The all new Giant Propel Advanced SL 0
“Light and Fast”
This will bring the sun out and warm up your day! The Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 is all-new this year and comes stock with Giants super lightweight CADEX wheels, stem, handlebar and saddle. This model has Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 including the FC-9200P power meter. The aero road machine is designed and engineered for one main purpose: speed. With its AeroSystem Shaping technology and race-winning efficiency. Stock out of the box weight on a small frame was 14 lbs / 15 oz!
Giants all new TRC Advanced Pro 1 Disc
“THE TOTAL RACE BIKE”
Giants all new TRC Advanced 1 Pro Disc, 12-speed Di2 race bike. It’s so new it’s not even listed on Giant’s website yet!
Coming in at under 18 lbs with its stock heavy wheels at an amazing 3700.00 bucks. The all new Shimano 105 Di2 is silky smooth and of course there is TCR’s most quantifiable gains found compared to previous generation models is its aero dynamics. Every tube shape was analyzed, engineered and tested to create an overall structure with significantly lower drag at a wider range of yaw angles. This is an affordable race day bike that the others will not be able to match.
Giant Revolt Advanced 2
The all new Giant Revolt. New Advanced composite frame and fork save more than 160 grams compared to previous model. Updated geometry includes a lower bottom bracket, longer reach and steeper headtube angle for improved acceleration and climbing. New frame features thinner, dropped seatstays to absorb road shocks and vibrations. D-Fuse handlebar and seatpost work as a system to add compliance. The flip chip on the rear dropout adjusts the wheelbase short for quicker handling, or long for improved stability at speed.
This is the Giant Revolt Advanced 2 with Shimano GRX RX-600, 2×11 in the Starry Night. M/L size is 16.8 LBs with pedals all for 3K!
Jamis Renegade S3
Something new to us, the Jamis Renegade S3 gravel bike. The bike was said to be by staff during test riding, “refreshing”. It’s pleasantly different from what you are used to as it has a soul.
Specs on this ride: Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes, tapered head tube for tapered fork, threaded BB shell, 12mm Thruaxle, flat mount chain stay disc brake mounts, down tube mounted full cable housing, internal dropper post ready, 3
waterbottle mounts, TT mounts, rack and fender eyelets. Jamis Adventure ECO monocoque carbon composite fork, WTB Riddler Comp tires and WTB ST i23 wheels, Ritchey seat post, handlebar and stem. Shimano GRX RD-RX400 drivetrain and brakes.
Felt FR FRD Ultimate
Winter must be on the way because we are doing a few cool road race frame up builds and a few gravel frame ups. We will post the most exotic for your viewing pleasure. Today’s finished product is Felt FR FRD Ultimate with Shimano Ultegra Di2, Whoo Powerlink zero pedals, NDR saddle and Rodman seat post, Windspace Zero Integrated Handlebar and Windspace D45 carbon spoke wheelset. 16 LBS with pedals.
Liv Brava Advanced Pro 1
There is a bite in the air and cyclocross season is here. CX bikes however are hard to come by so this Liv Brava Advanced Pro 1 (S) sitting in our showroom is like pure gold!
This women’s-specific cyclocross bike is built from advanced-grade composite, the overdrive 2 steerer and D-Fuse seatpost create a lightweight, responsive and agile ride with precise steering. Enjoy how a slacker headtube and disc brakes give you extra confidence on the downhills, over technical features and in fast or tight corners. Born for approaching barriers and run-ups with confidence, the longer top tube is shaped for mount and dismount ease as well as shouldering comfort. Stop in today for a test ride on this lightweight beauty.
Salsa Stormchaser Single-speed
Bicycle eye candy!!! Meet the Salsa Stormchaser single-speed a gravel bike designed to prevail through bad weather and drivetrain-crunching conditions. The 6066-T6 alloy frame features our Class 5™ VRS (vibration reduction system) for comfort and composure on harsh roads. The compliant carbon fork comes with extra tire clearance and protection plates to prevent wear from muddy tires. Alternator Flat Mount dropouts allow for solid single-speed setups or 1x drivetrains (with geared dropout plate, sold separately). If you’re a single speed enthusiast or looking for that first single-speed for Loudoun’s gravel this is your bike and at only $1899.00 who could say no?Available today in sizes 49cm, 52.5cm, 54.5cm, 56cm, 57.5cm, 59cm and 61cm.
