Same sentiment here. I find it is more of an all season road-bike with generous road clearances rather than gravel bike. The Columbus Futura Gravel fork is not that generous with clearances either and in my opinion not really a gravel fork.
Only issue with my gen1 is that the dropouts are a couple mm narrower than 135mm so a pain getting rear wheel in and out.
Yes, agreed - in fairness to Matt.
My first gen Isen has had some annoyances but in general it rides wonderfully. I’ve racked up 10,000k on it!
As a road cruising machine with 28mm rubber it is smooth and fast. With guards, I ride it all winter on the road.
I find it just fine for my gravel riding (Danish forests, mostly hard pack fire road type surfaces) with 33s.
My chain stay clearance is such that it will just take a Challenge Grifo 33, but can’t accommodate a Challenge Chicane 33.
Here it is this evening in gravel mode.
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