Commencal has launched the 365, featuring a full-aluminium frameset and integrated front mudguard. The new gravel bike is a first for the Andorran brand, which is best known for its mountain bikes, and is only available with a 1x drivetrain.
Commencal says it has designed the bike to cope with the demands of gravel riding, with versatility aimed at making it suitable for touring and commuting.
The Commencal 365 is made from triple-butted 6069 T4/T6 aluminium, including the fork. Many gravel bikes have a carbon fibre fork in their framesets due to carbon’s light weight and low-frequency vibration-damping qualities.
Commencal says it has decided on a full-aluminium construction because the brand sees this as its speciality and cites sustainability reasons such as the ability to recycle the material. The thin, round dropped seatstays on the rear triangle are said to give the frame high levels of torsional strength, while allowing for vertical compliance.
It also features a frame protector that continues over the bottom bracket, while the front fork has mounts for a specific mudguard.