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R+IconR+ V.3 Road, Cross, Gravel Expanded

The R+ V3 from Why

Never look at any dirt road the same way

The R+ extends the limits of what other drop bar bikes can do. The Why engineers optimized this bike for use with 700x40c tires, but gifted it with clearance for 700×46 or 27.5×2.1” wheels. The R+ is extremely versatile: it’s at home on gravel roads and long pavement rides where comfort is paramount. However, don’t let that deter you, speed demons. This bike can hold its own on the cyclocross race track and rides like a jaguar for those of you that want to slap some slick road tires on for super-fast fun. Pair the option to run an internally routed, common size 31.6mm dropper post on this two-wheeled beast, and you’ll be blown away by where the R+ takes you. Would you like to see some custom built R+’s?  Click Here.

Beauty at every angle

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R+Frame-OnlyR+ Frame Specs

Headset – Integrated standard 42mm upper cup, 52mm lower cup
Bottom Bracket – Threaded 68mm BSA standard
Axle Spacing – 12mm x 142mm
Dropouts – 12mm Thru Axle, 1.75mm thread pitch, replaceable hanger
Bottle Mounts – Bottle mounts on seat tube, top of down tube, bottom of top tube and the bottom of downtube. Third bottle hole mount on downtube for accessory mounting
Rack Mounts – All standard rack and fender mounts
Seatpost – 31.6mm
Seat clamp – 34.9mm
Brake Max – 160mm rear, Flat mount standard

R+ geometry

The R+ has a few unique geometry features. Mainly, the bottom bracket drop and the reach. The BB drop affects how a bike corners and, combined with chainstay length, affects it’s stability. On the R+ the BB drop is just slightly more than other similar bikes out there, giving it a more stable, comfortable feel, yet making cornering feel more precise when initiated by the rider. The reach is slightly longer than similar bikes, which eliminates some toe-overlap (hitting the toe on the front tire in tight corners) and also optimizes handling by stealing some tactics from the mountain bike world- wider bars and shorter stems.

Because Titanium is Magic

We make our bikes form the best materials possible for the terrain we ride. For now, that means titanium, but we’re not stopping there stay posted. We use the highest quality Grade 9 3/2.5 titanium for our frames’ tubing, and 6/4 titanium for the head tube, bottom bracket shell, and machined bits all over the frame. The wonder material has so many excellent ride quality attributes: 43% lighter than steel, higher strength-weight ratio than aluminum, significantly more resistant to crash-damage than carbon, and the best vibration damping properties of all three listed here. We think you’ll agree that we achieved our goal of creating titanium frames with a modern twist by engineering guided internal cable routing, stealth dropper post routing, integrated headsets, and threaded bottom brackets. For riders who want a high-end, comfortable, fast bike built to last a lifetime, we believe a properly made titanium frame is the best option.

The Why Bikes


At Why, we believe in our products. If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you can return your Why for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.  Of course, we ask that you respect this policy (no purposely buying a bike for a long term “rental” allowed!)

Further, we offer a lifetime warranty to the original buyer on all Why frames. This is a straightforward warranty policy- basically if you use your bike for what it was intended, and the frame ever fails due to a manufacturing defect, we will replace it for you for free. 

And, to top all of that, we offer a lifetime crash replacement policy. If you crash your bike and damage it, or if you drive into your garage while forgetting there was a fresh new Why on the roof of your car, we will work with you to offer you a replacement frame at a very low cost. 




There’s nothing better than pedaling up a mountain, cruising along backwoods dirt road, or flying through a flowy dirt jump line. We’re proud of our handmade, uniquely rad bikes that we know you’ll love. We sell bikes directly to you from our website here, promising to offer you the best experience possible when buying, receiving, and, most importantly, riding your new Why. You can rest (and pedal) assured that we designed, tested, manufactured, and built your bike to the highest possible standards throughout the bike industry. We only create bikes we want to ride, and we stand behind our products with a no-questions-asked return policy and a straightforward, legitimate lifetime warranty and crash replacement policy.  Peruse our site or give us a call – we’re always here to help you find the bike of your dreams and explore the unknowns around the corner.