Gravel bike is a term used to describe a road bike that is designed to be ridden on unpaved surfaces. This includes everything from packed dirt to loose gravel and even cobblestones. Gravel bikes usually have a wider tire clearance than traditional road bikes, making them capable of handling tires that are up to 2.
1 inches wide. They also tend to have a lower gear range than road bikes, which makes them better suited for climbing hills and riding on rougher terrain.
20 Best Gravel Bike For Road Riding
1. Vilano Gravel Bike with Disc Brakes, 14 Speeds, Road and Trail Bicycle Drop Bars
Introducing the Vilano Gravel Bike, a versatile adventure road bike hybrid is equally at home on both tarmac and trails. With 14 speeds, integrated brake lever shifters, drop bars , mechanical disc brakes and dual purpose 700x38c tires.
I like this bike; first it very lite and simple to put together once you take it out of the box. It comes very well pack; there wasn’t any damage to the bike during shipping. Once you get it out of the box you may have to adjust the front derailuer on the bike but it’s simple; they provided very good instructions.
If you are afraid to attempt on your own just take it to your local bike shop. NOTE: This bike do not come with a kickstand; I took it to my local bike shop and they installed one for 20 bucks. I would recommend this bike because it rides great.
I just received this bike yesterday (7/19/21) and took it out for a 22 mile ride today. I love it! So easy to assemble and I had no problems with the gears or brakes at all. I highly recommend this bike if your looking for a road bike.
This bike is so good! Also, the shipping is so fast. I bought a bike from another company then was told the bike was not in stock which led Me to find Road Bike Outlet! Super fast shipping! Thank you so much for this beautiful bike!.
I ordered a Vilano TUONO T20 2. 0 Aluminum Road Bike 21 speed 54 cm. The picture of the bike on your website was misleading because the bike I received is some other Vilano aluminum road bike 21 speed 54 cm.
I actually liked the one you sent me, even though it arrived pretty banged up. Like the rear derailleur and hanger were bent and scratched and the chainguard and other areas on the frame were.
The Kent Eagle Ridge is the latest in a street and trail machine, an Adventure Bike. It begins with a diamond shape steel frame for use on multiple terrains, rolling on high profile alloy wheels with oversized 700c by 40-millimeter tires to smooth out gravel paths and absorb the sting of potholes.
The 21-speed drivetrain features Shimano durable Tourney derailleurs and east action Revo twist shifters. Front and rear cable actuated disc brakes provide powerful braking when things get fast and keep you in full control regardless of the road surface.
Padded handlebar tape and comfortable Vitesse seat reduce fatigue and make long rides seem like short ones. Whether you’re commuting to school or work, out for the morning paper or off investigating your neighborhood, the Eagle Ridge has you covered even on those roads or offroads less taken.
if you are looking for a beginner road or hybrid bike, dont look at Kent bikes. i am not new to riding,but am new to disc brakes. received today. Fedex manhandled the box. all plastic gear covers split into pieces.
front fork bent. scratches all over. It took me 2 hours to assemble snd configure, due to both rotors being bent. This causes 2 problems. First, the brake pads rub on rotor as the wheels turn. This causes squealing/rubbing noise and greater resistance, where your effort to paddle becomes higher.
Second, it is impossible to get the brakes aligned properly, on both sides of the caliper. They just dont stop you. Looking at other reviews, the brakes and rotor design is very poor. This is an unsafe bike st speeds higher than 10mph on a road.
Called a local shop and was given an $80 quote to reassemble, true wheels, rotors and get brakes and gears working right. $40 for 2 new rotors. That makes it $243 (with tax) $120 = $363. My 15 uear old MTB Schwinn is superior in every way.
returning to store tmrw. That was $200. Going to wait and buy a bike from a shop in winter time to save money and maintain my old Schwinn for the fall season.
I’ve had my bike for a year. I was very excited for didn’t get a lot of time to ride. I have less than 20 miles in the bike when the screw holding derailer stripped. The derailer attaches directly to the frame and the derailer screws are specialized this makes the bike unridable.
I submitted a warranty claim and have not heard back from the company. It has been over 2 months. Overall the bike was nice to ride when it worked. Great for someone who wants to start riding a bike for exercise.
This bike came damaged. Walmart will not offer a bike replacement only a refund. I do not need a refund. I simply need the bike fixed. The rear hub is damaged, it makes noises. A new bike, a rear wheel replacement, or a hub replacement are the three solutions.
The hub replacement costs like $200. I will make a warranty claim with the manufacturer.
FEATURES Whether your goal is to escape on gravel back roads, far from cars and crowds, toe the start line at your first gravel race, or simply get the most versatile bike on the road or dirt, no bike is better than the new Diverge.
The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. It’s the ultimate getaway vehicle. SRAM’s gravel-inspired Apex 1 group shifts 1×11 gears smoothly on any terrain and Axis Elite alloy wheels with Pathfinder Sport 38mm tires add even more capability and versatility.
Our Premium E5 Aluminium frame provides a stiff, light, and durable platform. When mated to our full carbon FACT fork, the Diverge Comp E5 becomes a light, lively and versatile bike ready to attack any surface.
Speed, control and confidence – Future Shock 1. 5 is ideal technology for the gravel rider. With 20mm of axial compliance, Future Shock 1. 5 is progressively tuned specifically for gravel riding. This keeps you confident and in control, able to keep the power down and stay off the brakes over rough dirt roads and in thick loose gravel, all while keeping your hands, arms and neck fresh.
All this creates incredible confidence with a planted feeling in the dirt, while spec’ing shorter stems keeps the overall cockpit length the same and the steering lively.
The Diverge Evo is my first true modern bike: carbon and aluminum, geometry, 1x, and internal cable routing. I’m 5’8” with a true 32” inseam and purchased a medium. First issue is the seat it too high for me by.
5” with the taller 90mm dropper used on the 2022 model rather than the 50mm dropper used on the 2021 model. Second, the crank arms are too long and hurt my knees and hips. Third, the cable rattle is awful.
