GRAVEL ROAD - WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Adopted out of the cyclo-cross discipline of racing, gravel-road has come a long way in becoming its own unique genre of cycling. This explosion on to the road cycling scene has seen every major player in the market producing a gravel-road bike of some description for the 2016 season. Lets us take you through some of our favourite ‘go-anywhere’ speed machines.
The Adventure Mentality
Picking The Right Gravel-Bike For You
With many options on the market it can seem a little confusing. Let us guide you through some of the best bikes and kit on the market to take you on your next cycling adventure.
WHYTE SAXON CROSS TEAM 2016
GIANT TCX SLR 1 2016
Giants contribution to the gravel-road influx is the TCX, an aluminium frame geared slightly more towards the cyclo-cross scene. However, thanks to a clever design from Giant, the TCX SLR 1 has great potential as an adventure/gravel-road bike. With a slacker head angle and a slightly longer wheelbase then Giants endurance road bike offering, the TCX does well over the wide-open dirt roads as well as tight, technical situations. Equipped with a mix of Shimano Ultegra and 105, shifting is kept smooth and efficient and the mechanical disc brakes deal with braking over rough surfaces well.
CANNONDALE CAADX 105 2016
With a mentality of adventuring on the weekend and commuting on Monday, the Cannondale CAADX 105 has versatility running through its veins. Much like the Giant TCX, the CAADX sits more towards the cyclo-cross race bike end of the spectrum, however, thanks to the geometry and spec of the bike, it is very much suited to gravel-road and adventure cycling. As an option for the faster, more aggressive rider, the CAADX is ideally suited.