Featured Bike: Grove Bike Co. R.A.D – The Aussie Road & Dirt Machine – by James Raison

“Just look at any kid who’s conquered their first two-wheeled descent; feet up and finally aware that speed provides stability. We’re not ready to let go of that stoke. Each ride we set out to find it, time and time again; apexing hot mix hairpins, trains with mates through the dirt jumps, flying into Crabapple Hits, pedalling through cramps to find another 100km in our legs, splitting queued traffic on the commute or finding the limits of traction on an unknown gravel descent.” – Grove Bike Co.

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All photos in this article by James Raison

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N-1: Responsibility & Sustainability

“Grove Bike Co care about our bikes’ impact upon society and the environment. While having a garage full of bikes may sound appealing, grab the brakes for a moment and consider how many different bikes we really need and what does each bike cost the planet, not just our wallet. Perhaps rather than piling up rarely used bikes, we can find one bike that covers a plethora of disciplines and offload our dust gatherers to a well-deserving new home (local bike charity, junior club racer or your neighbour who hates their car commute).”

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Road & Dirt | Grove R.A.D

The Grove R.A.D is available in two stock builds, R.A.D Apex and R.A.D Force LTD. Both variants are centred around a handcrafted 6069-T6 aluminium frame with full carbon tapered fork, both of which have exceeded testing beyond the ISO MTB and Road standards.

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The builds featured in this article were part of the recent MAKER show, the Best and Brightest of Australian Cycling. At least one differs from the stock selections on the Grove website. However, an email or phone call to the friendly folks at Grove may open up additional options.

Aficionados of 2x drivetrains will need to look elsewhere, the Grove R.A.D is 1x only.

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“The R.A.D is ready for anything from smooth tarmac to rocky trails. The 1x specific design with custom CNC machined chainstay yoke provides tyre clearances up to 700×43 or 27.5×2.1” with snug 420mm chainstay length for spritely handling. The short rear end is balanced by the slack head angle and long fork offset which results in a confidently stable high-speed descender that hooks through corners with ease.”

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Frame Specifications & Geometry

  • Frame: Grove R.A.D AL-6069T6 with tapered head tube, Pressfit BB86, 142x12mm thru-axle and 140/160mm flat mount disc dropouts, internal cable routing, three bottle cage mounts, rear carrier and mudguard compatible
  • Fork: Grove R.A.D full carbon with 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ tapered steerer, 100x12mm thru-axle, 140/160mm flat mount disc, internal brake hose routing, mudguard mounts
  • Headset: FSA No.42 CF ACB, 8.7mm Carbon Cone Spacer, Carbon Compression Device

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Frame Size SM MD LG XL
Seat Tube  (mm) A 500 530 560 590
Horitontal Top Tube (mm) B 521 542 560 581
Stack (mm) C 533 559 578 597
Reach (mm) D 373 381 389 399
Seat Angle (°) E 74.5 74 73.5 73
Head Angle (°) F 71.5 72 72 72
Fork Offset (mm) G 52 52 52 52
Bottom Bracket Drop (mm) H 68 68 68 68
Head Tube (mm) I 105 130 150 170
Chainstay (mm) J 420 420 420 420
Wheelbase (mm) K 998 1010 1024 1040
Handle-Bar Width (mm) 42 42 44 44
Stem Length (mm) 100 100 110 110
Crank Length (mm) 172.5 172.5 172.5 172.5

Pricing and more is available on the Grove Bike Co. website.

Additional Images

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Article by James Raison: James is a “pointy-bonebag hill climbing monster”, resident of Adelaide, South Australia, gravelly-minded cyclist of the next level, intrepid explorer way off the beaten track and Editor at La Velocita. You can follow Jame’s whereabouts on the RideAdelaide Instagram account.


  1. Avatar Jason Hewerdine

    Nice bike ?. Though buying this bike so you can offload your other bikes in order to be sustainable & responsible is a bit steep – don’t you think GC?

    • JOM JOM

      If the market bears the asking price…

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