Skip to Main Content

Buyer's Guide to the Premium Gravel Experience

May 11, 2021


First things first: your Obed is awesome. In fact, it’s beyond awesome. The Obed Boundary gravel bike has become one of the most sought-after gravel bikes on the market today, thanks to its versatility, weight, and price. Whether you’re riding for fun or racing for the win, The Obed Boundary ticks pretty much all the boxes.

Almost all of ‘em.

As devil’s advocate, we throw one other consideration out there: titanium. That wonder material that some folks out there simply adore has a fervent following. And our sister brand, Litespeed Titanium, is widely regarded as the premier builder in the category. So allow us to not upsell you on titanium, but rather side-sell you. Being a completely different material, a titanium Litespeed is about as complimentary to your existing Obed ride as it gets. (Because as everyone knows, your bike quantity is always N+1.)



Both your Obed Boundary and Litespeed’s full range of gravel bikes are designed and engineered in America. But Litespeed has a legacy of building its bikes out of its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee using globally sourced premium materials. For many, that means something special.



Litespeed isn’t called that for nothing. Litespeed titanium tubing is referred to as a wonder material, because it’s superlative in so many ways, but weight is right at the top of the list, on a magnitude comparable to carbon fiber. For an alloy, it’s remarkable in that regard.



A carbon fiber Obed Boundary has been designed with the ability to be constructed with specific ride characteristics; stiffness at the bottom bracket for when you’re climbing, vertical compliance when riding over chattery gravel. It has a remarkable capacity to tailor the way the bike handles.

But so too does a Litespeed Titanium bike. Not only do Litespeed’s framebuilders have the ability to shape the tubes to deliver targeted ride characteristics like an Obed, titanium has a metallurgic grain structure that allows the material to be shock absorbent in a way that is unique in cycling, while remaining “lively”—a catch-all term that refers to the bike’s steering handling and pop when accelerating out of saddle. Many say it has the ride chatter attenuation and handling feel of steel—a huge selling feature of steel bikes—minus the weight of steel. A titanium ride, when well-engineered, is a thing of beauty. Especially in the late hours of a big ride or race. For many, this is the one centerpiece feature that has folks in carbon coming over to the ti side; it’s just a wonderful (some say soulful) ride feel that enhances the ride.



Titanium has a wonder that makes it alluring to the aircraft industry, jewelry industry and of course bikes. Because it doesn’t corrode, Litespeed titanium bikes won’t rust.  With repeated wet riding through creek crossings or along salt air coastal trails, ti won’t back down.

Another advantage comes with repair. Whether it’s a crash or an unfortunate interaction with your garage when forgotten on top of your car, a titanium bike can generally be repaired without affecting the strength or safety of the bike.




Here, Obed may have the advantage on its face (An Obed Boundary and Litespeed Watia, for example, with the same component build and wheelset specification, will vary by $1,300. But when you consider the above categories (lifespan, construction), some things are just worth the price.

Ready to ride ti? There’s but one brand to consider: Litespeed Titanium. Give the Litespeed site a surf and see if your next ride becomes the perfect complement to your Obed.

Also in Stories

Transcordilleras: Cycling through Colombia's Andes
Transcordilleras: Cycling through Colombia's Andes

March 08, 2024

OBED athlete Austin Sullivan embarked on the formidable Transcordilleras journey in Colombia's Andes. Spanning 620 miles over 8 days, this challenging adventure wove through breathtaking landscapes, fostering connections and unforgettable experiences along the way.
Prepping for Unbound XL with Austin Sullivan
Prepping for Unbound XL with Austin Sullivan

February 29, 2024

So, you're gearing up for the XL, huh? Recently, I've had a couple of friends reach out about equipment and how to best prepare. I've responded to them individually, but I thought it would be more convenient to condense my advice into a single post. This isn't a completely comprehensive list, but it covers some key highlights to consider, even if you're starting at the Unbound start line for one of the shorter distances. Let's dive in.
From Sea to Sky: A Bikepacking Tale
From Sea to Sky: A Bikepacking Tale

October 05, 2023

The area above San Francisco has always been a place that keeps drawing OBED ambassador, Mike Pham, back. When it came to choosing his next bike-packing adventure the destination was a no-brainer...

OBED Exclusive

Size Guide

View our size charts below to see what size is best for you. After purchasing your new OBED, our product team will reach out to you to confirm your order and sizing information to be sure you have selected the optimum size.

If you're on the border of two sizes, the right size may depend on certain body measurements and your riding style. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding sizing questions - our product specialists are experienced with finding riders the right fit by cross-referencing your information with our fit database.  

If you're not transferring measurements from a similar bike, to get completely "dialed in" for maximum performance, we recommend you see a reputable professional bike fitter that can fit you to your new bike.

GVR / Boundary / Baseline / Borough Size Chart


5'1" - 5'6"


5'4" - 5'9"


5'7" - 5'11"

5'10" - 6'2"


6'1" - 6'5"


Seclud Size Chart


5'3" - 5'8"


5'7" - 5'11"

5'10" - 6'2"


* Sizing to be used as reference only