Well, it has been a while since I added a new category of bike to my blog. While I focus on mountain biking, this new category of a bicycle is actually a close relative of the mountain bike and certainly one each cross-country or mountain bike enthusiast should consider – or at least I believe – should evaluate.
What are Gravel Bikes? In a summary – they are a combination of a road bike and a cross-country one with some elements ‘borrowed’ from the mountain bikes as well. Turns out there are plenty of gravel roads out there – I certainly have come across them in pretty much every US National Park – just earlier yesterday I published a brief summary about two good bike friendly National parks – Acadia in Maine, and Zion in Utah – and surprise, both of them offer miles and miles of gravel roads to enjoy and explore.
What else is special about the Gravel Bikes?
- Relaxed posture / frame geometry
- Hydraulic disk brakes
- Longer wheel base (to go with the relaxed geometry)
- significantly increased tire clearance – to be able to navigate in a stable way obstacles you will encounter on the gravel roads
I am going to start building the database of manufacturers offering the Gravel Bikes and as usual structure that via the Bike Reviews option on this blog. The Gravel Bike category is already live – you can follow the link to it. Next will add the manufacturers like Salsa with their Warbird model, Raleigh, GT to name a few. So check the blog out soon again.