And lastly, might’ve been bad luck, but second time out on gravel within the first mile got a hole in the rear tire from gravel puncturing right in the middle of the tire. I have the bike set up with CushCore and tubeless with Stans.
I realized the hole because I and the entire bike got sprayed with the Stans, which sealed the hole and I was able to add air and finish the ride. But being on a well maintained gravel trail I’m quite disappointed the tires would puncture so easy from a piece of gravel.
I also find the bike topping out around 22 MPH for me on flat road and wouldn’t mind a smaller gear. The bottom bracket height is a major limiting factor to go on any single track, at least where I am, there’s always trees down and it is not tall enough and the pedal height is extremely low and would strike a lot on flowy sections with roots and rocks.
Other than the above, the bike seems to be built well and fit me well as far as stand over and reach. The Future Shock 2. 0 does a great job isolating rough surfaces and is one of the best features of the bike in my mind.
The color is really nice. To address the height, cranks, (and speed and pedal strike) I’m giving a 160mm 40 tooth crankset a try. This will shorten things by ~. 50”: seat height should be perfect for me with the full dropper, reduce the knee and hip articulation on the up, increase cadence and likely speed, raise pedal height, and the 40 tooth should give it more speed as well, albeit at the potential cost of climbing.
As for the cables, I used a cheap split mesh wrap for electrical cables and fed into the tube around the cables from the bottom and completely silenced it. By a point of reference I have a an almost mint late 1980’s or early 1990’s Diamondback Apex and the bikes are amazingly quite similar.
At this point the Apex with 26” wheels and 2. 1” tires is actually faster, around 25 MPH on the flat road and every bit (or more) fun to ride.
I’ve been riding this bike for about 3 weeks and 400km. I was statisfied with how it was assembled by Sigma Sports, the bolts were properly torqued, nothing came loose on the first ride, which is a relief compared to some other online bike shops.
The gear cables needed about 100 km to properly stretch and settle in, and during this time, they needed a few adjustments, but that is to be expected on internally routed systems. I also need to mention that my questions were instantly answered during the ordering process, I appreciated the kind service.
As for the bike – I love it. It’s my second diverge (I had a diverge 2019 sport carbon which got ruined in a major crash) and I was amazed at how much the geometry updates improved the handling on rougher terrain.
It still doesn’t like steep climbs on loose surfaces, not with the tall 31/34 bottom gear and semi-slick tyres, but these are much more manageable now that the front wheel doesn’t want to lift up all the time.
On unpaved / dual track roads, it’s a killer though, very stable and quick, and both the Future shock and the flexing rear seatpost help a lot to reduce fatigue on long gravel rides – which I do a lot.
I’d also like to point out at how blissfully auiet this bike stays even on rocky terrain. There’s just no rattling and chain slapping noise at all, and this gives a very good impression on the quality of this frame and groupset.
The only downside is the value for money. You can find better specced bikes, even with elecronic groupsets and carbon wheels for this price – Specialized bikes have brutal price tags these days. All in all, I’m statisfied whith this product.
I’d definitely recommend it, if you can swallow the premium price.
This is a fantastic bike. Personally, I love the design of this frame. But it’s not just a pretty bike, it’s also very clever and capable. I really like the suspension and it’s adjustability. And the SWAT storage is really convenient and I no longer use the seat bag that I used on my previous bike.
My one gripe is that I wish this had one more gear on the back to get some extra range on especially steep climbs. And maybe the Shimano GRX groupset instead of the Sram Rival, but I think that’s more personal preference than performance.
I want to eventually put on a Classified groupset system, but I have to save up a bit more for that. O, and I do really like the tires that this comes with, but they are focus on smooth rolling roads without much loose stuff.
Loose stuff get’s a bit slidey with these, but I appreciate the speed that I get on the roads. This is a great bike for road endurance with occasional, well maintained gravel. Maybe I’ll put on some bigger 650b wheels/tires for the really rough stuff, but again, money.
Overall, I do recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a single bike to do both road and gravel.
Checkpoint SL 5 is a carbon gravel bike made for epic all-road adventures. It’s built with lightweight OCLV Carbon, terrain-smoothing IsoSpeed, nimble-yet-stable progressive geometry, internal storage and loads of mounts.
All of that adds up to a rad gravel bike capable of crushing the longest, roughest rides and the most ambitious bikepacking trips.
Bought this early Feb 2021 and can’t speak highly enough of it. I spent ages researching all the gravel bikes around the £2k mark, reading all the reviews, watching videos, speaking to people in bike shops plus borrowing some friends’ bikes to try (incl Diverge) and eventually settled on the Trek – am very happy I did as it’s superb.
Very well kitted out (although tubeless tyres would have been welcome), very light, very fast and very versatile. Have been out on back roads, through woods, fields and tracks in all the winter weather and not had any problems at all.
the tyres are actually really great on a range of surfaces and the bikes has eaten up everything with ease. I had a mountain bike before so this is a big change – nice to be able to go further and faster but with the ability to get off road too.
Service was great from Sigma throughout – very knowledgeable and helpful, bike came within a week of ordering. just put the bars on, add pedals and off we go. Am a very satisfied customer.
The Cannondale Topstone Carbon 5 Gravel Bike is unprecedented. It’s rear suspension and fast-rolling 700c wheels offer unrivaled comfort, control, and speed from tarmac to outback. This bike features Kingpin, which is revolutionary, super-light suspension that lets you ride harder on dirt and more smoothly on pavement.
With it comes better traction, control, and comfort where nothing is sacrificed. It’s refined geometry and rider position deliver and experience that’s stable and composed with out losing any spark. There are also plenty of places to store gear and water, with a multi-position mount on the downtube, more on the top tube, and under the down tube with even more mounts on the forks.
The Cannondale Topstone Carbon 5 Gravel Bike has more to give so you can go further, ride longer, charge harder.
The Rove Gravel Bike features a Chromoly (CrMo) frameset that’s equipped with a Shimano Sora 2×9-Speed groupset and Tektro mechanical disc brakes while rolling on tubeless compatible WTB ST i23 wrapped in WTB Venture Comp tires.
