Fast, fun, versatile: an impossible combination? Not with the Nuroad Race FE. Featuring Shimano's new gravel-friendly GRX 2x11 transmission and hydraulic disc brakes, we combined all the best qualities of the Attain and Cross Race series, then threw in a dynamo-powered Supernova E3 lighting system and an Acid SL luggage carrier, too. The 35mm Schwalbe tyres are fast, grippy and comfortable and leave plenty of room for the Acid Gravel mudguards, so you can stay cleaner and drier whatever the weather throws at you. And, as you'd expect, the Nuroad Race FE's lightweight aluminium frame is built for comfort, confidence-inspiring handling and all-round versatility. Internal cable routing keeps gear shifts clean even in gritty or muddy conditions, and a replaceable derailleur hanger means that an accident doesn't mean a written-off frame. The result of all this attention to detail? An adventurous, adaptable thoroughbred. Take the less obvious route to work or load up for a longer backcountry trip, either way, the Nuroad Race FE will get you there quickly, in comfort and wearing a big grin.
When we set out to develop the Nuroad we had a destination in mind, but no specific route by which to get there. We did, however, have a lot of experience building great race and 'cross bikes. Figuring that this would be a great place to start, we combined the best of both genres to create the new, super-adaptable all-rounder. So, for example, the Nuroad's geometry is based on the comfort, stability and agility of the Attain series, but the sizing is the same as the Cross Race bikes. We made sure there's plenty of clearance to run wide, grippy and comfortable tyres up to 40mm width, and even left room for mudguards with 35mm tyres too. Internal cable routing keeps your gears shifting cleanly even when the mud and water's flying around, there's a replaceable gear hanger and the carbon fork blades help take some of the vibration out of rough surfaces, so that you stay comfortable even on long rides.