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Just announced, Solace Cycles OM-3 is the New York-based brand’s latest offering. The OM-3 features a titanium frame, clearance for 29 x 2.2″ tires, and is designed more as a drop-bar mountain bike than a beefed up road bike.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Allott and Courtney Fair, owners of Solace Cycles, last fall in upstate New York. Although they are a small company, Solace has positioned themselves at the forefront of adventure riding and bikepacking in the area, and they play an important role in the local cycling community. Their focus is on titanium adventure bikes, and at the time of my visit they had two production bikes released, as well as a prototype gravel bike called the OM-3. The Solace Cycles OM-3 is officially released and we worked with them to provide this overview of what it’s all about.


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I dragged this bike through two river crossings, led it down muddy trails, and rode endless miles through the rain on gritty dirt roads.

This story starts in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York at Solace Cycles HQ. Actually, it goes back further than that. It goes all the way back to 2012, when, after having raced the Tour Divide, I returned home with the dream of creating a bikepacking route through the Adirondacks.


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