Introduced at Sea Otter in 2012, the Grammo Paru is finally available for purchase. © Cyclocross Magazine
“The Paru is built with the inner determination to find the limit of grip and pain, but now with braking abilities to match.”
The new paint scheme for the 2013 model. © Cyclocross Magazine
While New Zealand-based Grammo revealed their disc brake-equipped carbon cyclocross frame at Sea Otter last year, it wasn’t until this year’s show that they were able to finally say that it was available and out on the market.
Named the Paru for the culturally-appropriate Maori word for “dirty,” the carbon fiber frame weighs in at 1095g.
However, it wasn’t the New Zealand side of the company that was pushing for the model to make it to the public: “It was driven by us in the US,” they told us. “We pushed them to try to get it out last year, but because of the size of the company, we got the samples but not the production models until the middle of the year. So it was launched at Sea Otter last year but not available until about three months ago.”
The Grammo Paru frame weighs in at 1095g and is disc-specific. © Cyclocross Magazine
Had the company gotten the frame on the market last year, it would have been one of the first to present a carbon disc-specific frame. The frame is made with Toray T800S carbon and comes disc-specific, set up for 140mm rotors front and rear. The frame has internal cable routing, a trend that we’re seeing more and more on high-end ’cross models this year, and comes with an optional Grammo carbon fork.
At this point, the company isn’t promoting it strictly as a race bike. “There’s so many people taking this concept of the disc brake ’cross bikes and putting on flat bars for commuters. It’s been very, very popular because I think it’s one of the few true disc brake carbon frames that are available,” they tell us.
Race ready or commute ready, the Grammo Paru is used for both. © Cyclocross Magazine
At Grammo, when you decide to order the Paru, they start with the frame and fork and build it however you want it. “This one is obviously a huge amount of money with the ENVE wheels and whatnot,” he explains. “However, a lower cost version with MTB components could be built for around $1800.” The frame and fork retails for $1289.00.
There are customizable options available, including this paint scheme. © Cyclocross Magazine
Grammo Paru Carbon Cyclocross Bikes Specs:
Sizing: Comes in 48, 52, 54 and 56
More Info: Grammo Paru
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The ENVE wheel and SRAM-equipped model is “very expensive,” but comparatively inexpensive builds are available. © Cyclocross Magazine