Suited to any journey across tarmac or trail, this mixed terrain bike is a superb companion for cycling anywhere on Earth. Adventure Bike for Gravel Cycling and Commuting The Rove has become the go-to bike for people all over the world that are itching to just.
Affordable, spec’d just right, and easy on the eyes, the Rove makes quick work of the commute, gravel trail, or the after-work fitness lap on your local hill. The all-new Rove gets a serious makeover with a gorgeous Chromoly frame and Project Two Chromoly disc fork.
Running a 9-speed Shimano Sora drivetrain, Tektro Dual Piston disc brakes, and WTB rims and tires, the Rove is ready to roll. Kona Chromoly Steel Frame and Fork Very few materials offer as much shock absorption, durability and supple-ride characteristics as steel.
Kona has never strayed from cycling’s original material and has worked tirelessly to adapt, refine and innovate Kona Chromoly framesets as rider demands continue to evolve. Tapered Head Tube More girth at the bottom of the head tube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself and eliminating brake shudder, while providing confident steering performance.
The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered head tube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.
12mm Thru Axles 12x142mm, 12×148 and 12×157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142/148/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted.
For 2017, you’ll see the 12×148 Boost standard in the mix. Boost spacing provides more tire clearance at the chainstay yoke, while the rear wheel is stiffer and more durable relative to a 12×142 thru-axle.
Tubeless Compatible Rims Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance; the ability to run lower tire pressure, which provides better tire grip on the trail; lower rolling resistance; and weight savings over traditional tube and tire systems.
650b Wheels and Tires 650b wheels and tires have a similar overall diameter to a traditional 700c gravel or commuting tire, but with a smaller diameter rim and a wider, taller tire. The extra air volume in this new generation of urban and mixed-surface tires means they can be run comfortably at lower pressures while still rolling quickly on a variety of surfaces.
It’s the best of both worlds. Built, Tuned and Ready to Ride Rest assured that each bike is fully built and tuned by Wiggle’s team of qualified bike mechanics to ensure your bike arrives in perfect condition.
Find out which size fits you by clicking the size chart tab.
Pros: 650B wheels, third bottle/storage mounting point Cons: Mechanical brakes. I’ve only taken it for a short ride, but so far so good. I’ve envied the 650B wheels on my wife’s Dr Dew for some time.
These are significantly more comfortable than my other bike’s 700c 32mm wheels and, they take quite a bit of the harshness out of the road. That said, had I purchased this at full price, I’d give it 4/5* because of value.
The lack of hydraulic brakes is unfortunate IMO. Especially since, Kona’s equally priced Jake the snake has them equipped. The brakes on this bike aren’t bad, and should improve as the pads bed, but they are definitely lacking compared to the hydraulics I have on my commencal city bike.
The Cervelo Aspero GRX RX810 is aimed at all riders who want to get the most out of their gravel bike. The slightly sporty but comfortable seating position seat posture allow for a fast ride. High-quality GRX810 components and excellent manufactured frame complete the bike.
Sales people answered my questions and concerns. The brake cable concealed stem was a non issue for assembly and the AXS system made it even easier. The packing was perfect. I was waiting to convert to tubeless until some wheel tape arrived, but when I took the tires off they were already taped.
A call to the Reserve Wheels staff explained that all aftermarket wheels are taped. The valve stems came with the small parts box so I was tubeless in no time. All the manuals and paperwork were in the box….
Nice surprise from several recent bike purchases. I will use Mike’s again. The XPLR gearing is perfect for my riding style and location.
I had a terrific experience dealing with Erik’s for the first time, and the bike is terrific – but the rear derailleur hanger was bent badly in shipping and the bike was not packed as safely as I would have expected at all, sitting loose in a big cardboard box with some frame tubes wrapped in thin foam padding.
This would make me shy away from ordering a bike online to be shipped again for sure. Nothing like spending thousands on a new bike to avoid the hidden damage potential of a used bike, only to get a damaged bike anyway.
Will have to have a mechanic double check it everywhere to make sure there are no hairline cracks in frame, etc after obvious beating to the box and bike by FedEx. bummer.
This bike is as Cervelo says fast on gravel and on the road. The Panaracer Gravelking tyres are great for being able to do both gravel and road section, albeit they wont deal with real muddy conditions.
The bike is nice and comfortable to ride and the flared bars really let you get control on more technical and downhill sections. The AXS Groupset works fantastically, albeit on road you might spin out at around 45kmph.
I love the overall asthetic of the bike and the fully internally routed cables gives a really sleek look tot he bike. This bike won’t be for the gravel packer, but if you are after the holy grail of one bike to do it all this could be the one.
GRAVEL FROM THE GROUND UP Endless exploring, overnight adventures, rough backroads, and gravel trails, there are a lot of ideas about what gravel is. What isn’t in doubt is that a gravel bike needs to do them all with control, speed and comfort but above all with a thirst for fun.
Designed from the ground up for gravel, Terra isn’t a repurposed road bike or a slimmed-down mountain bike. Add comfort to your road adventures, finally discover where that dirt trail leads or let your trips spread overnight.
There is a wide world out there and Terra is ready to explore it with you. A MORE CAPABLE BIKE Gravel is a universe of different users and terrains. For that reason Terra is a complete platform with different models in aluminum and carbon, offering the most inclusive solutions that won’t leave anyone indifferent.
NEW TERRA H COMPANION FOR ENDLESS EXPLORING The aluminum version is your perfect companion for endless exploring and overnight adventures, offering the most versatility within our Terra family. Advanced hydroformed aluminum and optimized tube sizing maximize comfort for those long rides, while the integrated rear rack mounting points allow you to fit a variety of rear panniers.
Whenever you feel that need to escape, Terra H will be ready. WHAT MAKES TERRA UNIQUE CAPABILITY TERRA IS ADAPTABLE AND READY TO GO Clever integration and features adapt to your needs, and the extremely rideable gravel geometry is comfortable and precise no matter where you go.
