Founded in 2014, Poseidon bikes aims to deliver affordable quality to cyclists on a tight budget. New to market is the extremely affordable model X cyclocross and gravel bike.
At $599 retail, the X is the perfect bike for anyone who is cross or gravel curious, but doesn’t want to make a major investment out the gate. The Poseidon X comes in matte black for sizes S, M, L and XL and will be available late October 2018.
A fairly standard 6061 hydroformed aluminum frame provides the platform for many compelling modern features: flat mount mechanical TRP disc brakes, a carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer, internal cable routing and enough clearance front and back for 40mm tires.
A Shimano Claris 8-speed drivetrain might seem somewhat limiting, but it’s a $599 bike, and the 46/32t crankset and 11-34t cassette at least provide the high and low gears needed to compete against more expensive 1x drivetrains and give you smaller jumps to save your legs on a long gravel grinder.
Other smaller details, like the threaded BSA bottom bracket, rack and fender eyelets and four (three for size Small) water bottle bosses make the Poseidon X even more versatile and compelling.
Short and shallow drop bars and internal cable routing are other nice, modern touches.
Want to get away, or haul some gear? The Poseidon X has rack mounts.
Where the model X might fall flat with a budding rider is in its wheel system. The Poseidon X comes with an unbranded alloy, clincher disc wheelset and Kenda’s popular Small Block Eight 700c x 35mm tires. The generic wheelset isn’t tubeless compatible, and the frameset’s quick release dropouts might make it more difficult to find a tubeless compatible disc wheelset for upgrading (although many aftermarket wheelsets have QR caps).
It’s not a deal breaker by any means, just a limiting factor on a bike that was clearly designed to give raucous fun to the uninitiated. We often say wheels are the first upgrade to make, and owners of Poseidon X might find themselves following such advice down the road.
With an abundance of high-end options available for cyclocross and gravel bikes, it’s nice to see a company lower the barrier to owning a dedicated bike. Stay tuned for a test.
More info: poseidonbike.com (the X is not yet on the website)
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