Gravel bikes are not for everyone who likes to go out for a few kilometers whenever they can, since These are models in which the comfort of a conventional handlebar is sacrificed a lot, on the other that forces us to maintain a posture always in tension. Leaning practically over the front.
That is why models like this CROW are a good alternative for those who still have a professional spirit, but do not want to give their all on each slope and prefer to alternate moments of competition with others of pure relaxation, clinging to the horns of a handlebar that also allows a calmer ride through the countryside, enjoying the views.
With or without battery, to choose
This bicycle developed by CROW Bicycles and which is based in Madrid, has opened the crowdfunding process to develop a model that is electric when it comes to helping us out with pedaling, but we can use it in the traditional way even if we forget to charge the battery. And it is that the compartment in which it is housed can be used as a drawer to put objects so that it is CROW it works like a traditional bicycle.
This versatility does not penalize the weight of the bike, which, in total, adds up to 13.7 kilos even with the entire electrical system removed. But if we are interested, it is precisely because of that possibility of offering us pedaling assistance in times when we have a bad time, or in those days when we do not feel like trying too hard and we are inclined to enjoy the landscape. And it is that quality components are not lacking: it is built in aluminum or carbon fiber (to choose), wireless transmission, Ritchey handlebars and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
As we tell you, its lithium battery (it takes three and a half hours to charge) and the bottom bracket motor can be removed when we need it, on demand, although if we decide to leave them we will have an added boost that can reach us up to 80 kilometers. In addition, this CROW comes with a mobile app where we can check our location point, speed, load levels, etc. Together with a support, it is possible to turn the smartphone into a display to wear on the bicycle handlebar. The Indiegogo campaign is already underway, you have units still for sale with delivery date for November of this year and at a starting price of 2,375 euros for the aluminum AL2 model. If we prefer the carbon fiber variant, that amount increases significantly to 3,699 for the CF1.