The definition of Gravel riding may change by city, state or country, but Terra is adaptable and ready to go. TIRE CLEARANCE Multiple wheel and tire options allow Terra to go where regular road bikes can’t, easily handling tricky terrain and greatly expanding the ground you can cover.
COMFORT COMFORT AND CONTROL IN A VARIETY OF CIRCUMSTANCES. Angles and dimensions are considered carefully across a range of sizes to maximize rider comfort. Careful tuning of frame rigidity allows Terra to adapt to rough surfaces without losing its composure or draining your energy.
Terra is ready to take you where the trail leads. SEAT TUBE Using a shorter seat tube, with a slightly more relaxed angle, allows the 27. 2mm seat post to flex more. Additionally, Terra has material removed from the seat tube near the bottom bracket to carefully tune the rigidity.
Both these design features optimize vibration absorption and vertical compliance.
because i am very forgetful i forgot to ask sigma sports to send the bike with LH/front RH/rear brake configuration so after receiving the bike I couldnt ride it the first week or so, but having dialed the fit in and changed the wheels to something a bit comfier I went and took it out for a test ride that ended being 102 miles of mixed terrain (not on purpose, I had 28c GP5000s on them at the time lol) the bike itself was at home on gravel and on the bumpy roads of Kent.
The longer wheelbase means its not quite as responsive as a roadbike but the acceleration was very snappy and the frame was quite good at eating up the road buzz. The Di2 brifters for GRX were also surprisingly comfortable and i absolutely LOVE the new brake lever design which makes it a lot easier to brake than with the standard 105 shifters.
one star taken off cause the seat is the devil, and the wheels that came with the bike were meh. lastly, i know it says to avoid writing about customer service but 10/10 for sigmasports customer service, such lovely people all throughout and very patient.
They even included pedals and some hex keys which i think was a very nice touch.
A really great gravel bike. Done a few rides already here in Cornwall. A really good mix of trail and road. My only quibble is the tyres. For the money the bike should come with tubeless tyres fitted.
Got a puncture on my first ride so went and spent £100 going tubeless with wtb expanse 32mm. Rides very simmilar off road and rolls much better on road. I would recommend this bike. I have size XXL which fits me perfectly and I am 6 ft 7in tall.
Since I bought the bike a month ago I’ve ridden over 350kms. What better way to beat the lockdown blues. The time spent on the bike has mainly been on road, but with off road rambles in Epping Forest and Richmond Park.
This bike transitions from one surface to the next with ease. The frame is big and strong with smooth electric gear changes instilling in me a sense of confidence and comfort at any speed and in any environment.
I look forward to the Sigma 6 week service and so does the bike.
GRAVEL FROM THE GROUND UPEndless exploring, overnight adventures, rough backroads and gravel trails, there are a lot of ideas about what gravel is. What isnt in doubt is that a gravel bike needs to do them all with control, speed and comfort but above all with a thirst for fun.
Designed from the ground up for gravel, Terra isnt a repurposed road bike or a slimmed down mountain bike. Add comfort to your road adventures, finally discover where that dirt trail leads or let your trips spread overnight.
There is a wide world out there and Terra is ready to explore it with you. A MORE CAPABLE BIKEGravel is a universe of different users and terrains. For that reason Terra is a complete platform with different models in aluminium and carbon, offering the most inclusive solutions that wont leave anyone indifferent.
I bought this 16 months ago, to serve primarily as a winter road bike (in the north of England). It’s done right through 2 winters, riding 4 times a week. I actually prefer it overall to my Orbea Avant.
It’s very slightly heavier. However, it seems to be more agile and responsive generally, but most definitely on icy, muddy, wet Yorkshire lanes. It arrived on time, was well set-up and – with the additions of some pedals – on the road the next day.
Coming from other disciplines this is in effect my first drop bar bicycle. I am very happy so far. The bike has good details and equipment. I do however must say something about the paint job, that in some very small places leaves something to be desired, but this would be a production hiccup.
So far, it’s a great bike. Very agile and sure footed. Shifts well and is comfortable. No complaints. The copper color is very cool. Don’t drop the bike in a leaf pile you’ll never find it (camouflage).
Journeyer is Salsa’s workhorse road and gravel adventure machine. This versatile platform is a gateway to gravel riding. The confidence of its redesigned aluminum frame and carbon fork attracts mixed-surface riders while its cargo capacity appeals to bikepackers.
Journeyer’s fender mounts rack mounts wheel size compatibility and handlebar options suit riders seeking a do-it-all bike. 6061-T6 alloy frame Salsa Waxwing carbon fork with fender mounts Three-Pack mounts mid-blade rack mounts dynamo routing and abrasion-resistant plate.
If you are wanting a solid all-around bike this is a great choice! Going off what the previous reviewer said about having issues with the stock wheelset; I did get an email from REI that some of the spokes from the Journeyer series were de-tensioning quicker than expected and to take it in for a free trueing if it happened.
I paid attention to my wheels intently for the first couple hundred miles but did not notice anything but it was nice that I was notified about it. Speaking of wheels, this comes stock with the Washburn tires, which is great for tarmac/ pavement, but I ended up switching it out with more of an all-terrain tire so I could zip around on gravel more.
In my opinion the frame runs small by just a little, but it is not terrible. If you are able to try one out in person, I highly recommend it, but in-store inventory is a hit or miss these days. I really like the 1x drivetrain; however I can definitely see people who are getting into cycling wanting a wider range of gears.
This is a bike geared towards folks who have a little more experience and stronger legs and if that is the case, best to look for a bike with a 2x or 3x drivetrain. Before this review gets too long, I am going to quickly say the things I love about this bike.
The carbon fork with a lot of clearance, wide drop bars for control on dirt, the color (get compliments on it all the time), and the many spots for mounting gear (for bikepacking or very long day rides).
Side-note: the REI Link frame bag size medium fits like a glove on the frame! For a reference, I got the 55cm size bike.
I purchased this bike with the understanding that it is a fairly low end gravel bike. However the initial assembly and ongoing brake performance are sub par. Also be aware that this version of the Salsa Journeyer is the only one with quick release axles, not through axles.
I am hesitant to spend additional money on upgrading the shoddy brakes on this bike, as it may well be heading back to REI in short order. Bad: Initial assembly was terrible. I don’t who did what in terms of assembly (Salsa, the REI warehouse, or local REI) but it was bad.
Both front and rear brake calipers were a disaster of misalignment. The quick release skewers were improperly assembled (springs backwards, axle not centered). Even the bar end plugs were not properly inserted.
The bike was straight up dangerous as received. Also at pick up, no staff member at the local REI bike department could even tell me if the tires were set up tubeless or with tubes. Of the various pieces of misinformation presented, my favorite was that the Teravail Washburn tires were not tubeless compatible because they did not have a “TR” logo on them.
For the sake of accuracy, I should point at the included tires and rim are both tubeless compatible. I took the bike home and it immediately went on my repair stand for a quick once over. Based upon the number of observed issues, I took it back to REI the next day.
I simply was not going to spend my time fixing a bike that should not have been sold in the condition I received it. To their credit, the local REI did a good job of assembly on the 2nd try. The primary ongoing issue is the brakes.
The Tektro MD-C310 brakes are terrible. They don’t have enough stopping force to actually stop the bike. They won’t stay aligned. The front brake developed a persistent squeak at around the 15th mile ridden.
The front brake has a jerky grabbing pulsing feeling that is a bit scary. I have been trying to bed in the brakes since receiving the bike and they do not seem to be improving. Miscellaneous bad: Cheap, thin bar wrap that is poorly installed.
I don’t trust the QR skewers as one has already worked itself loose. The lowest gear is likely not going to be low enough for a lot of folks. Road vibration is noticeable from the aluminum fork and my hands start to tingle quickly (even at just 45 PSI in the tires).
The good – Comfortable geometry is exactly what I wanted. Nice high stack height and a reasonably relaxed reach for a 60cm bike. – Loads of mounting points. – The shift lever works fine as does the derailleur.
– Tires have been fine for pavement, gravel, and mild dirt.
The Salsa Journeyers are a really great frame that can take you pretty much wherever you might want to go (so long as you put the right tires on it). Just pick the component spec that suits your budget – IMHO, the Sora models are worth the $400 over the Advent ones for the superior components (e.
g. higher quality drivetrain, carbon fork, nicer hubs, etc. ). They have loads and loads of mount points for bikepacking or adventure gravel, but you could put some knobbier tires on for mellower mountain bike trails, or put some narrower slick tires on and you’ve got yourself an endurance-geometry road bike.
With compatibility for either 650b or 700c wheels, you can have the 650s for rowdier surface use and pick up a second set of wheels in 700 for road and chill gravel – and you aren’t swapping tires around.
One observation – take care on sizing; the measurements on these are a little unconventional so you may find yourself wanting a frame size that’s numerically larger than you’d ride with other bikes.
Named after one of the most iconic sections of coastline and Insta-inspiring gravel riding of the American West, the Marin Headlands embodies everything about this beautiful and rugged terrain. A full unidirectional carbon chassis is purpose- built for multi-surface adventures, be they short days or long weeks in the saddle.
The 1x specific construction of the frame means short chainstays that still fit up to 700x45mm/650Bx47mm tires, and paired with the longer top tube and shorter stems the bike takes cues from modern mountain bikes on technical off-road trail, while stillmaintaining a comfortable, fast, and efficient ride on flatter terrain.
Internal housing routing and tons of mounts on the frameallow you to fit the bike with anything from water and tubes, to a full custom frame bag from your favorite maker using the attachments found around the front triangle, while conventional rack and fender mounts can transition the bike into a capable winter commuter.
First and foremost, if in doubt, GovVelo. com was fantastic. with pricing, communication, bike prep, shipping and follow up. Well done!. The Marin Headlands 2 is a great gravel/adventure bike option.
The fit and finish detail on the carbon lay-up and paint is excellent. The component selection gives you white collar parts for blue collar prices. *Strengths as I see them: Full carbon frame, full carbon fork, GRX rear derailleur, shifter and hydraulic brakes, internal cables and a dropper post.
No toe overlap (w/CB Mallet 3 pedals) *Weaknesses as I see them: 1x only. Front fork thru axle nut not permanently secure in the fork leg, so it drops out immediately upon unloosening. keep your eye on it if fixing a flat in the backcountry, it’s small and easy to lose.
I’d also like the front fork legs to have three attachment points for bikepacking. I’d also like room for 700×50’s in the rear. the fork has plenty of room. *For reference, I’m 6’0″/33 inseam, so I was struggling with sizing not being able to throw my leg over the bike and test ride it and being in the range for the 56 or 59.
however, I went with the 56 and I’m fine with that choice. In hindsight, I don’t think the 59 would fit with a dropper post, because with the 56, I only have a thumb’s width of adjustability. *Overall, the Marin Headlands 2 is a worthy gravel, road, single-track bikepacking choice.
I have been riding this bike for a good few months now and I have nothing bad to say. Having had a very serious road riding accident earlier this year, I wanted to get off the road more. I ride mainly fire trails, but also road and single trail.
This bike handles all terrain really well and I have been surprised with how nimble it is on technical stuff. The dropper post comes in handy to protect the meat and potatoes. Only issue there is some wheel rub on the shoes, but that is expected when doing off road technical and tight cornering.
It is a quality build and looks great. I am a semi serious rider and enter a lot of gran fondo events on this bike I can maintain the pace of most groups. I recommended this bike. With Marin’s MTB heritage, it is built to handle off road well without too much sacrifice for the road.
I knew I wanted a gravel bike with integrated dropper, and made the sacrifice to go with a 1x setup, even though I really need an adventure geared 2x for steep jeep roads going to 12,000′ elevation in Colorado.
I bought a 38T ring to get lower gears for those types of adventures, and also bought a 11-36 cassette for more road riding with the stock 42 ring. I upgraded the wheels to DT Swiss CR1600, and mounted Maxxis Ramblers.
But really didn’t need to do all that as the bike is just plain fun to ride right out of the box. Biggest complaint is the shifting has never been great. It arrived with a loose derailuer hanger screw, and seems a bit out of alignment.
I purchased a new hanger from Marin, and will see if that does the trick. Selling my Tarmac as it just hasn’t been getting used since buying the Marin.
Born from the same ethos as the Gestalt series the Nicasio is designed to take you Beyond Road. These endurance models let you take any path you’d like whether it is on the asphalt or to a variety of off-road terrains.
Our Series 1 frames give you everything you need to tackle roads gravel and trails and our Series 2 frames up the game with lighter snappier tubing and premium features like thru-axles flat mount brakes and tapered head tubes for our full carbon forks.
The Nicasio is for the rider looking for something different and modern yet with traditional steel construction. Classic lines and CrMo frame tubes have the soul of a classic bike with the geometry and 700C x 30mm-40mm or 650B x 47mm tires to let riders handle any surface.
The first time I test rode this bike, I told the guy at the bike shop I’d just “take it around the block really quick” as I’d already taken a longer ride on a different bike and didn’t want to take up too much of his time.
When I got back to the shop, he told me he thought he was going to have to send someone out looking for me, I was gone so long. I didn’t even realize it. I instantly fell in love with this bike. It was a little expensive, though, so I wanted to sleep on it, and came back the next day to watch someone buying the exact bike I test rode, which happened to be the last in the shop.
That was about 17 months ago. I have searched high and low, near and far, looking for this bike in my size. Insane manufacturing and shipping delays have impacted most of the world’s products, but somehow this bike is one of the hardest to get your hands on (especially in your size).
I don’t know exactly why. So with that out of the way, let me tell you about the bike itself. I don’t know how to describe it any better than it feels like there is no bike there. It feels like I am riding nothing, and speeding down the road through some form of magic.
I’m not saying it feels like a cloud, or like air, more that it somehow melds into neither my body nor the road but somehow both at once, or neither. It is my dream bicycle. I don’t really remember my rides on it, just like I lost track of time when test riding it.
I seem to just disappear when I leave the house on it and after a pleasant teleportation process, arrive at my destination. Shifting is instant and confident. The wheels and tires are chunky enough that I’ll never slip into the train tracks (I live in San Francisco) but thin enough that I don’t feel like I’m riding a monster truck.
They’re soft and fast. The bars are flared, but not enough that you would notice without looking at them directly. The frame is quite light for steel, especially compared to my buddy’s Nicasio+, and absorbs vibration comfortably.
If you can’t tell, I love this bike. I didn’t know it was possible to love a bike this much. I deeply hope you can find one in stock and in your size, because I think everyone deserves to have an experience with a bike like I have with this one.
Contacted Jenson originally about the availability of the MARIN NICASIO+ 650B BIKE 2022 in 50 cm. They mentioned that it was on back order but date of delivery was TBD. I asked about the Marin Nicasio 700C bike in a 50 cm, and it was available.
The frame was identical with exception of color, I decided to buy it. Jenson worked with me on shipping the bike later as I was on vacation. Shipped out on a Thursday and arrived the following Thursday morning.
I opened the box to find a bike that was professionally packed with blow in foam bags protecting the wheels, cassette, crank. The box was a little worse for wear but that’s expected with UPS. I took it for a test ride and found that the shifting was off and needed some adjustment.
I chock that to UPS rough handling as they don’t know what handle with care or fragile means. Overall, I’m happy with the bike. Jenson gave me a great price as a returning customer, they upgraded the brakes to Tektro mechanical as opposed to the advertised Promax.
It’s a great ride for someone that used to road bikes and wanting to move to a gravel format.
The Surly Straggler is tuned for cross-over exploration on a wide variety of terrain conditions. It’s a day-tripper and a weekender. It’s a ‘rough road’ road bike, a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing, a utilitarian townie, a light-duty touring bike and an all-weather commuter.
I purchased this bike several weeks ago and have been ripping it on pavement, forest service roads and even single track trails. I’m amazed at the handling and comfort of the ride through it all! The simple gearing makes for less maintenance and more fun.
Although it is a “heavy” steel frame, it handles well and feels lighter than expected on tough climbs.
Warroad C Rival eTap AXS is the cure for the common road bike. The stiff, lightweight carbon frameset with Class 5 VRS and our endurance road geometry blends performance for spirited riding with comfort for long days in the saddle on any road surface — it’s our best bike for gravel and road riding.
Extra mounts on the frame and fork hold everything you need for long days out. Dual wheel size compatibility lets you run up to 700c x 35 mm or 650b x 47 mm wheels and tires, and SRAM’s Rival eTap AXS drivetrain feels superb and performs flawlessly, no matter where your wanderings take you.
The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category so you can dream up entirely new rides. It’s the ultimate getaway vehicle. With a premium E5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork the Diverge Base E5 delivers a fast confident and comfortable ride on road in the dirt and over thick gravel.
Shimano’s Claris 2×8 group gives a wide range of gears for any terrain while Axis Elite alloy wheels and Road Sport 35mm tires provide an efficient ride on pavement with the versatility for hard pack dirt riding.
Our Premium E5 Aluminum frame provides a stiff light and durable platform. When mated to our full carbon FACT fork the Diverge Base E5 becomes a light lively and versatile bike ready to attack any surface.
All this creates incredible confidence with a planted feeling in the dirt while spec’ing shorter stems keeps the overall cockpit length the same and the steering lively.
This is my second bike and I did my research this time however I did not realize specialized used such a horrible crankset the praxis alba. I’m not sure if they did this to save money or it’s because of the parts shortage.
I’m thinking maybe a little bit of both. Apparently praxis and other companies were sued by sram for using narrow wide chainrings so they started using this horrible wave chainring. I had to buy the new grx crankset that should have came with the bike in the first place.