Gravel Bike Shootout
Salsa Warbird GRX810 vs. Giant Revolt Advanced 0
by Dawn Graham
I have ridden many miles on gravel to connect paved roads on my Trek Madones through the years and I never felt the road platform limited me to pavement. Occasionally I would need to stop and remove the front wheel to dislodge stones caught between the fork crown and the tire. A nuisance, certainly, and the dirt embedded in the rubber of a nice pair of Conti GP 5000s was not so great for adhesion on pavement.
The Trek Boone was an excellent solution, the 600 series OCLV carbon frame worked well with two wheelsets, one for road and one for dirt. The bike was light, agile, and the geometry of the 50cm frame provided me with a very comfortable planted position. A true cyclocross race bike, the frame clearance limits tire width to 35c and Trek, with their need for gimmicks and catchy names, added the front Isospeed Decoupler to the latest version, along with unnecessary mechanical complexity, weight, and service intervals. I love exploring the back roads on my Boone, so how would I benefit from a purpose-built gravel bicycle?
Fast forward to the Spring of 2020 and the need for a physical diversion from the pandemic; I decided to test two of the bikes from our current brand offerings at Maverick Bikes. I chose the Salsa Warbird GRX 810 52.5cm and the Giant Revolt Advanced 0 XS and I would ride each 350 miles on my usual gravel haunts in Western Loudoun. Both are free of suspension to smooth the ride beyond the inherent shock absorbing characteristics of the carbon frame, tire volume, and tire pressure.
The bikes have similar geometry with the same fork rake of 50mm for a sizeable tire contact patch, and 74° seat tube angle. The Warbird has a 70.75° head tube angle, a shorter top tube 52.5cm and longer chainstays 430mm compared to the Revolt’s 70.5° head tube angle, top tube of 53cm and 425mm chainstays. The stack on the bikes differs by 1mm and the reach is 4.8mm longer on the Revolt.
I rode each bike with as much of the stock equipment as possible, changing the stem, seatpost, and saddle to accommodate a proper fit. The bikes were very closely equipped varying in brand components, wheelsets, and tires. The Warbird arrives stock with DT Swiss C 1800 Spline wheels and Teravail Cannonball 700 x 42c tires and the Revolt with the Giant CX2 Wheelsystem and Maxxis Velocita 700 x 40c tires. Once I had completed the 350 miles on the Warbird, I installed Teravail Cannonball tires on the Revolt for similar rolling weight and traction.
The Salsa Warbird is an amazing chameleon of a bike, very fast and stable on descents and an agile climber. The ability to change to a 650b wheels with clearance for 47-51mm tires is a plus for the off-road adventurer. I could confidently ride the Warbird on many of my regular mountain bike trails.
I loved the stable handling of this bike and decided it would be a great first road bike for my daughter. I purchased the Warbird GRX600 and equipped it with the 650b DT Swiss G 1800 wheels and WTB Venture 700 x 47mm tires. My test rides would continue with Lizzy as my ride companion and this allowed me to test the bike with 650b wheels, which were incredibly stable on the loose stuff. The big tire footprint increased my daughter’s confidence on a drop bar bike.
Turning to the Revolt Advanced 0, my first impression was that it felt like a road bike and was lively on climbs while still providing confident, stable handling on descents. I attributed the feel to the lengthier top tube and shorter stays. The stock handlebar has a comfortable shape that fit well with the shape of the GRX levers.
Both bikes met the challenges of freshly graded roads, steep climbs, loose off camber descents, and deep creek crossings without a hitch. The bikes are well constructed and beautifully finished.
After 700 miles, I was convinced I needed to add a gravel bike to my stable and the Giant Revolt Advanced was the winner. I immediately felt at home on the bike without having to make changes to the fit and loved the aesthetics of tube shapes, graphics, and paint. I would need to build a custom bike…
Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1
Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 is all-new and redesigned, superlight Advanced-grade composite frame that’s handcrafted with race-proven geometry and asymmetrical chainstays for optimal power transfer.
Its D-Fuse composite seatpost helps smooth out bumps and vibrations with an innovative D-shaped shaft.
