SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The 2017 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) in Utah has wrapped up, and here at Cyclocross Magazine we’re still digging through the cyclocross and gravel offerings that caught our photographer’s eye. As we wrap up our coverage, we wanted to make sure to highlight one of the most ‘cross-loving companies out there: Gevenalle.
Founded by Adam Clement, Gevenalle is a Portland-based company that bridges the gap between road components and muddy or otherwise grueling cyclocross and gravel-grinding conditions.
At last year’s NAHBS, Gevenalle teamed up with Squid Bikes to show off its 1x “CX Shifters” and rear derailleur.
This year, Gevenalle and Squid got “beaned up” and collaborated with Stumptown Coffee on this rattle can dream.
Squid Bikes (Emily Kachorek’s brainchild) was spotted at the TRP booth with a technicolor paint scheme, as well.
The Portland Connection
Gevenalle had its shifters and derailleur built onto a sleek, shiny Christopher Igleheart (a fellow Portlander, formerly of Fat City Cycles) frame, which featured HiFi wheels, an ultra-low profile White Industries headset, and a Ritchey-like breakaway system.
As far as product, Gevenalle was showcasing its ultra-compatible and cyclocross-specific beefed up shifters and derailleurs. Its website states that its shifters “are not beautiful but they are light, strong and fast.” Housing routing aside, I think they’re actually quite pretty. What do you think?
Since the company is completely cyclocross and gravel-focused, Gevenalle engineers for serviceability, compatibility, and ease of use. The popular 11-speed GX shifter lets riders pair drop bars and Shimano’s clutch derailleurs for worry-free 1x set-ups when running a narrow-wide chainring. Gevenalle also creates product that’s meant to last in fantastically awful conditions, like we hope to see at US Cyclocross Nationals at Fort Steilacoom. The Gevenalle shifter option is an extremely serviceable option for those that find themselves in regions where conditions are particularly hard on equipment, thanks to its replaceable parts and easy to access construction.
Gevenalle offers product on the other side of the housing, too. Its derailleurs are modified from Microshift’s top-notch offering, and add a special cage for CX gearing, are repacked with Phil Wood grease and a stronger spring, and reassembled with Kogel sealed-bearing pulleys. All parts are assembled by hand in Portland. The pulley set as a standalone option is $69.
The Gevenalle website has its full product line-up (and is also good for a giggle; the web copy is straight-up fun).
Full photo gallery below. See our growing coverage of cyclocross and gravel bikes from the 2017 NAHBS here.
Gevenalle at NAHBS Photo Gallery: