Viathon G.1 Gravel Bike First Look – Detailed & Demoed

Viathon G.1 Gravel Bike First Look – Detailed & Demoed


(dramatic music and sound effects) – Viathon is a completely new bike brand that launched in spring of
this year with three models, the R.1 road bike, the M.1
cross-country mountain bike, and this, the G.1 gravel bike. THey’ve asked us to take a look at it, and so in this video I’m going
to be talking you through the finer points. Firstly though, one thing to address, and that is that Viathon
caused quite a stir when they launched. One of the reasons being, they’re owned by retail giant, Walmart. A brand it’s fair to say,
in cycling circles at least, is famous for selling really cheap bikes. Hence why you may have been
reading a rash of articles along the lines of, “Check
out the most expensive bike “you can buy at Walmart”. But what’s the deal here? Because firstly you can’t
buy this in Walmart. It is direct-to-consumer only, so you order it online, and you do so through
https://www.viathonbicycles.com, and not Walmart. Well the deal is, its shouldn’t
really come as that much of a surprise, seeing
as Walmart already sells high-end bike parts, though mainly through
its Moosejaw website. And so it seems like a
bit of a logical step to create their own high-end bike brand. And it must be a pretty
cool gig to get asked to create a bike company from scratch. But that’s exactly what brand manager, Zach Spinhirne-Martin,
was tasked with doing. Now he actually was a pretty
top-notch bike racer himself, spent a few years cutting his teeth in the cut-and-thrust scene in Belgium. He was actually a
pro-team mechanic as well, so it’s fair to say he knows
his way around a pushbike. Now, his first step was to select the team that he wanted to actually
design these Viathon bikes, and he went with Kevin Quan Studios, who are based up in Toronto in Canada. Now Quan himself, who’s a former
senior engineer at Cervelo, and he’s got some pretty impressive bikes in his design palmares. So let’s see what he’s
come up with for this one. (dramatic electronic music) This is, as I mentioned at the beginning, the G.1 gravel bike. When it was first launched, there were three options available, a SRAM Force one-by edition, a Shimano Ultegra groupset edition, and also a Shimano 105, as
well as a framset-only version. This though, as you can see, has the new SRAM RED eTap
AXS groupset on there. Plus, a new colorway, which is this kind of matt black
to metallic copper version. Now, we will get on to
the details of the frame. Firstly, a size 56
weighs just 1,010 grams, which is pretty impressive
for a gravel bike. The next question when talking
about this type of bike is always, “How wide a tire can you fit?” In this case, you can go wide. 51 millimeters on a
standard 700C road wheel. And it’ll also run smaller
diameter 650B wheels with 2.1 inch wide mountain bike tires. And yes, I do appreciate I’ve just swapped from metric to imperial there, but I think that’s actually compulsory when talking about the
already complex subject of wheel sizes. Anyway, to fit in such wide tires, some deft engineering going on, particularly at the back end, which if you look closely, you’ll notice is actually asymmetrical, ‘cos the drive-side
chainstay is actually dropped a little bit. And that is to allow you to
get those wider tires in, but also, on the outside of the chainstay, to fit chainrings on, despite using normal-width
road cranks on there. And you can also, as well
as running one-by like this, run it two-by, as well,
for increased versatility. Whilst we’re down there,
another neat touch you’ll see is the inclusion of a
threaded bottom bracket. So on a bike that’s
destined for dirt roads, the added robustness
and ease of servicing, it’s a welcome touch. And some brands shy away from it, because having a threaded
bottom bracket shell will add a tiny bit of
weight onto the bare frame, and so it maybe doesn’t look
quite as good in marketing. And also, it adds an extra step in the manufacturing process. Other really neat practical touches are you’ve got fender-mounts, mudguards, and also rack-mounts on here, as well as three sets of bottle bosses. So it’s fair to say that
you could load this one up with some pretty heavy-duty bike-packing. As well as the ability to
fit those monster tires, which allowed quite a degree
of comfort on rough trails, the frame itself, you’ll notice, has a few little design touches that should improve the
compliance and comfort. So, the fact that those
seatstays are slightly dropped from the seattube cluster there will add in a bit of compliance. Plus, you see the
cross-section of the tubes is flattened to allow them
to flex a little bit more. Moving back to our story about
how this bike came to be, the next step on from the design process is choosing a manufacturing partner. And I think it’s fair to say that being associated
with Walmart opens doors at high-end factories in Asia. And although brands like to
keep things pretty secretive, I’m told that Viathon is made alongside some pretty
well-known household names. As well as the actual
manufacturing itself, there’s also a two-step
quality-control process. So the first one is in-house, actually at the factory itself, where every frameset is
scanned by CT scanner, and there’s also a batch-testing process that’s carried out by
a third-party company. Now another point to
mention, I was also told that part of the selection
process at the factory was the conditions for the workers there. And I think that’s cool. It’s often overlooked
in the bike industry. But it really shouldn’t be. Now, next question about this bike, should always ask it of a gravel bike, where exactly does it sit on the spectrum? Is it a dirt-loving road bike? Or is it a mountain bike with drop bars? And I think when it comes to this one, the answer is it lies
somewhere in the middle. You can fit those big, fat tires on, to take you towards mountain-biking. But the position you can get on the bike and the nimble handling
means that it also feels a little bit like a road bike. And when you look at the geometry charts, you’ll see that you
can get a low position, if that’s your bag, but equally it’s not so slammed that you’re not going to find you can get comfortable on it either. Back to this bike that
we’ve got here then, this, as I mentioned
earlier, is a new model in the range, with SRAM’s
RED eTap AXS groupset. So it’s going to be right at the top. It feels like SRAM eTap
AXS doesn’t need much of an introduction. But, to summarize, it’s got the wireless eTap functionality, and it’s also now 12-speed at the back. When you look at the
finishing-kit on this bike, again it suggests to me
that it’s been specced by someone that knows their stuff. So you’ve got HED Vanquish
carbon wheels on here. We’ve got Zipp bar, stem, and seatpost, We’ve got Conti tires, and we’ve got fizik saddle and bartape. Now, interestingly, all the
bikes are actually built by another well-established
cycling industry company in California, and then shipped out, leaving you to attach the
seatpost, your handlebars, pop the front wheel in, as well as needing to put some pedals on. So there we go. That is the Viathon G.1 gravel bike. Make sure you let us know
in the comments section what your first impressions are. And also, if you want to see me
take one of these for a spin, I got to actually sample some very, very lovely Idaho gravel myself, and there’s a video on
that over on GCN now.

