Posted by Logan Watts
- Quick Highlights
- Angles (LG): 71° Head tube, 73° Seat tube
- Chainstay: 425mm
- Bottom Bracket: 68mm BSA Threaded
- Dropouts (F/R): 12 x 100 / 12 x 142mm
- Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
- Max tire size: 27.5 x 2.1″ / 700c x 45mm
In 2017, Lauf launched its first bike, the True Grit gravel bike, featuring a gravel version of their leaf-sprung suspension fork. Earlier this week, the Icelandic company took a different approach and released the Anywhere, which features a new rigid fork and Smoothie gravel drop handlebar. The Anywhere is a mixed terrain bike, “made to shake, stir and mix things up between pavement and gravel.”
The Anywhere uses the same frame as the True Grit, with a 68mm threaded bottom bracket and the same long/low geometry designed for speed and stability. However, the Anywhere loses Lauf’s signature leaf-spring suspension fork in favor of a new rigid carbon fork. This lowers the front end ever so slightly when compared to the Lauf Grit fork, and gives the Anywhere a more road-oriented and aerodynamic stance, making it a gravel race machine, at least according to Lauf. The Lauf Anywhere frame has room for 700c x 45mm tires or 27.5 x 2.1″ rubber. And with a 68mm bottom bracket drop, it seems well-suited for 650B/road plus as well. All versions of the Anywhere ship with race-oriented Maxxis Velocita AR semi-slick all-round tires.
Lauf JAF fork
The JAF fork features a three-pack of cage mounts on each blade and will be sold separately for $540 in a gray/black color scheme. Additional specs include a 200mm tapered carbon steerer and your choice of a 15 or 12mm × 100mm thru axle. The JAF fork can clear 700 x 45mm or 27.5 × 2.1″ tires and is designed around a gravel-standard 400mm axle-to-crown length and 45mm rake. The JAF can clear a 160mm rotor and is suited for a 243lb (110kg) rider + load weight limit.
Lauf also introduced the Smoothie comfort drop handlebar, constructed of carbon and S2 fiberglass, which Lauf claims “eats vibrations and softens potholes.”
The Anyhwere comes in three builds at launch, starting at $2,690 for the Core level build around an Apex 1 drivetrain. All models and pricing can be seen at LaufCycling.com.