An instant American classic of modern design and raw power
When we began the journey to create Spot Brand’s first true road bike, the Denver Zephyr, we knew it had to be special: iconic in design and utterly dependable in performance. We found inspiration in an archetype of mid-century American transportation: the historic Denver Zephyr train. Its polished steel glinting in the sunlight, this marvel of efficiency, power and progress barreled across the Heartlands between Chicago and the Rockies.
Spot’s new Denver Zephyr may not be diesel powered, but it measures up to its namesake in all other regards: style, speed, and on-time reliability. This is a classic brushed stainless steel road bike, made for the long haul, yet thoroughly modern in its features: tapered head tube, hydraulic disc brakes, Di2 electronic shifting. We added gentle bends to the bright steel frame’s seatstays and chainstays for subtle compliance (and yes, for a few extra style points). And with ample tire clearance when running up to 40c in the front and 35c in the rear, you can choose your own adventure.
Knowing full well that Spot customers prize versatility, we added clearance for wider tires to charge gravel roads. We included rack and fender mounts for randonneuring and super commuting. Years in development, no detail overlooked, we are proud to launch our version of the Denver Zephyr. Like its namesake, we believe it will become an American classic.
KVA MS3 Stainless Steel Tubing
Stronger than steel, stiffer than titanium, and with a better feel than both, MS3 stainless steel offers a rare and beautiful component to a bicycle that can’t be matched. For years aluminium, carbon, steel, and titanium have been the standard in the cycling community. Now MS3 stainless steel tubing, created by KVA STAINLESS™ through years of engineering and development, allows frame builders to create the world’s best road, cyclocross, touring, freestyle, mountain and BMX bikes. KVA STAINLESS™ MS3 bicycle tubes are proudly made in the USA using the highest quality domestic materials.
Shimano Di2 Electronic Shifting
State of the art electronic, Di2, 11-speed shifting by Shimano. Huge 428% range.
Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Powerful, consistent, predictable in all weather, the Shimano hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors are always reliable.
DT Swiss Tubeless Compatible Rims
Modern rims that can be run without tubes.
|Eff. Top Tube Length||20.1" (510mm)||20.5" (520mm)||21.6" (550mm)||22.4" (570mm)||23.6" (600mm)|
|Seat Tube Length||19.5" (496mm)||20.5" (520mm)||21.65" (550mm)||22.4" (570mm)||23.6" (600mm)|
|Seat Tube Angle||74°||73°||73°||73°||73°|
|Head Tube Length||4.5" (110mm)||4.9" (125mm)||5.5" (140mm)||6.3" (160mm)||7.1" (180mm)|
|Head Tube Angle||69.5°||70°||71°||72°||72.5°|
|Chainstay Length||17.9" (435mm)|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||2.4" (61mm)|
|Wheel Base||39.8" (1012mm)||39.7" (1008mm)||40.5" (1029mm)||40.9" (1039mm)||41.9" (1064mm)|
|Reach||14.0" (355mm)||14.1" (358mm)||14.9" (379mm)||15.5" (394mm)||16.4" (416mm)|
|Stack||20.8" (528mm)||21.3" (540mm)||22.0" (558mm)||22.9" (581mm)||23.7" (602mm)|
|Standover||28.7" (728mm)||29.5" (749mm)||30.5" (776mm)||31.3" (796mm)||32.3" (821mm)|
|Rider Height||5'1" - 5'5"||5'5" - 5'8"||5'8" - 5'10"||5'10" - 6'2"||6'2" - 6'6"|
|Fork||Spot||Carbon, Tapered Steerer 1-1/8" - 1-1/2", Post mount, Disc only, 160mm rotor compatible|
|Wheelset||DT Swiss||R23 Spline Disc Brake, tubeless compatible|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano||Ultegra Di2, 11-speed, FD-6870-F, Clamp type|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano||Ultegra Di2, 11-speed, RD-6870|
|Shifters||Shimano||Ultegra Di2, 11-speed, included in BR-R785 levers|
|Crankset||Shimano||Ultegra, FC-6800, Hollowtech 50x34t, 172.5mm (50/52/55cm frames), 175mm (57/60cm frames)|
|Bottom bracket||Shimano||SM-BB72-41B, press fit for road|
|Chain||Shimano||CN-HG700-11, 11-speed chain for road/mtb|
|Front/Rear Brakes||Shimano||Disc, BR-R785, 160mm rotor|
|Headset||Cane Creek||40 Series, IS42/IS52/40|
|Handlebar||Spot||440mm - 55cm-60cm, 420mm - 50cm-52cm|
|Stem||Spot||31.8 clamp, +/- 7 deg, 90mm - 50cm, 100mm - 52cm-55cm, 110mm - 57cm-60cm|
|Seatpost||FSA||SL-K SB20, 27.2mm, 350mm length, 20mm setback, w/ Di2 internal battery mount|
|Front/Rear Tires||Schwalbe||Pro One, 700x28c, tubeless compatible, MicroSkin, TL-Easy|
Road Bike Action Magazine (April 2016)
Denver Zephyr proved to be an energetic, do-it-all bike
“The Denver Zephyr has beautifully shaped stainless tubing throughout the frame with a slightly swooping rear triangle. The front triangle has a fairly traditional shape with small-diameter, round tubing. Owing to their history as a commuter brand, utility is an important them with Spot, and you’ll find rear eyelets for fender and rack mounting.”
“Stainless steel is known for its smooth-riding attributes, and we were excited to see what the Spot had to offer. Rolling on large 28c tubeless slicks, we figured comfort could be a key attribute. We were not disappointed. Immediately, we noticed the extremely supple feeling while rolling due to the ability to run low tire pressure. Without breaking our smile, the Denver Zephyr proved to be an energetic, do-it-all bike. Sprinting, climbing, descending, long endurance rides and everything in between, the bike tackled it all with our full confidence.”
“When rides get upwards of three, four or five hours, the Denver Zephyr is most at home. Compliance and comfort become a big factor in long rides to keep the rider happy, and the swooping rear triangle certainly plays a big role in that. The way the chain stays curve up and away from the ground allow the rear end to noticeably flex and dampen the effect of the road beneath you.”
“Spot boasts the ability to run extra-wide tires (up to 40c in the front and 35c in the rear), so we decided to put that extra space to use. And when a pair of 35c knobby tires was thrown on, we found that a new bike was born. In riding a variety of gravel, traditional-paved and rough roads, our goal was to try and find the limits of the Spot. We weren’t successful.”
“There are few bikes we ride that could potentially be in everyone’s stable, and we found Spot’s Denver Zephyr gets pretty close. If you aren’t out racing every weekend and just love riding your bike, this stainless steel model could be an awesome option for you.”
To read the whole review, pick up the April 2016 issue of Road Bike Action magazine.