Local is Slacker – the Momsen R355
This 648km (and almost entirely gravel) road links Ceres in the Western Cape to Springbok in the Northern Cape, and has a reputation as a brutally tough but richly rewarding route.
Victor Momsen, owner of Momsen Bikes, stresses the fact that the R355 is not a CX bike intended for lap racing. Its taller head tube, slacker head angle and longer wheelbase offer stable, predictable handling, intended for long days turning the pedals.
Straight out the box the R355 is ready to hit any road, with a Sram 1×11 drivetrain, Sram Hydro disc brakes, Stan’s ZTR Grail tubeless-ready wheels and a set of 700x40C Clement X’Plor tyres. Flared handlebars are a nice touch, adding extra control and allowing a bar bag to be fitted easily.
In terms of tyre clearance, the R355’s full-carbon frame and fork (with thru-axles) can fit three wheel sizes – 700×28 to 40C; 27.5”x2.1”; and 29”x1.95”.
Momsen claim a weight measurement of under 9kg with pedals, making it a super-light package. A sub-R20 000 alloy version, the GP300 Gravel Bike, will also be available.
From R52 500