Why a Gravel Bike May Be Your Next Road Bike

Posted on January 24, 2018. Posted in . Tagged as Buyers Guides Events, Featured Posts, New products

Besides E bikes, Gravel bikes are the big craze in the bike industry right now. The adds show the young and adventuresome roaming dirt roads, having the times of their life. In truth, a gravel bike is so much more than just a dirt road bike. Rack and fender mounts, endurance geometry, disc brakes, and clearance for big tires make for a very versatile bike, add light weight and stiff carbon fiber to the mix and you get something very interesting. Most people love the looks of the big fat tires on a sleek road frame, and honestly, if you aren't racing, this is probably the bike for most of us. Think of the gravel bike a s a modern radonneur or long distance bike. Light enough for spirited group rides, yet comfortable enough long, we mean really long rides. We have long argued that endurance road bikes should be more relaxed and clear 32mm tires. The gravel bike is a more relaxed endurance bike that clears 32 mm tires and larger, so why wait for the industry to catch up.

If you are looking for a bike to use for commuting, bike packing, dirt road riding, endurance, or light touring, the gravel bike says, "Yes!". It will happily do any these things with little to no modifications. Forget owning a cross bike, road bike, and touring bike. This one does it all.

 

One of the sexiest gravel bikes is the Parlee Chebacco. It's crazy light and comes with fender mounts, adjustable fit, custom paint, and a variety of build kits. This one is with stock paint and a Ultegra build kit for $4000.

The ultra light weight carbon fiber is the soul of the Chebacco.

Fender mounts, 12mm thru axles, and super reliable DT Swiss wheels

We put 32mm Conti road tires on the Chebacco, but it will clear all the way to a 45mm .

On the more affordable side, we really like the Scott Speedster and Speedster Gravel. They feature alloy frames, carbon fiber forks, Tiagra or 105 builds, rack and fender mounts, and a price tag of just $1199 for the Tiagra build and $1599 for the 105 bike.

On the more affordable side, we really like the Scott Speedster and Speedster Gravel. They feature alloy frames, carbon fiber forks, Tiagra or 105 builds, rack and fender mounts, and a price tag of just $1199 for the Tiagra build and $1599 for the 105 bike.

It is no secret that we love the Bianchi Allroad. Available in Tiagra for $1699 and 105 for $2099. These alloy bikes feature full carbon fiber forks, 12mm thru axles, rack and fender mounts, and clearance for 45 mm tires

The Bianchi Allroad has both rack and fender mounts.

The Scott Addict Gravel bike is oriented more towards speed and performance, making it an excellent road bike, as well as an off road bike. The Addict features a high performance carbon fiber frame set, endurance race geometry, fender mounts, and room for 45mm tires.

The stock Schwalbe G One tires will be great both on and off the road.