New for this year is the option to use a 30.9mm round standard or dropper seatpost instead depending on your riding style and terrain. Other innovations include a lightweight composite WheelSystem and tubeless tires right out of the box.
flat-mount disc brakes; and 12mm front and rear thru-axles for total control and fast cornering, sprinting and climbing in all conditions. The all new lighter TCX is made with Advanced-grade carbon and is 17.5 percent lighter than the previous generation. The frame is now 850g versus 1050g, and the fork is 400g versus 460g.
Liv Devote Advanced Pro
Made with Advanced-Grade Composite and decorated with SRAM Force eTap AXS group.
Top that off with Giant CXR-2 Carbon Disc WheelSystem
And your looking at the best in class gravel bicycle. Adventure cyclist yep, gravel racers yep, this bike meets the needs of performance and endurance riders alike and at a price point thats hard to beat.
Equipped with vibration absorbing D-Fuse seatpost, or add a dropper seatpost if need be. And finally, a wheelset specifically built for all-weather performance and unpredictable terrain makes the steadfast Devote your top pick for finishing any tough ride or race. Check it out on our showroom and get a test ride today.
Liv Langma Advance 1 DISC
The Liv Langma Advanced 1 Disc is engineered for aggressive climbing, descending and accelerations.
The unrivaled stopping power of disc brakes provides the confidence to carry speed in fast corners or tight quarters.
The frame’s slender tubing creates an extremely fast and lightweight racing machine, while the downtube thickens as it approaches the PowerCore bottom bracket for pedaling stiffness strength.
With Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy and cutting-edge lightweight aerodynamic innovations, Langma Advanced Disc provides the winning advantage for every effort, from long hilly races to fast-paced criteriums.
Bike with pedals weighs in at 16.8 (M) and has a full Shimano Ultegra group with Giant P-R2 Disc wheel systems.
2021 All-City Zig Zag
Steel is real and if it has All-City on the downtube, it is beautiful as well.
The Zig Zag is a modern road bike, built to be a fast and efficient, shielding riders from road chatter and unnecessary fatigue to go further, faster, and have more fun.
All-City A.C.E. Air-Hardened, custom extruded steel frame with Signature dropouts, brazed-on seat collar, custom head badge and custom tapered headtube with external headset puts this bike squarely into the hand-built category.
Add painted to matched Whisky No.9 thru axle fork with carbon blades, tapered carbon steerer tube and flat mount disc brake, tire clearance up to 35mm w/o fenders, 32mm w/fenders and you have a real head turner.
Come in and check out our line-up of beautifully spec’d and painted All-City bicycles.
2021 Giant Revolt Advanced 0
The all new 2021 Giant Revolt Advanced 0 now sporting a full Shimano GRX 800 group and Giants super sweet CXR-2 Carbon Disc WheelSystem.
Designed with purpose-built geometry for gravel riding, plus engineered compliance in a lightweight composite frame and has clearance for high-volume tires up to 45mm so you can float through the rough stuff.
Details including the X-Defender downtube protector and smart mount system for racks and accessories give you a head start on any gravel riding mission on LoCos historic gravel roads.
The bike photographed here is set-up for our long-term tester doing a comparison with the Salsa Warbird GRX so this one is not in stock trim. The new Revolt weighed in at 17.2 lbs. Longterm comparison of both bikes to publish in the fall of 2020.
Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 Disc
Featured today is a pure race weapon, the 16 pound Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0.
We sold the bikes that Giant built for other bicycle companies for years but we never sold anything this nice at this price point. At $5500.00 this is the race bike to tackle any type of mass start event that would make a professional rider really happy.
This bike in stock trim is a real light weight at 16 lbs disc (M) with Shimano Ultegra, 36/52with Giant PowerPro power meter.
Shimano Ultegra Di2 group.
Best in class Giant SLR-1 42 Carbon Disc WheelSystem that we would stack up against any carbon wheel on the market.
This same class of bike from the “other guys” is pushing 8K without the 2K wheels. We have them on the floor now so head on in and check out all the pretty bikes in our showroom.
All-City Cosmic Stallion Force 1
June 7, 2020
This is up as pure bike porn! Today we are featuring the hand built All-City Cosmic Stallion Force 1 gravel bike.
The custom touches elevate All-City bikes in a way that really set them apart.
