You can now buy Gravital e-bikes direct from Spanish brand Crow Bicycles after they were previously available only through the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site. The gravel, urban and road bikes all have removable Fazua Ride 50 Trail drive systems so you can ride with or without assistance, and prices start at £3,240.
We covered Crow a couple of times last year, first when it teased pics of its new bikes and then when it was looking for funding for what it called “the world’s first crowdfunded electric gravel bike”.
All of the Crow Gravital bikes share Fazua's removable Ride 50 Trail electric system which was announced last September. It has a maximum torque of 58nm and 250W of power. You can ride each model as an e-bike or as a conventional non-assisted bicycle that’s 3kg lighter
Crow has three different gravel e-bike platforms: the carbon Gravital UL and the aluminium Gravital SL – both with drop bars – and the Gravital Risbar SL, which is aluminium and fitted with a riser handlebar.
The Gravital UL comes with a carbon fibre frame and fork and the cheapest version, at £4,381, has mainly 2x Shimano Tiagra components. There is also a 1x GRX 800 (£5,082) model, and two Campagnolo Ekar options, the top-level one (£7,885, main pic) with a claimed weight of just over 13kg (28.7lb).
The aluminium Gravital SL2 comes in a 2x Shimano Tiagra build (£3,767), while a model with components from Chinese brand Sensah (£3,242) is due soon.
The flat-barred Crow Gravital Risbar SL4 is also £3,242. It features an aluminium frame, carbon fork, and a 1x system with Shimano Alivio shifters and rear derailleur.
Crow recently closed its first investment round with a capital increase of €300,000 (around £258,000) and says that it “aims to fill the gap between traditional bicycles and standard electric bicycles [and] is focused on ultra-light e-bikes, providing the best riding experience and maximum performance with or without assistance”.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.