Tifosi Cavazzo Ekar review

Highly versatile and with a groupset rarely seen at this price point

Tifosi Cavazzo Ekar
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Tifosi Cavazzo Ekar is a highly versatile bike that has the capacity to perform at a wide range of applications. The 1x13 groupset offers a similar range and number of single tooth jumps to a 2x setup and, of course, still providing all the benefits that come with going 1x. The frame itself is highly versatile, able to handle up to 2.1 inch 650b tyres or 45mm in 700c. There’s also a wide variety of mounting points, accommodating both modern bikepacking bags as well as traditional panniers and mudguards. However, if you’re planning on spending a fair amount of time on more technical trails than just wide open gravel, you would be better off on a bike with a more progressive geometry than is present on this open mould design.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent Ekar 1x13 groupset

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    Lots of mounting points, modern and traditional

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    Good tyre clearance

Reasons to avoid
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    Wheels have a relatively narrow internal width

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    Handlebar reach is quite long

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Tifosi’s Cavazzo gravel bike platform is very much a jack of all trades. Put on some fat tyres and, together with its reasonably slack head angle and simple 1x drivetrain, it’s a blast around the local trails and bridleways. 

Going in quite the other direction, the Cavazzo is also well suited for long-distance bikepacking jaunts, with those 13 gears and wide variety of mounting options. This isn’t a bike that railroads you into one small, particular niche - many doors have been left wide open.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg