45mm tyre clearance and new rigid fork and Smoothie carbon handlebar

Icelandic bike brand Lauf, responsible for the world’s maddest looking fork and more recently a carbon fibre gravel and adventure bike called the True Grit, has just a launched the new Anywhere, an allroad bike designed to mix it up on the road and gravel.

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To create this new bike it has paired the True Grit carbon frame with a new carbon fibre rigid fork called the JAF. This new fork lowers the front end for a more road-focused fit and feel. It also features triple bottle cage mounts for those epic distance rides where you need to lug around lots of fluid.

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For a company behind the most bonkers looking suspension fork we’ve ever seen (we know it’s not really suspension but what else are we to call it?) it is clear comfort for dealing with rough surfaces is a high priority, so the new bike sports the brand new Smoothie comfort drop handlebar.

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It’s made from carbon fibre infused with “high-end S2 fibreglass” which Lauf tells us lets it design comfort into the handlebar where it’s needed, on the hoods and drops. “Smoothie eats vibrations and softens the hit from potholes” states the company in its presser.

The frame and fork offer clearance for 700x45mm tyres but there’s no mention of 650b - we’ve asked about that. The Anywhere will be provided in a choice of three builds starting at $2,690 for the Core spec with a SRAM Apex 1 groupset and rolling on Maxxis Velocita AR semi-slick tyres.

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Where the True Grit was designed solely for gnarly gravel riding and racing, the new Anywhere looks to be better suited to the rider who wants a bike that is versatile enough to be right at home on a road ride but not fazed should you turn down a bridleway or rough gravel track. The rigid fork should ease the doubts anyone had with the crazy looks of the distinctive Lauf fork as well as providing a more regular fit and ride feel, with the new handlebar aimed at mopping up vibrations and impacts. It’s a curious looking bike and we hope to be able to get a ride on one soon.

More at www.laufcycling.com

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.