When Nikola Perego was bike shopping, his requirements included a bike at home on the road and the road less traveled. Ultimately, his research led him to Thomas Callahan of Horse Brand, who has been building bikes in Brooklyn, NY, since 2007.
Horse builds a handful of production lines and also works with customers on made-to-order projects. Perego’s do-it-all frame is the former, an Urban Assault Cyclocross frame, with stock sizing and Horse Brand’s SRAM Rival build kit.
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We took a closer look at Perego’s bike after the Barry-Roubaix gravel race.
The Urban Assault is a stock sized cantilever frame made of True Temper OX Platinum tubing, with Paragon Machine Works hardware and a paint-matched ENVE fork rounding out the Made in America package.
In the time since Perego’s frame was built, however, True Temper has ceased the production of bicycle tubing. To fill the void, Callahan has substituted a mix of Columbus and Veri-Wall pipes on current production frames.
The Urban Assault includes a paint matched ENVE cantilever fork with a straight 1 ⅛” steerer tube, which turns in an FSA external cup headset.
The build features SRAM Rival 10-speed components and cantilever brakes from Avid. To suit Perego’s do-it-all request, the solid forged Rival crankset features 50/34t chain rings to provide a road appropriate gear spread. SRAM Rival derailleurs were present front and rear, with a braze-on front derailleur mounted with help of an adapter.
Curiously, the rear derailleur was a short cage, which limits the use of wider cassettes, meaning Perego ran an 11-28t.
Further adding utility are Shimano T421 Click’r pedals, which combine a platform pedal with a light action SPD mechanism.
Perego’s bike rolled through Barry County on 32-spoke Alex Rims wheels with Panaracer GravelKing 32mm tires, which Perego said worked well in Michigan’s dusty conditions.
Stopping was a rim brake affair, with Avid Shorty 4 cantilever brakes front and rear.
The cockpit components were a mixed bag, with a Deda Zero1 RHM handlebar wrapped with black cork tape mounted on a Dimension alloy stem. Perego’s black Brooks B 17 saddle was mounted to an Easton alloy seatpost. To cover hydration, Perego brought two bottles in mismatched cages, with a Bontrager RL cage on the seat tube and an alloy wire cage on the down tube.
For more on Perego’s Horse bike, see the photo gallery and specs below.