Sage Barlow Titanium gravel bike review

A dedicated gravel bike that can double up for use across myriad disciplines

Sage Barlow Titanium gravel bike
(Image: © Colin Levitch)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A bike that is pitched to perform across disciplines is going to have to make performance sacrifices somewhere. Sages Barlow makes those sacrifices in all the right places, for a genuinely fun and capable ride


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    Well finished

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    Confident geometry

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    Mounts galore


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    Some toe overlap

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Named after the treacherous road the Pioneers took over the Cascade Mountains on the final leg of the Oregon Trail, the Sage Barlow is pitched as the one bike to rule them all in the now highly competitive best gravel bike space. Finding a middle ground between the Oregon-based titanium bike brand's Skyline all-road bike and its Storm King monster-cross bike is the Sage Barlow. 

Founded in 2011 by David Rosen, Sage only works in titanium with frames built (or rather 'brewed') in Beaverton, Oregon. Rosen was jaded by the disposability of carbon bikes, and the constant cycle of upgrading every product cycle to take advantage of the latest and greatest technology.

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.