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Gravel Bikes...........anyone got a new(ish) one..........any thoughts ?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Dave7, 10 Feb 2018.

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  1. Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Sadly Old Father Time will just not leave me alone.
    I have a nice Giant carbon road bike and a decent Giant hard tail. But as I get older I am thinking............swap them both for a good quality gravel bike ???
    As they are still developing I just wonder what other CCrs think of the latest models.
    Spec' seem to do a decent range, some in carbon.
     
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  2. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    The term "gravel bike" just sounds like a load of marketing spin to me. Any bike with robust tyres is capable of travelling on gravel surfaces. You don't need a specific genre of bike. What's next, a "lawn bike", in case you want to ride over some cut grass?
     
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  3. marzjennings

    marzjennings Veteran

    Grass track bikes predate gravel bikes by a long way, you can still find the odd lawn bike for sale...

    http://www.cycleexif.com/townsend-grass-track

    https://www.velodromeshop.net/grass-track-bikes/
     
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  4. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    What's the budget?
     
  5. colly

    colly Re member eR

    Location:
    Leeds
    Gravel Bike. Yep a catchy marketing term. However they do seem to fit the bill for someone who want's a bike to do almost everything.
    You could say :

    Road bike............................add fatter tyres and it will be fine on rough and rutted tracks.
    Cyclocross bike.................what's wrong with an ordinary bike with fatter tyres with a bit of tread? It'll be fine.
    MTB.........................................slap on some slicks and the road is your oyster, it'll be fine.
    Downhill................................use your MTB it'll be fine.
    Time trial bike..................just lean down a bit and it'll be fine.
    Tourer..................................bolt on a rack to your racer and it'll be fine.

    Exept of course it won't. Each would do the job but it would be lacking so much.

    I don't race, so why do I need a really fast road bike but I do like to go as fast as I personally can, I don't climb mountains or go cross country but I would sometimes like to. I. so far haven't toured, but I expect and hope to be doing so in the not to distant future.

    I might conceivably like to ride fast on a touring holiday that would take me off road .

    Maybe I am just coming up with arguments for convincing myself that buying that n+1 is in fact essential and being a 'do-it -all' bike it is the most essential bike of all.^_^^_^^_^
     
  6. Regulator

    Regulator Not a SPM snowflake.

    I have a Pinnacle Arkose 2 from Evans. Sold as a gravel/adventure bike. A cracking bit of kit. It can be used for lightweight touring/bikepacking as well as exploring the local bridleways and byroads.

    Ignore the ‘you only need one bike’ naysaying nancies...
     
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  7. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Location:
    Wirral
    Gravel bikes are not new. 650b is an old wheel size, go for it Dave.
     
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  8. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 61: old body, head still feels the same. Staff Member

    It's all blurred niches to my mind.

    Great niche I think - something like a Focus Paralane looks like an ideal bike for me.

    I've looked at the Specialised adventure bikes and they are a heck of a price for the spec' with £2k getting you cable operated discs whereas Trek/Cube/Focus/Whyte get full hydro's for significantly less.
     
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  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    It is, i reckon. Sub genres of genres.
     
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  10. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    Gravel bike/ A fancy name for a tourer.
     
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  11. Andrew_P

    Andrew_P In between here and there

    I am with @SpokeyDokey One of the higher end Parlane I wouldn't mind having a try of pretty sure I saw a full eTap one 2017 model for 3500 reduced from £5750. Mudguards, quite light varying tyre sizes and Hydro discs

    I would aim for what appears to be the middlish ground like the Paralane as much for the road as for gravel.

    Anything that's doesn't take Guards should be discounted.

    I mean whats not too like?

    paralane_105_greencopy.jpg
     
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  12. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

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    Accra, Ghana
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  13. colly

    colly Re member eR

    Location:
    Leeds
    Hmmm ?

    Wessex One.jpg
     
  14. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    I use my Grade very effectively off-road. I keep thinking I will turn up to an MTB ride on it one day and give the hardcore mountain bikers a run for their money!
     
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  15. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 61: old body, head still feels the same. Staff Member

    Road bike not a gravel bike.

    Proper nice looking piece of kit though.