GRAVELIs it road...touring...commute...sportive...off road....or all of the above?!
What's the difference between all-road, gravel, gravel adventure and cyclocross? Or are they all the same, is it all in the name and interpretation?
So, what is a gravel bike and should you buy one?
Essentially a road race bike with bigger (33/35mm) tyre clearance, racier geometry and a tight (not particuarly low) range of gears. Flattened top tube for carrying on the shoulder. No provision for mudguards. Basically, to race on flattish fields for an hour = cyclocross.
Some of the above. Road endurance geometry to deal with longer distances. Lower gearing to cope with more aggressive terrains, mudguard capability (rack/mudguard mounts). All-road generally refers to a 30mm-ish tyre clearance, gravel 32-38mm and gravel adventure 40-45mm. All-road bikes are generally the lightest, the beefier gravel adventure bikes slightly heavier.
Orro Terra C full carbon | big tyre clearance | 1x11 drivetrain
Orro Terra C Hydro |aluminium | 2x11 drivetrain | 38mm tyre clearance
Focus Paralane |aluminium and full carbon variants | £1000 - £5000 | 30mm tyre clearance = all road/light gravel
Whyte Friston |aluminium | 1x11 drivetrain | 40mm tyre clearance
Whyte Dorset |aluminiuim | 2x9 drivetrain | 32mm tyre clearance | mens - Dorset, womens = Devon
Focus Mares cyclocross
Orro Terra Gravel |aluminium | 2x11 drivetrain | 38mm tyre clearance
Scott Speedster Gravel |aluminium | 2x11 drivetrain | 38mm tyre clearance