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New Otso gravel bike can be adapted for rigid or suspension forks

Published June 1, 2018

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (BRAIN) — Otso's new Waheela S steel gravel frame features a custom lower headset spacer that maintains the frame geometry whether used with a rigid fork or a suspension fork like Fox's F32AX gravel fork.


The 20 millimeter spacer is used with a rigid fork and removed for a suspension fork. The custom headset is made by Otso's sister company, Wolf Tooth. 

The frame also features an adjustable Tuning Chip dropout system. The dropout allows the axle to be moved rearward to accommodate larger tires. The axle slot is slanted up to increase bottom bracket drop as larger tires are used, to maintain the bottom bracket height.

The frame, made of Reynolds 520 tuning, can be built with tires ranging from 700x28 through road-plus 650Cx53 or as wide as a 29x2.1. 

Otso said the frame has "progressive gravel geometry" with a longer top tube length and shorter stem. It also has internal dropper post cable routing and an array of braze-ons for racks, fenders and bottle cages.

A frame with carbon Lithic fork retails for $899. Complete bikes start at $1,999. Options include the Fox F32 AX fork or the Lauf Grit fork. A KS E30i fork is also an option.

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