Next time I’m just building a bike myself from scratch because you can’t really trust that you’re getting reliable parts anymore.
I took delivery the Diverge e5 base about a month and since then have adored it. This is my first ever new bike so no doubt may be a little biased but wow is this what a bike is meant to be like? The positioning and size of frame are spot on but are larger than road bike sizing.
The gears although Claris are slick – I did run into a small issue with rear gear selection but should be easily sorted. Lightweight and dependable I can’t imagine riding on anything else now.
The Allroad Model A/1 embodies the true notion of a more capable all-roads bike. Designed for gravel, dirt, pavement, mud, and all other types of adventure “roads. ” Everything has been intelligently considered and incorporated into an adventure machine you will not want to stop riding: weight reduction, more durable componentry, variable wheel size compliance, corrosion-proof inner and outer tube coating, and, most importantly, redefined superior fit and feel.
These advantages have been carefully engineered into one bike to provide for a ride feel that will drive you to roam farther across every terrain. The geometry of the A/1 enables the bike to be both a comfortable gravel grinder and an efficient and fast grand tourer.
Well-placed braze-on mounts make it easy to add on racks and fenders in front or in back for safe and dry commutes. The A/1 is perfect for riders who enjoy a wide range of riding and do not want to limit themselves to one category or bike capability, keeping their options VAAST.
The Model A/1 with 700c wheels and room for up to 42mm tires has been designed for riders who want the perfect blend of gravel capability without giving up anything on paved road group rides or their daily commute.
The 700c wheel size is good for faster rolling speed both on and off the tarmac. And, it is just a tire swap away from exciting off-road adventuring.
I anguished over buying a new gravel/cross bike for months before settling on this one. Glad I did! My original budget was $2000 but I read up on this bike and was sold on the last $500 being worth it.
The GRX components are great, especially the brakes. The hype around magnesium being smooth like carbon but sturdier seems very true to me so far. I’ve taken the bike on long gravel rides, long road rides, and some pretty hairy mid-Atlantic single track and it has handled it all smoothly.
It’s light but rides wayyy smoother than my old aluminum cyclocross bike. The fit might be a bit big (I’m 6’1″ and got the 56cm), but I moved the seat up as far as it would go on the stays and think it fits well for me.
I think the only downsides are some cosmetic stuff like the rear derailleur cables being held on with some type of zip tie after it comes out of the frame. I’ll chalk that up to it being from a new bike company and think that gives it some character.
Also would have been nice to have some color choice, but the red paint it comes with really pops. Also getting it from JensonUSA was great, the bike came well tuned and super easy to set up. Got across the country in about 10 days.
Light yet stable, naturally shock absorbing frame. The best parts are super smooth and positive. When steering @ a high angle I have to watch it because I find that one foot or the other can be in the way of the front wheel/tire.
The unmatched versatility of the 2022 Niner RLT 3-Star Gravel Road Bike gives its rider pure unfettered freedom and access virtually everywhere. Sprint from asphalt to cinder path swerve onto some singletrack cut across to a gravel road unspool a few miles hop a gutter cut through the alley and back into the bike lane.
Fun commuter / road / do everything bike. You can even use it to ride gravel. Handling is a little more relaxed than a purebred road bike, which – coming from a mountain bike – I like. The riding position is still quite low and stretched-out, though; I had to flip the stem to get more upright and comfortable.
I also like the multiple mounting points and the possibilities for adding racks, etc. I think if you were to go down to 28C tires or so, this bike would be just as fast as your standard road bike. This is my first steel bike, and I have to say – I like it! Only thing I would change is the color, but green was the only one available.
This bike is so smooth it is like riding a stick of butter down a grassy hill. Have owned it for 2 weeks now and it is flawless. Also the Jenson shipping process is very simple to unpack and get riding.
Only comment is for sizing, specifically stand over height read the specs on the Niner website for the RLT steel as they are different than on the Jenson site. I was between the 53 and 50cm sizes so I decided to size down to the 50 and it fits perfect for my 29″ inseam the 53 would have been too tall and after measuring the bike the Niner website specs are correct (for the 50cm at least.
) Great bike, smooth riding, flawless operation. Happy riding.
This bike is like riding a unicorn on a shark. Not only is it absolutely amazing it feels real. When you dream about how a bike should feel this is that. The ultegra group glides into your gear. the wheels grip everything and even works on down hill trails (wondered the wrong way but survived.
) I have been a bike mechanic for 10 years and upgrade all my bikes, but this bike needs nothing changed. (besides the color) if you want a gorgeous reliable bike that handles the world of adventures this is the bike.
If you want a cross/road/gravel/bikepacking bike I could not recommend anything else. I look like the biggest d bag riding this bike because i am grinning ear to ear cause the second i need it to bend or respond it does.
This bike will make you a better cyclist as it has synched up with my soul. go buy this or something close to this. tears of joy all day for every mile. its not a light bike but if you are not racing you will be just fine.
color is meh it grows on you but i will eventually get it painted.
GRAVEL FROM THE GROUND UP Endless exploring, overnight adventures, rough backroads and gravel trails, there are a lot of ideas about what gravel is. What isn’t in doubt is that a gravel bike needs to do them all with control, speed and comfort but above all with a thirst for fun.
Designed from the ground up for gravel, Terra isn’t a repurposed road bike or a slimmed down mountain bike. Add comfort to your road adventures, finally discover where that dirt trail leads or let your trips spread overnight.
There is a wide world out there and Terra is ready to explore it with you. TERRA IS ADAPTABLE AND READY TO GO Clever integration and features adapt to your needs, and the extremely rideable gravel geometry is comfortable and precise no matter where you go.
The definition of Gravel riding may change by city, state or country, but Terra is adaptable and ready to go. TYRE CLEARANCE Multiple wheel and tire options allow Terra to go where regular road bikes can’t, easily handling tricky terrain and greatly expanding the ground you can cover.
DRIVETRAIN COMPATIBILITY Designing our frame from the ground up gave us the opportunity to tackle a problem which exist in many gravel frames. Namely giving a range of drivetrain options without compromising tyre clearance.
