The gravel bikes.
Where do they come from and to whom are they addressed?
Gravel bikes are a vehicle halfway between mountain bikes and road bikes.
They have qualities from both worlds, and cover needs that were not covered until their appearance.
It is a versatile bike on both roads and trails, which is the great advantage of this category. The rider is no longer limited to the conditions of the terrain, he can pedal with agility on both surfaces.
They can be confused with cyclocross bikes because of their aesthetics. In fact, the origin of gravel bikes comes largely from this type of bicycle of the twentieth century.
But cyclocross bikes are intended for competition, with geometries more adapted to experienced riders.
Gravel bikes, on the other hand, are bikes for the adventurous cyclist who seeks comfort in the position, and can be used on a daily basis for commuting as well as for long rides with luggage.
The ruggedness of gravel bikes is the key to a bike that is tough on challenging terrain.
The higher wheelbase and bottom bracket, lower than a road bike, give it stability and handling qualities in muddy terrain, loose sand or slippery floors.
They are also agile, fast and maneuverable bikes, due to their lighter weight than most MTBs (depending on models, manufacturers, etc.).
There has been a lot of talk by detractors of this category, which is nothing more than a trendy bike. Like all things that have great success, criticism always arises. This success among its users comes from the versatility of this type of bike, the feeling of freedom it generates.
To have your own conclusion, the best thing to do is to experiment pedaling on a bike of this type, choosing a mixed route, with roads, tracks, paths and slopes. I am sure you will discover sensations that other modalities have not given you.
Whether you are critical, passionate or unfamiliar with this modality, don’t miss the opportunity to ride a gravel bike.