They devote time and resources to signature details that turn heads and signify high-quality craftsmanship. These elements tell a cohesive visual story and form a distinct silhouette so that even if your unique bike were stripped down to bare metal, it would still be instantly identifiable as an All-City hand built bicycle.
We really are full up with gravel and drop bar adventure bikes right now with more on the way next week from Giant and Salsa. Come in and check them out.
All-City Cycles Gorilla Monsoon
June 5, 2020
If you like drop bar knobbies our showroom’s cup runneth!!! First up is the hand built All-City GORILLA MONSOON;-) Just makes you smile to say it.
DO-IT-ALL DIRT SOLUTION
A sweet beast designed to handle on- or off-road shredding, bikecamping, short-duration dirt touring, and the pursuit of good times, the Gorilla Monsoon is ready to rocket cross racers and backcountry explorers through mountain trails, mayhem, and everything in between.
Salsa Journeyman 650b (long term test)
May 31, 2020: Mileage report
As of today we have 380 miles on the Salsa Journeyman 650b and this bike just continues to impress us. In a word its “stellar” as a all around bike but as a gravel bike its best in class. With 10 set-ups from Salsa including drop-bar, flat bar and 700c or 650b there is a bike for everyone. The ride quality for a starter gravel bike is so good that its hard to believe that its just a tad north of a grand. Its manners on deep gravel once loaded are perfect and put a set of slicks on 700c wheels and the asphalt miles will just fall of the ticker as well as any touring bicycle out there. The WTB saddle is a keeper as are the Salsa Cowbell handlebars. Its not often the stock saddle is a keeper! Yes we did change the tires and we went tubeless and this did add a lot of positive handling attributes and we still wish it had through axles but none of this is a deal breaker and at this price point your simply not going to find a better bicycle.
April 27, 2020: Tubeless Tire upgrade
Off with the WTB NANO 2.1 non-tubeless and on with the new Donnelly EMP gravel tire, which pulls its name from the airport code for Emporia, Kansas, home of a kinda popular gravel race that crushes souls every year.
The tire is a departure from their usual tread design, getting a tighter tread block pattern without a well-defined center strip like most all of their other tires. It’s still designed to roll fast, which is key if you’re racing the Dirty Kanza or any other long distance gravel bike event, but with bigger side knobs to handle more aggressive cornering.
So far we love the tire on Western Loudoun gravel and we have even had them on the single track! Going tubeless dropped about 3/4 of a pound off the rolling weight and we are able to run lower pressure now in the backcountry when need be. So far its the best 650B gravel tire we have tested.
- Smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs
- Soft rubber compound for extra grip and shock absorption
- Integrated puncture protection belt under the tread
March 24, 2020
We hope this bicycle distraction gives everyone a few moments away from the headlines, its something all of us can use these days. Also thanks for supporting us during this time. We are fighting to stay afloat and keep our new shop open. The staff continues to take this one day at a time so keep an eye on Facebook for any changes in the day to day operations
We have been showing and reviewing a lot of high end bicycles and while they are fun to look at and to own they are not for every one. So this time around we have decided to do a long term review on the bike everyone can afford and because we are in Loudoun County Virginia the “King of Gravel” we decided to pick a gravel bike. Well that and the fact that it seems to be all we sell anymore!
From the staff at Maverick Cycles meet the Salsa Journeymen with the 650B wheels. Priced from $950 to $1,500, the Journeyman is Salsa’s entry-level bike platform within its all-road lineup. There are 10 bikes to pick from in this line up!!!
According to Salsa, “The Journeyman provides features the cycling enthusiast is looking for to take on their first gravel race or their first ramble down that old ‘gravel road out in wonderful Western Loudoun.” It’s clearly a bike designed for gravel/bikepacking-curious riders who are looking for a feature-rich and versatile rig but aren’t quite ready to pony up the big bucks for a Giant Revolt Advanced Pro, a Salsa Warbird, Salsa Fargo or Tour Divide-ready Salsa Cutthroat.
It comes in either 700c or 650b, and in flat-bar or drop-bar variations. If bikepacking or dirt roads are in the mix, one of the five Salsa Journeyman 650b models will likely be a more capable option than the 700c x 38mm models. With bigger 27.5 x 2.1″ tires, it’s certainly better suited for tackling rugged terrain.