Using a similar strategy as their new Highland Trail 550-optimized Highlander, the new Chiru Alpin is purpose-built for circling Mont Blanc in Europe. The Chiru team was inspired after Yannick Lutz’s record-setting ride of Mont-Blanc in 2019, when he completed the 180-kilometer (112-mile) route in just 12 hours and 27 minutes. His strategy was to alternate between a road bike and cross-country mountain bike, so Chiru made it their mission to combine the two into a single platform.
The Chiru Alpin is based around a titanium frame, rigid titanium fork with a long 430mm axle-to-crown that allows it be to swapped out for a 50mm gravel suspension fork, and dropper post compatibility. It can accommodate 1x and 2x gravel drivetrains, 700 x 55mm or 650b x 2.2″ tires, racks, fenders, and uses a SRAM UDH derailleur hanger. The frame has top tube bosses for bolt-on bags, four standard bottle mounts including under the downtube, and the optional titanium fork has three-pack mounts for cargo cages and other accessories.
The Chiru Alpin starts at €2,710 (~$2,900 USD) for the frame only or €3,535 (~$3,700 USD) for the frame and matching titanium fork. Learn more at ChiruBikes.com.
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