I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Allott and Courtney Fair, owners of Solace Cycles, last fall in upstate New York. Although they are a small company, Solace has positioned themselves at the forefront of adventure riding and bikepacking in the area, and they play an important role in the local cycling community. Their focus is on titanium adventure bikes, and at the time of my visit they had two production bikes released, as well as a prototype gravel bike called the OM-3. The Solace Cycles OM-3 is officially released and we worked with them to provide this overview of what it’s all about.
Here’s how Solace describes the OM-3: “A Beyond Gravel bike that was designed more as a drop-bar mountain bike than a beefed up road bike. Uses mountain bike hub and bottom bracket spacing yet maintains the Q factor of a road bike. The frame utilizes a slightly slack stance and a mix of straight gage and butted tubing to keep the frame light, stiff, and strong for handling the most aggressive climbs and descents that you can imagine on a drop bar bike. It’s also routed for an internal dropper if you really want to get after it. Tire capability goes all the way up to 29 x 2.2 inch tires, yet 28s still look right at home for those pavement days.”
Like all of Solace’s bikes, the OM-3 is available as a custom build or in one of two complete builds that Solace believes use some of the best and most reliable parts available. The OM-3 Base costs $4,200 and is built around a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, Apex hydraulic brakes, Whiskey touch points, and an Industry Nine wheelset with Maxxis Rambler 50mm tires. The OM-3 Select costs $6,100 and follows a similar theme to the Base build but with higher-end components, Industry Nine UL250 wheels, a Thomson Covert dropper post, and an overall higher quality build.
Here are some of the features and specs found on the OM-3, including the geometry chart below.
- Butted Ti tubing
- 73mm T-47 bottom bracket
- Paragon insert compatible rocker rear dropout
- Solace symmetric chainstay yoke
- Tapered seatstay tubing, 16-19mm
- Internal cable routing
- Stealth dropper post routing
- 142x12mm rear / 100x12mm front spacing
- 70° Headtube Angle
- 410-430mm Adjustable chainstay length
For more information on the Solace Cycles OM-3, head over to SolaceCycles.com.