Reilly Gradient Gravel Bike Review

By February 11, 2020 February 25th, 2020 No Comments

The Reilly Gradient is the latest gravel bike to join our Girona Bike Rental fleet, and this one is rather special with its British designed Titanium frame.

The Reilly Gradient, A Brief History

Reilly Cycle Works is a UK based bike manufacturer founded by frame builder Mark Reilly, graphic & product designer Damon Fisher & carbon specialist Neil Fitzgerald. Mark, Neil and Damon have been friends for many years and their experience and talent combine to make Reilly the beautiful brand that it is.

Mark is the number one specialist in the UK on Titanium.  Titanium frame building is notoriously demanding but the benefits include excellent corrosion resistance and very high cycle fatigue properties – so, treated well and barring an accident, a titanium frame will last an age. Could it be that titanium offers the perfect material for the demands of cycling off-road?

Reilly Gradient Gravel Bike – Reviews

So, what’s the bike like out on the Girona trails?

“It absorbs all the imperfections”

“When riding the Reilly Gradient over rough ground I was able to still enjoy the view as it seems to absorb the bumps and grooves, even bigger holes, more so than other gravel bikes I have ridden.

The Reilly Gradient is a joy on the descents, especially on rougher gravel as it absorbs all the imperfections.”

– Lee Comerford, Eat Sleep Cycle Founder

“I will take it on a bike-packing adventure at the Atlas Mountain Race!”

“After riding a few long gravel routes on the Reilly, I can say that it is truly a do-it-all bike. The bike handles very well on technical trails and is still fast enough on the flatter sections. It is so versatile I will take it on a bike-packing adventure at the Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco”

– Daan van Meeuwen, Eat Sleep Cycle Content Guy & Mechanic

It’s not just the Eat Sleep Cycle team who love to ride the Reilly – it’s picked up rave reviews from gravel lovers across the globe.

“Fun and capable adventure road bike with great looks to match the great ride” 

“The Gradient is right at home negotiating narrow tree-lined singletrack with loose corners and steep climbs and would be a good choice if you’re looking for a bike to tackle one of the growing number of gravel events like the Dirty River.”

– Road CC / David Arthur, read his full review on Road CC

“Where this bike really excels, in my view, is when you point it downwards”

“I want one. I won’t rest until I get one. I know that if this bike was in my shed that, more often than not, it is the bike I would grab more than any others to take me out on adventures. It’s so versatile, so capable and so damned pretty. This is a bicycle that doesn’t ask, it just insists and, well, who am I refuse?”

– Gritcx / Mark Tearle, read his full review on Gritcx

Reilly Gradient GRX – Our Build

Designed by Mark Reilly to offer a ‘progressive’ ride Gradient combines a super-stiff hydro-formed Reilly Axis 3AL-2.5V titanium tube set with an ultra-secure disc 12 x 142 mm rear thru axle. The frame has clearances for 50c tyres with 650b wheels. Reilly claim that this is a bike which has it all, comfortable on & off-road, fast & responsive & deadly fast downhill.

We’ve built our rental fleet to the following spec:

  • Shimano GRX 1×11
    • 11-42 Cassette with a 42 Chainring
    • 160mm Rotors
  • DT Swiss ER 1600 SPLINE Wheelset
  • WTB Tyres
    • 700C x 40mm on bigger sizes
    • 650B x 50mm on smaller sizes
  • Pro Discovery Finishing Kit
  • Fabric Saddle

Reilly Gradient Bike Rental

Do you want to try the Reilly Gradient for yourself? Reserve yours now by visiting our bike hire portal or give our team a call on +34 972 754 301.

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