Otso is the most respected animal of the forest in Finnish mythology and symbolizes strength and courage. Otso Cycles named for this magnificent creature is made up of a team of engineers from Wolf Tooth Designs. They are based in Burnsville, MN.
Recently, Otso Cycles released the Waheela C gravel-grinding beast. A couple of weeks ago, a medium gloss red, Waheela C showed up on my doorstep. Bryon had it put together quickly and ready for me to ride.
The C in Waheela C stands for carbon, this make the bike a light 20.6 lbs! The components of the bike include a Lithic full carbon fork, with a 15mm thru axle, a Wolf Tooth Precision headset, Shimano 105 drivetrain and brakes, Lithic Cordundum aluminum drop bars, a 6061 aluminum stem, 6061 aluminum seat post, a WTB custom Otso seat, and a DT Swiss C 1800 SPLINE 100x15mm front wheel and 142x12mm rear hub spacing.
I received two sets of tires to test with the Waheela C. The first set was 29×2.1. The front tire is a Schwalbe Racing Ray and the rear tire is a Schwalbe Racing Ralph. The other tire set up I will be testing on the Waheela C are 700c x 38mm Schwalbe G-one’s. The Waheela C is designed for multipurpose riding options including single track, gravel roads, and road riding, depending on what tires are utilized. This is why I will be testing the bike with these two setups.
I’ve taken the bike out a few times on gravel roads near our home in Teton Valley. The bike is comfortable to ride and quick to respond. I will be testing this bike over the next couple months on longer rides in the greater Yellowstone region’s gravel roads, local single and double track and rail trails in the Midwest. Look for a review of both the 29 x 2.1 setup and 700c x 38mm set up in the coming months.