Earlier this year in January, we took a trip down to Scottsdale, Arizona to ride desert gravel. From the legendary McDowell Preservation trails that seem to wind around forever, to the long and flat canal paths that stretch out across the desert, we were impressed with the variety and quality of terrain – and of course had a lot of fun.
In Scottsdale, we also visited Bicycle Haüs, owned by Kale Keltz. This unique and modern retailer sells only the highest quality bikes and accessories. Everything from the top level mechanics, to the coffee bar, to the hospitality provided by everyone in the shop was world class, and we were thankful to join one of their many weekend rides that leave from the shop.
Kale’s own personal gravel bike build reflects both the shop, and the style of riding in Arizona. Outfitted with ENVE G23 wheels, the bike is fast on the road sections between gravel, while staying light and nimble on the dirt portions of the ride that sometimes venture onto jeep trails or the occasional hard pack singletrack.
The bar choice was an ENVE Gravel Bar sized down a bit at 42cm, to keep the fit and feel very similar between gravel bike and road bike. Without too much technical or loose terrain on rides leaving from the shop in old-downtown Scottsdale, this type of bar choice suits the terrain perfectly.
Overall, we think this bike with the matching custom wheel decals looks a bit better with a light coating of dirt and dust. Thankfully, Kale and the whole crew at Bicycle Haüs ride regularly enough to keep that aesthetic while making sure the bike rolls fast and smoothly.
Frame – Cervelo Aspero
Drivetrain – Shimano GRX Di2 w/42t Front GRX Chainring
Wheels – ENVE G23 w/i9 Torch Hubs
Handlebars – ENVE Gravel Bar – 42cm
Stem – ENVE Road Stem
Seatpost – ENVE Seatpost – Zero Offset
Bar Tape – ENVE Bar Tape
Tires – Specialized Pathfinder 700x42mm Tires