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  1. looks like they took 'inspiration' from the Open U.P. Maybe not so surprising as Open is home to Cervélo alumni too.

  2. Seems like nowadays anyone can order up open mold carbon frames from china, add high end parts, and sell… If you can handle the logistics and marketing

  3. Taking the whole "worker conditions considerations" with a grain of salt, given how they've historically treated their local employee's.

  4. Walmart has the ability to crush the bike market in terms of pricing, and I applaud the idea. Possibly the new king of high end bikes at lower prices if you cant read a Aliexpress advertisement. Bring it on.

  5. So this would be a lot more authentic if a review type video wasn't paid for by the manufacturer of the product shown 😅 I'm not saying it's rubbish but I'm struggling to be convinced by the enthusiasm. How much of it would still be there if they didn't pay for it? Is there something you feel is better in competitor bikes? We just don't know unfortunately. It's a beautiful to watch video still ofc… But well…

  6. we’re all looking for a reasonably priced gravel bike (well I am ) but shipping to Dubai has just priced this out of my market ! Nice video though

  7. Walmart have a huge marketing budget. I've seen other sponsored content for this launch too. Can't blame GCN for trying to show this bike in its most positive light and grab a slice of the cake.

  8. I thought this was going 2 be reasonable priced bikes they r f-ing crazy with these prices from Wal-Mart. $2000 just 4 the frame

  9. I wondered why these bore so much resemblance to recent Diamondback models. Kevin Quan is phenomenal at what he does. The Diamondback Podium disc is to this day the greatest bike I've ever ridden. I'd love to give the R1 a try.

  10. Could you start doing real honest reviews of the bikes instead of repeating the marketing sell sheet? So many « we’re being told »

  11. Sometimes i would wish that these promo videos would feature 2 people, one riding the mid range and the other one riding the top model as this one.
    It is as having a feeling that bikes under $3000 are not even worth mentioning.

  12. I like it. Even has rack and fender mounts to boot. But, I’d rather have a Kestrel gravel bike for that money.

  13. It’s 1kg frame but 2000 only for the frame set? Too much marketing these days. Those complaining about GCN review what more should we expect from a gravel bike? We all know time will show what will be the end result of these bikes and I don’t think they should torture demo bikes

  14. Let me just put it this way, why is Si breathing so hard on what looks to be relatively flat-ish ground?? Is Si going to fall on his sword and claimed to be unfit (which we all know is a bloody lie), and that there's nothing wrong with the bike itself? I wanna see what Oscar thinks of it.

  15. It may never come to England unless "Wiggle" can arrange something. Anyway I bet "Paths less Pedalled" will do a review of it. But I must say it's a rather lovely bicycle.

  16. Threaded bottom brackets are the way! All BB’s can creak. A threaded BB can be serviced easily with a $15 tool as opposed to an expensive bearing press and more time needed to service a press fit. That’s a very nice bike and I will consider it for my next bike purchase. Happy riding!🚵‍♂️

  17. Nice but at 2300 usd for a 105, the Norco section is a smarter choice if you want a road bike that is off road capable.

