The FitWell Drew DeGroot 1 draws its inspiration from the Spring Classic road races of northern Europe. Its light weight and snappy handling is perfectly balanced by exemplary stability, comfort, plus a tailored fit. The Drew DeGroot 1's foundation is a lightweight, double-butted aluminum frame that returns all your effort in the form of KOMs and county line sprints on your favorite routes. The full carbon fork, with a tapered steerer tube, invites you to carve through turns with grace and speed while an aluminum wheelset and Maxxis Detonator tires keep you rolling smoothly and confidently. Its Shimano Tiagra 10-speed componentry ensure precision shifting and superb reliability.
And while the Drew DeGroot 1 certainly inspires one to push the pace, there's an incredible amount of versatility engineered into the bike to more completely expand one's cycling horizons. The frame and fork are designed to handle tires up to 700x30 in size in case you want to put on some higher volume rubber for more comfort and/or better capacity for riding on dirt roads. There are three sets of water bottle braze-ons to keep you hydrated on the longest days in the saddle while braze-ons for fenders and racks enhance the bike's utilitarian functionality. How does one choose the perfect FitWell DeGroot?
As the company's name spells out as plain as day, FitWell's mission is to ensure your bicycle is a perfect match for your physiology and riding style. FitWell's DeGroot family of bikes is available in three models - DeGroot 1, DeGroot 2, and DeGroot 3 - and each model is available in two distinct fits: Alex and Drew.
The difference between DeGroot models 1-3 is simply a matter of Shimano groupset. As the number increases, so does the level of componentry. The DeGroot 1 sports a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed group, the DeGroot 2 features a Shimano 105 10-speed group, while the DeGroot 3 is spec'd with a Shimano Ultegra 11-speed group. All three models have the same double-butted aluminum frame construction and full-carbon fork.
Then there's the matter of fit options achieved by a pair of different frame geometries. Alex fit frames, intended for cyclists with a long torso, have a longer and lower handlebar position in proportion to their body's shape and. The frames sport longer top tubes and shorter head tubes than Drew fit versions. Drew fit frames, intended for cyclists with longer legs, have a shorter and higher bar position in proportion with their body's shape. The frames sport shorter top tubes and taller head tubes than Alex fit versions.
Bicycles of the same model number - such as Alex DeGroot 1 and Drew DeGroot 1 - are identical top-to-bottom in their builds with the only difference being their respective frame geometries.
In this instance we're dealing with the Drew DeGroot 1 which denotes a double-butted aluminum frame and full carbon fork, a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset, and the Drew frame geometry. This bike features a shorter top tube and taller head tube than the identically spec'd Alex DeGroot 1 (item # FT-AD1).
- Double-butted aluminum frame is light, stiff, and strong
- Full carbon fiber fork with tapered head tube ensures superb handling
- Shimano Tiagra 4600 components are strong and reliable
- 50/34T compact crankset with 11-32T 10-speed cassette provides wide range of gears
- Replaceable hanger, external cable routing make for easy maintenance
- 3 bottle cage mounts, rack and fender mounts provide incredible versatility
- Clearance for 30mm tires
This product was added to our catalog on February 18, 2019