Gregg's Cycles Guide to Gravel Bikes
Gravel bikes have been an exciting category in the bicycle world for a few years now but 2018 is the year that we see these bikes go mainstream in a big way. Now folks can find gravel bikes in the catalogs of all major bike brands in carbon, aluminum, and steel. With all these options available it's never been a better time to get out and explore the path less pedaled.
Gravel bikes are designed for racing, adventure, and every dirt road in between. Gravel bikes have larger tires to provide a stable comfortable ride when going off road, but frame geometries and materials are designed to preserve the efficiencies of road bikes to keep you riding all day. These bikes also have multiple attachment points for racks, fenders, and bags. All of this versatility also makes these bikes the perfect around town commuters with a just few simple modifications.
Whether you are looking to try gravel racing, embark on a weeklong bike-packing expedition, or simply build the best possible commuting bike, a gravel bike is the way to go. We have a highly knowledgable and experienced staff happy to help and with models from Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, and Surly we have the right bike for you!
Diverge has been designed from the bottom-up to be a fully-fledged exploration machine. Equally adept at crushing dirt climbs as it is to cruising to the coffee shop or hopping into a local group ride. And while it might sound cliché in a landscape of bike claims chocked full with hyperbole, the Diverge truly is one bike that does it all.
Checkpoint is the gravel bike for the longest days, roughest roads, and biggest adventures. It’s light, fast, and spec’d with parts that stand up to the most rugged terrain. Disc brakes, ample clearance for a wide range of tires, comfortable yet responsive geometry, and massive potential for customization let this bike adapt to everything from gravel racing to winter exploration.
Topstone is pure gravel goodness. With its high-volume tires, confident rider position and sporty handling, it is ready to smash out big miles on the backroads, explore routes less traveled, or smooth out the chop on your morning commute. Cannondale's decades of aluminum expertise deliver a frame that's light, efficient and oh-so-smooth, while a full carbon fork with tapered steerer and a 12mm thru-axle provides light, comfortable and precise-steering front end. Topstone shares similar stack and reach measurements with Cannondale's Synapse endurance bikes, for a confident and sporty riding position.
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