COMFORT AND CONTROL IN A VARIETY OF CIRCUMSTANCES. Angles and dimensions are considered carefully across a range of sizes to maximize rider comfort. Careful tuning of frame rigidity allows Terra to adapt to rough surfaces without losing its composure or draining your energy.
A more affordable way to experience the frame that won GT the honour of Bike Radar’s 2020 “Gravel Bike of the year”. The clever frame is loaded with tech, like its “triple triangle” design. Floating seat stays connect to the toptube, giving them more vibration absorbing flex.
The seat stays are constructed from fibreglass and carbon fibre, balancing stiffness and comfort. The fork even has a few tricks, equipped with a flip-chip, you can customize your handling, choose between agility and smoothness.
Well spec’ed with a Shimano drivetrain and WTB tires, the Grade Carbon Elite is for the explorer in all of us. Light and strong carbon frame is nimble without being harsh, and comes ready to accept Di2 and a dropper, should you feel like customizing your bike Carbon fork uses a flip-chip at the axle to adjust fork geometry, changing the offset by 15mm and giving you handling options, from relaxed to more nimble Floating seat stays help smooth out the ride by absorbing road vibration Shimano 10-speed drivetrain uses a Tiagra derailleur up front, a GRX 400 derailleur out back, and brings it all together with GRX 400 shifters 46-30T chain rings and 11-34T cassette give you tons of mechanical advantage Shimano GRX 400 hydraulic disc brakes keep velocity under control Wide, ergonomic GRX shifters are easy to use on bumpy roads WTB Nano TCS tires are tubeless ready, have lots of plush volume (40C), offer great grip, and keep rolling resistance low Fabric Scoop Radius saddle is comfy and supportive in a variety of riding positions Ample mounting points on the frame and fork, leave lots of room for bottles and bags Removeable fender bridge gives you options Bikes are covered by MEC’s Rocksolid Guarantee and Bike Service Agreement.
Wanted a winter bike that could handle 21st century pot holed, filthy, flooded British roads and also what used to be called tracks but are now better than the roads. This bike is perfect. Fitted 35mm schwable ones which with the compliant seat stays gives a shock absorbing comfy ride.
Nice. Gearing is plenty for my ability, runs out at about 30mph down hill. Ten speed, so what? Hydraulic discs for wet dirty winter outings are necessary if you like stopping. Relaxed frame geometry adds to comfort.
Seems well made and external cables make for easier maintainence/replacement after winter battering. Added a crud catcher for frame protection. Obviously heavier and slower than my Canyon road bike but lots of fun and takes me places I wouldn’t take the Canyon.
Now the answer to the question ‘what’ s down that track’? is let’s go and see.
Fun bike! I’ve use it so far on many pavement and crushed gravel combination rides. Performs and feels great to ride. It makes you feel quick and you can create a lot of power with it. Tubeless setup is easy with the WTB rims and tires.
Highly recommend. GT knows what they are doing with Grade gravel bikes.
Performance, utility, and versatility–the Jari delivers them all. Designed to take on gravel races, light touring, bikepacking, or pretty much whatever you can throw at it, the Jari is a chameleon that seamlessly changes into whatever you need it to be.
Its long, slack geometry provides a stable and confidence-inspiring ride no matter what the terrain, allowing you to comfortably grind gravel or tackle tarmac all day long. Remember, the journey is the best part of the trip, and the Jari is the perfect traveling partner.
– Fuji A6-SL custom-butted alloy frame for low weight, strength, and reliability – C10 Carbon monocoque fork with tapered carbon steerer and water bottle mounts – SRAM Apex 1 1×11 speed components – WTB ST i23 Light TCS rims with Formula hubs – WTB Raddler TCS Tubeless Light 700x40c tires – Rack and fender mounts enhance versatility.
Love this bike. For the money it CAN NOT be beat. Bike feels a bit long for a 56. More like a 57 but measure a true 56. I am just about 5’11 and i put an 80 stem on and some bars with 20mm less reach and 15mm rise but i like a high bar and more upright and compact feel.
The 1x is cool but if you plan on touring the 46/30 version on the 1. 7and 1. 3 is an amazing offering. Almost no one is doing real adventure gearing at ANY price or offering front rack mounts. They all do 50/34 gearing and maybe a fender only mount, unless you spend thousands.
I love the 1. 5 but honestly i should have saved 200 and gone for more gears as i want to do some touring on this. Its my Florida bike so i am not worried. If the 1. 7 came with Spyre brakes like my 1.
5 i probably would have gone with the 2x just so i have a bigger big gear and a lower low. And tighter gaps on gearing. For an aluminum frame it is pretty plush and the rack mounts on the fork are awesome.
FuJI nailed it on geometry and options on this. A TRUE gravel adventure bike you can load up with tons of gear. At 22lbs for under a grand. wow. my 3 thousand dollar lynsky weighs about the same and i had to spend hundred to spwap out the 50/34 105 for a 46/30 crankset for touring low gearing.
I got a cheap carbon seatpost on the Jari to add a little more cush for my tush and it helped soften the ride further The Alloy frame is not harsh at all but not as plush as carbon or Titanium, but noticeably plusher than some of my othher but busting alloy rigs.
I think the curved seatstays help. If i fit some 42mm tires on it, it should be buuuuuttttteeeeerrrrr.
I’ve been riding the Palmetto Trail and forrest service roads in the Francis Marion National Forrest (SC) for a few years on a hardtail mountain bike. rode in a couple “gravel fondo” events on a mountain bike last year, wanted to try a solid, inexpensive, gravel bike.
The “Bicycling” review sealed the deal for me and “The House” price was right. Now with a haff dozen rides, 150 miles, I’m very pleased with the purchase, fit and ride comfort. As advertized, as expected.
A gravel bike is a great option for road riding because it is versatile and can handle a variety of terrain. It is also comfortable to ride and has a wide range of gears to help you tackle hills. If you are looking for a bike that can do it all, a gravel bike is a great choice.
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