I'm interested in a bike for __________. The IVAN and WAYPOINT models both look like they could work. Can you explain the differences between the two?

In broad strokes the IVAN and the WAYPOINT do have some overlap --- rack, fender, bottle mounts; tire clearance; component compatibility -- but are very different bikes in the fine detail. The IVAN is more quick, snappy and nimble, while the WAYPOINT is more stable and comfortable for endurance and light touring.

The IVAN is a CX/gravel bike; high bottom bracket, shorter/adjustable chainstay length, shorter headtube, tighter geometry. Very nimble and more aggressive "race bike" position than the Waypoint.

The WAYPOINT is a gravel/commuter bike; Low bottom bracket, longer chainstay, taller headtube, slacker geometry. Very stable and comfortable.


The short and only honest answer is that it depends.

Each specific tire/rim combination measures differently, making a hard and fast “maximum tire” number impractical.

The actual measured width of any given tire can be significantly different than the labeled size. While it is generally close enough for a rule of thumb, a tire’s labeled size — “700x25” or “27.5x2.0” is at best an average and is primarily used as a marketing and sales metric for tire comparisons. It is not uncommon for a tire to be listed and sold as “700x38” and have an actual ERTO “40-622” marked on the tire, indicating 40mm width.

Another important consideration is the rim profile the tire is mounted on. Depending on variations in the internal rim width, the same tire can have noticeably different widths mounted on different wheels. It is not uncommon for a “700x28” tire to measure 28mm wide on some wheels and 33mm wide on others. In the example below, the same tire is 4mm wider on a “gravel/cyclocross” wheel with a 26mm internal width rim than on a “road/gravel” rim with 21mm internal width.

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Please see the specific frame/fork model page for maximum tire size guidelines, keeping in mind that those numbers are not universal.