Earlier this year, I purchased a Bug Out, the new “stock” steel frame offering from Zach Small’s framebuilding operation Amigo Frameworks. While visiting Zach in Nashville, we spent a few days building it up in his shop before heading out for first impressions on some springtime Middle Tennessee mixed-terrain riding at the Gosh Darn Gravel Gathering. Since then, I’ve put hundreds of miles on the Bug Out and swapped components a few times to get it where it is now—an intersection of pure enjoyment and mechanical perfection. Genre-wise, this bike pushes a lot of boundaries, and I’m not sure what it is: Dropbar MTB? Adventure bike? ATB? Touring bike? Monster Gravel? At some point, labels stopped mattering, and I realized this might be the most fun bike I’ve owned. Let’s look at the Bug Out, and some build highlights, in detail below and find out why!
MRP’s New Baxter Gravel Fork is On the Way
With either 40 or 60mm travel, a new silhouette with tapered legs, and minimal branding, you could say MRP is “going for it” with their new Baxter gravel fork. Weighing in at 1,420g, the new Baxter clears a 45mm tire in the 40mm travel model or a 50mm tire in the 60mm travel option.
Stanchion Size: 32mm
Travel: 40mm or 60mm
Weight: 1,420 g
Spring: FulFill™ Air
External Adjustments: 3-position compression damping, 20-position rebound damping
Axle-to-crown Length: 430mm* (*40mm model with 45c clearance, +5mm for 50c clearance), 456mm (60mm model)
Steerer Options: Tapered (1.125 – 1.5″)
Offset: 40mm version: 40.5, 44, or 47.5mm, 60mm version: 41.4, 45, or 48.4mm.
Brake Mount: Flat-mount 160 or 180mm
Bottle/Accessory Mounts: 2 (one per leg, 3 lb. [1.36 kg] max load per side)
Tire Clearance: 40mm version 700x45c default (50c optional), 60mm version 700x50c (29×2.00”)
Axle: 12×100 or 12x110mm (Boost)
MSRP: $989.95 USD
Availability: July 2021
For pre-ordering, contact MRP directly.