The new Light Bicycle Journey frameset has clearance for 650b x 2.0″ tires, tons mounting points, thru-axles, all sorts of modern features, and what they call “adventure-ready geometry.” Learn all about it here…

China-based Light Bicycle is best known for their complete line of carbon wheels, which they have been designing and producing since 2011. From the carbon layup, CNC drilling, to building an e-commerce website, engineering and sales, everything is done in-house. They also offer worldwide service, with both Chinese and North American locations for even better availability.

As part of their 10th anniversary, Light Bicycle just announced their first carbon gravel frameset, the Journey. The Journey features their “adventure-ready geometry”, thru-axle hub spacing, and an interesting waved seat stay shape that’s said to absorb and disperse vibrations. The frame can comfortably fit 700 × 50mm tires on all but the extra-small frame (which has a 700 x 35mm max) and can also run 650b wheels for those that prefer it.

  • Light bicycle journey
  • Light bicycle journey
Light bicycle journey

The Journey is covered with most of the mounting points we like to see, save mounts under the downtube. Those include rack and fender mounts on both for the front and rear, top tube bosses, bottle mounts on the fork legs, and a total of nine mounts inside the main triangle. Internal cable routing keeps the frame clean and compatible with all modern mechanical and wireless drivetrains, and the traditionalists among us will be happy to see the Journey specced with a 68mm BSA threaded bottom bracket.

Light Bicycle Journey Specs

  • Seatpost: Light Bicycle Carbon (31.6 × 350mm)
  • Headtube: 1 1/8”-1 1/2”
  • Disc Brake: Flat mount (140 / 160mm)
  • Axle Spacing: 12 × 100mm (front), 12 × 142mm (rear)
  • Max Chainring: 48/36T (2X), 42T (1X)
  • Frame Weight: XS 1100g, S 1145g, M 1160g, L 1200g (+/- 50g)
  • Fork Weight: 445g
Light bicycle journey
  • Light bicycle journey
  • Light bicycle journey
  • Light bicycle journey
Light Bicycle Journey

In terms of geometry, the Journey sits somewhere between a true race-ready gravel bike and a full-blown expedition machine. Its 70.8° head tube angle, 73.5° seat tube angle, and 1059mm wheelbase (on the size large) all make sense for a stable gravel rig, and it actually shares more than a few angles with the popular Salsa Journeyman that Logan reviewed. It’s offered in four sizes, from extra-small to large, and four different colours: classic black, forest green, midnight blue, and metallic silver. You have your choice of top tube sticker colour, and framesets include their carbon seatpost, headset, derailleur hanger, and axles, all for $1,300 USD.

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