For its debut, we felt it fitting to splash Chiva on the Páramo, our gravel bike. Much like the Chiva, the Páramo is designed to tackle varied, rugged terrain with an air of utility and a flash of flamboyance. This one in particular reflects our evolving approach toward gravel, going beyond simply a road bike with fat tires. In Colombia and at our US outpost in California, we often encounter dirt on drop bars that’s nearly mountain bike-worthy, but is so far out of the way we’d never want to take one. The ideal gravel bike? One that can handle technical off-road riding without making us miserable on the road. So, we’ve taken a page from modern progressive mountain bikes without compromising capability on pavement with this Páramo. The frame itself is longer, with a very low bottom bracket and slacker head tube angle, helping with stability and predictability off-road. This is balanced with a shorter stem and wider, flared handlebars, which increases steering speed. Finally, this bike also received a prototype of our new internal dropper routing, which seriously improves confidence on technical descents, especially for riders with longer legs
The nerdy bits
Build-wise, we set it up with the solid, simple, and clean SRAM eTap AXS 12s mullet setup. The 10-50t cassette has a ton of range, and we dug up an old Quarq 130BCD powermeter that received a new breath of life from a Garbaruk 42t ring. It’s rolling on a set of ENVE G23 gravel wheels, which, after a few months of testing, we’re sold on. They’re quite light (1300g) and spin up quickly, but the real party piece is their patented tire bead lip. The fat hookless lip cuts down significantly on flats caused by tire cuts, something we’re familiar with at the low pressures demanded by off-road riding.