For a long time now, we were dreaming of assembling an extremely capable “monster gravel” concept bike, the Nua La Bestia. Here is the final masterpiece:
It is an exciting titanium machine designed for the most adventurous cyclists.
Perfect hybrid between a drop-bar gravel, a dirt tourer and a plus wheeled mountain bike, this “monster gravel” is designed to bring riders further than any other bike.
It was also thought to be a great companion for your bikepacking adventures thanks to the possibility to add a full ligthing and usb charging kit of accessories.
The original idea is transcending the average gravel bike in order to make it limitless off-road thanks to bigger tires and the possibility to mount a front suspension on a bike still designed around a gravel geometry.
To do so, the pedalling position is kept highly efficient thanks to a Salsa Cowchipper dirt drop bar. and Wide 27,5×3.0” Schwalbe G-One Allround tires provide extra off-road confort, grip and low rolling resistance.
If further suspension is needed, a Lauf TR Boost fork or a regular telescopic one can be mounted instead of the rigid Cinq Adventure fork or the rigid Nua Titanium fork.
Like always at Nua, the drivetrain is based on high-technology solutions. For central center of gravity, a Pinion C1.12 central gearbox was used on this prototype. This is in fact the big deal of the Nua La Bestia: opening the doors of a world in which highly efficient Pinion gearboxes can be used on extremely capable drop bar gravel bikes!
Coupled to a Gates Carbon belt drive, it provides an extremely durable gearing and transmission system. This combination is extremely silent, maintenance free and particularly adapated to long distance and adventure rides as a worry free solution.
Long story short, we first had the idea of this bike a few years ago for Peter – an Australian customer – and engineered the first prototype of La Bestia. The name still remains from this first attempt. For those interested in this bike, you can read more here.
As some might have seen, back in the days we have had to adapt the Pinion – flat bar oriented – rotary shifter with a house designed part on a drop bar. Like other bicycle manufacturers, we were waiting for a proper drop bar compatible shifting system compatible with Pinion gearboxes to achieve our goal elegantly.
We heard about the project of Cinq Innovations to produce the Pinion Shift:R Road system, and were waiting for the first production versions to make a more refined version of our first La Bestia.
The Cinq Innovations Shift:R Road uses a special shifting system assembled on you Pinion C.Line gearbox (shown above) and modified TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brake levers. They actuate precisely and fastly both the powerful double piston TRP brake calipers and your Pinion gearbox. The left lever will downshift and the right lever will upshift. A great feature of the Shift:R road is the possibility to change two gears at a time.
For energy autonomy – should it be to feed your GPS on you favorite gravel loop or during a long bikepacking trip in the wilderness – this prototype of Nua La Bestia is equipped with a highly efficient Shutter Precision PD-8X dynamo hub feeding a convenient Cinq Innovations Plug III usb charger and a extremely powerful Supernova E3 Triple2 front light.
All the wirings are internally routed in the fork and the frame. The production version will offer an upgrade option to a SON28 german dynamo hub and Supernova tail light.
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You might also expect to see some pictures of this very one prototype being hardly tested in Iceland highlands during about one month by ou team member Antoine.
Feel free to play with our newly online La Bestia bicycle builder here or visit our website to find the link to our other customizable bikes.
The Nua Team