Founded in 1909 by the Beistegui brothers, Domingo, Cosme and Juan, Spanish brand BH (Beistegui Hermanos) initially manufactured weapons. It radically changed direction in 1926 to build an altogether more peaceful product, the bicycle.
In 1935, the brand was involved as sponsors of the first Vuelta de España. One of their Team BH riders, Gustaaf Deloor, won that inaugural race. Something the Belgian did again, the following year.
Like most European legacy frame brands, BH’s business was mainly commuter and recreational road bikes. And some high-end pro racing and the odd cyclocross bike.
In 1984, BH produced their first mountain bike and recent years, they've supplemented the cyclocross models with a range of gravel bikes featuring frame geometries designed for long rides with comfort and stability top of mind.
BH's latest gravel travel product is GravelX Evo series, one of which is the subject of this review. Our test bike was the GravelX EVO 3.5.
For the GravelX EVO's carbon frame and fork, BH has uses the same Hollow Core Internal Moulding tech carbon employed in their lightest road and mountain bike frames.
A wide 86.5 mm bottom bracket box – a BH standard – adds to the overall frame stiffness. The asymmetric shape of the GravelX EVO's rear triangle chainstays are designed for better chain alignment and integration of short gear ratios.
Being stiff and light always makes for a snappy and responsive bike. That said, BH has balanced agility with a more comfortable frame geometry that features a tall head tube and a relatively slack 71- to 72-degree steering angle. The result is a more upright riding position and longer wheelbase, which is great for overall tracking stability.
Attached to the carbon fork's steerer tube is a short 80mm BH SL stem, which suited my 1.83m height and made for a comfortable position on the bike.