz Stigmata CC


Jan Braai, the imagination behind the race, rocked up in style with this Santa Cruz Stigmata. As is customary with a Santa Cruz, the wheels are from Enve fitted and wrapped 38c Vitorria Adventure Trail tyres. The Zipp handelbars, stem, and seatpost polish off a well-rounded bike.

 

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Rob Gilmour's Lynskey Cooper CX


The supple, shock-absorbing ride that titanium provides makes it an ideal material for endurance gravel bikes. Even the most ardent steel or titanium rider will concede that carbon forks are the way to go on a rigid setup, and on this bike Rob has elected Lynsky's Pro Carbon CX. The SRAM Force1 drivetrain powers American Classic Race wheels with challenge Gravel Grinder 38c tyres.

 

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Leonardo van Onselen's 3T Explorer


Leonardo's white carbon 3T Explorer certainly stands out in a crowd. 3T say this purpose built gravel bike boasts aerodynamic frame tubing that benefits the rider on fast tar sections and headwinds. This particular build is fitted with Easton EC90 carbon wheels along with a SRAM Force1 groupset with a Rotor 3D crankset.

 

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David Moseley's Trek Crockett 5


The Trek Crockett 5 represents a more attainable option for the everyday rider, but is just as capable as the exotic bikes above. The bike arrives from the factory with a Shimano 105 drivetrain with FSA crankset while braking is taken care of by a set of Hayes CX 5 mechanical disc brakes. Bontrager cockpit components and wheels complete the bike. The one change on this bike are the Vittoria Adventure Trail 38c tubeless tyres.

 

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19 Comments

Comments

Gnarly, May 16 2017 07:06

Santa Cruz Please....YOH

gummibear, May 16 2017 07:19

A few stunning bikes here but really not sure about that 3T.You'll need a kidney belt with that bike.

Wil6, May 16 2017 07:28

That Lanskey, but why oh why the white saddle, grips and stem

DJuice, May 16 2017 08:45

Awesome, please bring more of this!

Grease_Monkey, May 16 2017 08:53

That Canyon... N+1 syndrome is kicking in with the monster cross bikes. The list of want is just getting longer and longer haha.

Pipsqueak, May 16 2017 09:06

Jan Braai must have sold a few cook-books for that SC. Nice bike.

Patchelicious, May 16 2017 01:04

A few stunning bikes here but really not sure about that 3T.You'll need a kidney belt with that bike.

 

That 3T is HOT.

 

Cool thing about that frame is the tyre clearance. You can run full MTB tyres no problemo, at low pressure, so it is actually super comfy.

Hairy, May 16 2017 01:16

THIS IS HOT with a big bolt T

 

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Pure Savage, May 16 2017 03:09

Nobody got given the Momsen to ride?

Jan Braai, May 17 2017 01:19

Nobody got given the Momsen to ride?

Saw the Momsen article about their test gravel bike this morning. Definitely one we need on the November tour.

Jan Braai, May 17 2017 01:20

THIS IS HOT with a big bolt T

 

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Tour de Braai - Hot like coals. 

Jan Braai, May 17 2017 01:23

Jan Braai must have sold a few cook-books for that SC. Nice bike.

Haha, that is actually exactly my strategy when I buy a new bike. I buy it with book royalties! This particular beauty I can't really afford but wanted a fast and able bike for the tour to keep up with the front guys. So you will actually note that it's currently on the classifieds section of this website for a vastly reduced price to what it retails for. 

Jan Braai, May 17 2017 01:25

That Lanskey, but why oh why the white saddle, grips and stem

I think Rob does that because he is a Soutie, so the white saddle and grips hides the salt when he starts sweating out all his soutie on the big hills. 

Jan Braai, May 17 2017 01:27

Awesome, please bring more of this!

2nd week of November. Dropping like a steak on a grid. Hopefully more potential participants now know and will use gravel bikes next time.

fusion01, May 17 2017 06:20

Wasn't gravel meant for things with 4 wheels that tend to go somewhat straight?! Hahah... anyway some nice bike porn.

Mongoose!, May 17 2017 10:11

Pity i did not know about the tour because my monster bike would have fit in...haha

dwinter, May 21 2017 12:44

is it just me or are these okes running some spicy ratios here...?

 

Jan - is that a 11-42 with a 40 up front? What was that like on some of the steeper climbs? 

Jan Braai, May 23 2017 09:29

is it just me or are these okes running some spicy ratios here...?

 

Jan - is that a 11-42 with a 40 up front? What was that like on some of the steeper climbs? 

I have a 42 at the front with 11-36 at the back. What I definitely don't need is anything higher - managed 79kph down Houtbay side of Suikerbossie, and definitely never intend going that fast on gravel. Lowest gear was only a problem twice, on Montagu Pass and on Rooiberg Pass. Could get up it without issues, but not spinning in the type of cadence we all like to ride nowadays. Gravel being way less technical than actual mountain biking it wasn't an issue control and steering wise. For the same route I would keep the same gears and keep the close spaced cluster (and just cement up for the two big passes). If you are riding Rooiberg every day or you're particularly unfit one extra gear at the back would be needed. 

dwinter, May 23 2017 02:29

I have a 42 at the front with 11-36 at the back. What I definitely don't need is anything higher - managed 79kph down Houtbay side of Suikerbossie, and definitely never intend going that fast on gravel. Lowest gear was only a problem twice, on Montagu Pass and on Rooiberg Pass. Could get up it without issues, but not spinning in the type of cadence we all like to ride nowadays. Gravel being way less technical than actual mountain biking it wasn't an issue control and steering wise. For the same route I would keep the same gears and keep the close spaced cluster (and just cement up for the two big passes). If you are riding Rooiberg every day or you're particularly unfit one extra gear at the back would be needed. 

Thanks Jan - interesting - I thought the granny would have been a proper grind ala single-speed...