With companies like Canyon and Wal-Mart’s Viathon launching as direct-to-consumer bike companies determined to undercut established competitors on price, the American Bicycle Group wasn’t content to remain in place.
The parent company of Litespeed and Quintana Roo launched a new direct-to-consumer carbon fiber brand called Remōt and unveiled its three models at Sea Otter. The company rolled out its Baseline, an all-road machine, the Boundary, a gravel and adventure rig and the Cinder, a full-suspension mountain bike.
As you might guess, we spent a bit more time looking at the Baseline and Boundary. The bikes are described as different models, but a closer look shows they’re identical twins with different outfits.
They feature a moderately dropped right chainstays, big tire clearance and relatively relaxed geometry with 43.cm chainstays and shorter reach measurements, yet don’t sit so low that you would be banging pedals on the off-cambers in a cyclocross race, with a 6.7 cm bottom bracket drop. The company website shows the two models have identical geometry.
Each model comes in five sizes and three different Shimano builds, with Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra and Ultegra Di2 options. The Baseline pairs 32mm Panaracer GravelKing tires and Shimano compact (50/34t) cranksets, while the Boundary gets fatter 43mm GravelKing tires and Praxis adventure gearing up front (48/32t).
Although the Baseline was shown with the same fork as the Boundary, Remōt representatives said it will lose the adventure mounts.
Shimano 105 Baseline models start at $2,300, while the Boundary starts at $2,400.
The company expects to start selling to consumers on May 1.
More info: remotbikes.com
All of our coverage of new bikes and products is available in our 2019 Sea Otter Classic archive.
Steve Litvin contributed to this post.