Test: The 3.000 version of the Bergamont Grandurance Elite is available for well under 2020 euros. This makes it one of the cheaper carbon gravel bikes on the market - but the high-quality equipment, the successful frame and, last but not least, the great look would not suggest this.
Bergamot Grandurance Elite: The Facts
Frame material: Carbon
Wheel size(s): 700c
Axle dimensions (v/h): 12 × 100/142 × 12
Mudguard Eyelets: Ja
Luggage carrier eyelets (v/h): No Yes
bottle holder: down tube up, seat tube
Weight wheels f/h (with tires and brake discs): 1.450g / 1.604g / 3.054g
Weight complete bike without pedals (size M): 8,90kg
Price: € 2.799
High-quality carbon frame with eye-catching paintwork
The Grandurance from Bergamont shows how versatile a gravel bike can be: The successful bike is represented in the portfolio of the St.Paulians with aluminum and carbon frames and also as a fully equipped sporty commuter with luggage rack, mudguards and lighting system. The two carbon versions are given the suffixes Expert and Elite – the latter is the top model that we also tested. From a purely visual point of view, the frame hardly differs from its aluminum counterpart at first glance - and that's a good thing! The frame shape is striking, has a high recognition value, but has an extremely harmonious effect. The paint finish, which was successful for 2020, contributes to the great look.
Technically, the frame has all the features you would expect from a modern gravel bike: internally routed cables, thru axles front and rear and mounting options for mudguards and a rear luggage rack. Most riders should be able to cope with the fact that the fork has no mounting eyelets for a front carrier – as well as the fact that “only” two bottle cages can be mounted. The limited tire clearance, which is anything but generous at 37mm, weighs a little more heavily.
With its round geometry, which is neither too touring nor too sporty, the Grandurance underlines its claim as an all-rounder. The frame forms a very good basis for adapting the seating position to your own needs - the scope with spacers under the stem, possibly a different cockpit and moving the saddle ranges from discreetly sporty to suitable for multi-day tours.
Geometry Bergamot Grandurance Elite
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Strong equipment package
At 2.799 euros, the Grandurance Elite is one of the inexpensive gravel bikes in our sporty test field - but neither the weight nor the equipment would suggest this. Our test bike weighs 8,9 kg without pedals and in frame size M - that's a very good value that even much more expensive bikes can't beat. The consistently successful equipment package also has its part in this: Shimano's GRX group with a chain ring and complete with hydraulic brakes are joined by wheels and attachments from Syncros. The RP 2.0 wheels in particular are definitely a highlight in this price range and are among the lighter ones in our test. Another plus: Just like the 35mm wide Schwalbe G-One tires, they are tubeless ready and can be quickly converted to tubeless.
The circuit offers a range of just over 11% with the 42-380 cassette. This is certainly sufficient for most areas and most types of riders, but cannot keep up with either 2-speed drivetrains or 12-speed drivetrains.
|Ultra Lite HSC Carbon
|Syncros RP 2.0
|Schwalbe G-One Allround 35mm
|Shimano GRX RD812
|Shimano GRX RX810 42t
|Shimano GRX RX400
|Syncros RR 2.5
|Syncris Tofino 2.5
|Syncros RR 2.5
|Syncros Creston 2.0
There's nothing wrong with the attachments - on the contrary. The Tofino saddle with its short nose is an excellent compromise and will suit many riders, the handlebars are not too extreme with a 10° flare and also help those who are used to classic drop handlebars to switch.
Let's Gravel: The Bergamot Grandurance Elite
The Bergamont Grandurance Elite made us curious as soon as we unpacked it, because the striking frame looks very harmonious at first glance and has a lot to offer visually. Especially for this price, the bike is extremely smart with Shimano GRX, the sporty, light Syncros wheels and good attachments.
This harmony is also reflected on our test drive, because no area was saved in order to push another strongly. This starts with the geometry, which offers enough options in every direction to make the Bergamont Grandurance Elite more sporty or more comfortable, depending on your own preferences.
Due to its low weight and, above all, the light wheels, the Grandurance can score with a very appealing acceleration. The driving comfort is not quite as good, but still solid. The smooth running, on the other hand, is really impressive and offers sufficient safety, especially on bumpy or fast descents. As befits a real all-rounder, the Bergamont gravel bike has all the necessary eyelets for carriers and mudguards, except for the front. Unfortunately, what might be a bit restrictive for some drivers is the tight tire clearance of a maximum of 37mm. Although this is definitely sufficient for sporty and everyday gravel use, it is not particularly positive for the versatility of the Bergamont Grandurance Elite.
Speaking of versatility, it must also be mentioned that the range of the Shimano GRX with one chainring and an 11-42 cassette should be far enough for most routes, riders and terrains. But if the tour is very varied, you might reach your limits here. Nevertheless, the GRX with its special gravel layup is the novelty of the past, which turns every bike into a real gravel bike.
The Syncros RP 2.0 wheels, which are not necessarily to be expected in this price range, are also very pleasant for the ride. Especially in combination with one of the most common gravel tires on the market, the Schwalbe G-One, you can't go wrong with this selection and you're in good hands on any terrain. When it comes to attachments, this gravel all-rounder has everything you need to be sporty.
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