Gravel without the grrr…
It’s ok, you’re amongst friends. This is uncharted territory for all of us. Does us making, and you considering, a gravel bike mean we’ve both crossed a line? Gone to the dark side, as dark as asphalt, and the photo-filter of choice is ‘grainy black and white’ for added macho vibes?
The way we see it, all this adventure-bike hype is just a way of more people finding the joy of leaving the tarmac and going where the hell they want, how they want – and that’s definitely our territory. We can’t help noticing this modern gravel geo plays to our heritage too. So, all in all, time we got involved.
The Switchpath is a gravel machine from the mountains, not the r*@d.
You can sleep easy knowing we’ve drawn a line in the gravel and come down firmly on the side of the mountain fraternity. This is as close to the r*@d as we can cope with. It means you don’t have to compromise on the fun and can keep your shorts as loose as your riding. Just so we’re clear – this is not a green light for lycra.
We’ve slackened off the head angle further than most to 70º, so you can still go further and faster, but ‘funner’ too. There’s room here for 47mm tyres to keep things on the playful and aggressive side. Take on the techy trails that other bikes in this category would have their owners filling their far-too-tight pants. Let’s face it, in the 90s you’d have been downhilling on these measurements.
There’s all the trademark ‘build-it-how-you-want-it’ Stanton goodness here. Go full superlight dreambuild with carbon drops, or stick on the flat bars and dropper post you know and love for some old school XC vibes. We recommend anything from a 60 to 90mm stem, and you’ll find I.S. brake calliper mounts for added flexibility too.
Where you won’t find any unwanted flexibility is in the triple-butted, aerospace-grade Ti frame. Put together by the finest fabricators we’ve ever found with welds that are as strong as they are satisfying to look at.
You can pair it with a carbon fork or our seriously special, and unique to Stanton, titanium one. Developed in partnership with the same world-leading Ti fabricator, we like to see it as an example of how we don’t just follow the herd but look for interesting, innovative and engineering-led answers. The fact those answers also look insanely badass is what we’re all about too.
All our frames are hand-finished at our Derbyshire HQ and you can choose the final look with blasted, polished, Cerakote or anodised decals. Adding some unique beauty to titanium’s famed hard-wearing, corrosion-resistant properties.
With the launch of the Switchpath we’ve stuck to our principles and created something that fits with our gravity-inspired, playful philosophy – we like some grins with our grrr.
As usual we’ve gone our own way. With the Switchpath you go yours.