  18. Everyone needs to earn their pennies. We can buy a Ribble with the added benefit of getting your own colour choices.

  19. Oh man… This Viathon checks more boxes on my gravel bike wish list than any other frame out there (road bike length chainstays, carbon, traditional seatpost and BB, rack/fender mounts, etc.). It's super tempting to buy one now, but I think the Walmart stigma will be hard to shake off at it's current pricing and these things will become discounted soon. That's when I'll get one!

  20. How come the bike shown is not available on the website? BTW, I am a big fan of GCN and I really enjoy/learn from the videos. Thank you!

  21. Looks like a Chinese open mold generic frame tbh. Anyone can start a new bike comp now. Unless you make wheels and components you're just a reseller with a name.

  22. Riddle me this; when is a review not a review? When it's a "first look at". Very disappointing, I could have got all of that from the product website.

  23. Ugh… Idk. I need honest reviews, rather than glorified reviews on this bike. The term "walmart" already throws me off. What about how the bike feels, handles, and its durability? Feels like a overglorified china bike (like most others lol)

  24. I prefer my mountain bicycles…er Road bicycles..er Gravel bicycle to be made by Walmart…er I mean Viathon to be painted…er I mean made in Italy by craftsmen and artisans using Japanese made composite plastic prepeg laid up in a Chinese mould and baked by Chinese Communist industrial slaves who want to keep hold of their kidneys in China to be sold to Western low testosterone Millennial's by cynical marketing executives more sociopathic than American Psycho with his new business bone coloured cards just from the printer…er I mean sold to trendy hipster 'we are the cyclists' types who don't get irritated by those irritating soy boy music tracks that find their way on to those 'first look' Youtube Videos.
    Its a Wallmart bicycle and the Cadex wheels are er…Giant
    Viathon – Our Story – https://vimeo.com/321877307
    Yes I nearly threw up with the amounts of cheesiness….LOL..

  25. I'm not much into dropped seat stays, but overall, I must say, these Viathons are lovely bikes. Not as beautiful as the Salsa #WarBird, the Norco #Search XR, the Forme #Monsal & the Genesis #Datum, but comparable to the Jamis #Renegade and (almost) the Giant #Defy Advanced. And yeah – who doesn't love the SRAM Red eTap AXS!
    By the way, I'd like to see more adventure ("gravel") bike reviews.

  26. A new bike company on the market, ok cool….I would be more impressed if a company with endless resources funds a race team. Until then just another bike brand….

  27. The only time when wide tires would make sense to me, is at winter, but it seems, that most of good studded tires that could work also in snow, are not available on such "narrow" width as 51mm…

  28. Interesting that the Wal-mart company is worried about Asian working conditions when they care so little about the same for their U.S. employees… 🤷‍♂️

  29. Looks like Si is on rollers with a projected moving back scene in the best tradition driving scenes in old filns

  30. It's the Global Cycling Network, so are these bikes available worldwide?

    I live in New Zealand. We ride bikes.

  31. I still can't get over the fact you would still be buying a bike from Walmart, I know I know, it's high end and has great bits to it, but it's STILL Walmart… And quite frankly you can buy a similarly spec-ed bike from a well known name for the same, or in some cases, even less money.
    Walmart shoppers have one thing on their mind – price, and a $3,000+ bike just ain't in the budget for most of their shoppers… Hence the $59 MTB.

  32. 6:41 not too nice to see how much the break cables have rubbed away the paint on the head tube after such a short time😬

  33. Name and graphics reminds me of the 90s. I’d rather afford a bike from the 21st century. Don’t think this brand will seriously prosper…

  34. putting SRAM Red on crappy frame does not makes the frame good, with easy access of cheap open-mold frames from Aliexpress and Taobao, it makes these overpriced rebrands unnecessary

  35. a shame this late to the party they're only offering shimano RX at ultegra level completely ignoring 105. $3000+ for a new, unquantifiable website only brand is a tall price to ask

  36. Why are there gravel bikes,why..anything on any surface besides asphalt you should use a mt. bike,also why are there drop bars on these so called cyclocross(roadbikes),it make more sense to use a flat bar but it seems there are more followers in this cyclocross bs sport…its a roadbike

  37. A commercial? A crummy commercial! Just saw another one on GCN about Shimano and one yesterday about a new wheel brand. I just can’t take these videos as being non- biased for a second. Where’s the real review instead of marketing hype? Is that all GCN does now?

  38. This is what I have been looking for, the Caadx looks pretty similar but for less money and no white bar tape

  39. It's a matter of principle why I don't support Walmart due to their 'local business killing' tactics. This bike is a 'no' for me dawg.

  40. I maybe a cynic but I really can't see SRAM Red on their website? I've got SRAM force Shimano Ultegra and 105 all mechanical groupsets. The three options are at the bottom of the page
    https://www.viathonbicycles.com/collections/gravel-multi-surface-g-1/products/g1-frameset

  41. Lest you forget one of the Walmart family heir loves cycling and bought out Rapha so I'm sure they're pretty serious about this lineup

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