The Corvid MAP (More Adventure Please)
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Just in case you misread the title, this isn’t a map depicting the spreading pandemic that’s currently upending the world. Instead, on a much needed lighter note, this is all about Corvid Cycles’ new MAP (More Adventure Please), a titanium drop-bar bikepacking bike made for Betsy Welch, complete with custom bags by JPaks and a titanium trowel! Find all the details and loads of photos here…
Last year, we featured an interview with Corvid Cycles’ Chad Corbin and took a look at their titanium Sojourner after its release at NAHBS. The Colorado-based company’s latest creation was slated to make its debut at the 2020 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in March, which unfortunately was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The MAP (More Adventure Please) is Corvid’s light and fast drop bar mountain bike platform that’s loaded with accessory mounts and designed for a 100-120mm suspension-corrected fork, up to 29 × 2.6″ tires, and a dropper seat post. The MAP is similar to the CORAX—which you might recognize from the Montanus video published last fall, but with geometry adapted for drop bars.
This particular MAP was built for Betsy Welch, Senior Editor at VeloNews. Betsy is active in the mountain bike and gravel scenes, and a staunch advocate for female participation in cycling events. This season, Betsy will be riding various adventure races aboard her MAP. Here are a few of the geometry numbers from this frame that was built for Betsy at 5’6″:
- Head tube angle 68°
- Seat tube angle 73°
- Seat tube length 435mm
- Head tube length 115mm
- Chainstay length 440mm
- Stack height 620mm
- Reach 395mm
- Bottom bracket drop 55mm
- Max chainring size up to 38T
Betsy’s build features a Shimano GRX drivetrain and brakes, a Whisky handlebar and No 9. MTN Boost LT carbon fork, a stem and dropper from Thomson, and a White Industries headset, bottom bracket, and cranks. It also has White Industries hubs laced to Astral Outback rims with Panaracer tires. To top if all off, her MAP got a full set of custom bags by JPaks. This includes the forthcoming DropperPak and Supreme BarritoPak. Note that JPaks and Corvid are partnering to offer custom bags as an option for all Corvids, delivered with the complete bike at no additional cost. Here’s the full kit list.
- Fork Whisky Parts No 9. MTN Boost LT fork (120mm suspension corrected)
- Shifters Shimano GRX800 w/ integrated dropper lever in left shifter
- Derailleur Shimano GRX800
- Cassette Shimano XT 11-46T rear cassette
- Brakes Shimano XT
- Brake Rotors Shimano XT 160mm rotors
- Chain Shimano XT
- Headset White Industries ZS44/EC44 tapered headset
- Bottom Bracket White Industries BSA 30 bottom bracket
- Crankset White Industries M30 crank with 32T TSR chainring
- Handlebar Whisky Parts No 7. 24F
- Bar Tape Cinelli Volee bar tape
- Stem Thomson X4
- Seatpost Thomson Elite Covert dropper, 125mm
- Saddle Ergon SR Pro Ti Women’s
- Tires Panaracer DriverPro 29 x 2.2″
- Hubs White Industries CLD+ boost front and rear hubs
- Rims Astral Cycling Outback rims, 28 hole
- Spokes Sapim Race
- Top Tube Bag JPaks Footlong top tube bag
- Frame Bag JPaks Custom frame bag
- Seat Pack JPaks DropperPak
- Handlebar Bag JPaks Supreme BarritoPak
The Corvid Cycles MAP frame sells for $2700 with a complete price of $6750, as shown with custom bags. Find more about Corvid Cycles over at their website. Also, be sure to check out the interview we featured last year alongside a profile of their titanium Sojourner. Thanks to Chad Corbin for the photos and details!
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