Mine is as fast or faster than my road racing bike, better on gravel than any “gravel” bike, and also makes a better commuter than any “commuter” bike. That is why we coined the term all-road bikes and don’t call them ‘gravel’ bikes. 1. This is the very first time when I had the opportunity to test at the same time 4 very interesting gravel bikes. I notice the extra weight of wheels and frame. I’m still learning how to ride this bike. (Some riders prefer the more stable feel of bigger wheels and tires. The particular gravel bike I had was too long and slack. These are questions we’ve pondered as gravel bikes have risen in popularity, and something we wanted to answer while at our inaugural Field Test in Sedona, Arizona. A gravel bike will of course still allow you to conquer terrain that sits at either extreme of our scale, but arguably it’ll need a change of tyres or wheelset in order to excel at one or the other. Believe me, if I thought a racing bike on 28 mm tires was faster than my randonneur bike with 42s, I’d have ridden that in Paris-Brest-Paris. More information about the book is here. However, if I am riding in a fast group at my limit I find I am much more likely to get dropped when it gets hard. Some of the climbing segments are faster. The solution is simple: Use smaller wheels and lightweight tires, so the rotational inertia is the same as on a good racing bike. There is no reason why a gravel bike couldn’t use the same riding position as a racing bike (above). I changed it for a road frame with the opposite geometry (Trek Emonda – very steep and short) as an experiment. I only took up cycling in my mid-60’s – and came across your early posts on the benefits of wider tires and became a convert running the widest possible tires on my Synapse. And I know I’m faster on a lot of rough descents, passing people on 40mm tires pumped up to 85 psi because they want low rolling resistance…. The cornering is quick, precise, and great in the wet. For them, ultra-wide 700C tires are a great choice.). Thank you for sharing the observation. Let’s put them on all-road bikes, where they’ll have more fun than on (slow) mountain or (uncomfortable) road bikes. Pick what, how, and where you want to ride. Rather than trying to fill the garages of those who already ride, we should bring potential cyclists into the sport. From there, a narrower drop handlebar further reduces your frontal profile compared to the wide flat handlebar of a mountain bike. Light; but, as I found, carbon is fragile. Still, whether a gravel bike or hardtail is best for you will always depend on how and where you ride, and what matters most to you. Better yet, we could link up different types of terrain efficiently and still enjoy the connecting road elements. I run moderate aero wheels with 28mm tyres. Gravel and Cyclocross Bikes Check out our amazing range of cyclocross bikes at Evans Cycles if you are after unrivalled versatility in a no-nonsense, traditional package. All our testing indicates it comes out to the same in the end. So often we joke that gravel bikes are just old mountain bikes from a time that’s now in the rearview mirror. Simply put, the better your tyre choice is for off-road use, the worse it’ll perform on smooth terrain. Or do gravel bikes truly fill a gap in the market that the progression of mountain bikes has left empty? on Youtube. I’m surprised that the bike industry is turning its back on these would-be cyclists. We know that with the same casing and tread rubber, wide Rene Herse tires roll as fast as their narrow cousins (at 22 mph/35 km/h). Yes heavier bike is slower. There’s also complexity in preventing the suspension from soaking up rider energy over smooth terrain, something that’s often handled with a manual lockout switch. Probably not for long. I regularly come home thinking I feel much fresher than I expected to. But my overall average speeds on these bikes on commutes, brevets, tours, &c on asphalt & gravel, were more or less the same. The bike frame never determines how fast someone is. But, but, but … my overall average speed is more or less the same, and my times on the few Strava segments I check are too. Lynskey: rigid, rugged, manœuvrable. Weight: Wider tires are heavier than narrow ones, but not by much. I suspect the reason is simple: The industry wants to sell more bikes. Meanwhile, that extended reach adds further efficiencies by reducing your body profile to the wind. And that is good for everybody – even for the bike industry! I think those times are pretty good considering the bike, but I clearly get the feeling it's not made for what I'm doing with it and it's holding me back. The 100 mm Cannondale Lefty fitted to the front of our Unno was a prime example of the control suspension adds, and where the front wheel would be bounced uncontrollably and dangerously through rocky sections while on a rigid gravel bike, the Unno just laughed it off and begged for more. It’s not. The rest of us know that swapping the heavy, stiff ‘gravel’ tires for a set of supple, fast-rolling tires will make your gravel bike as fast as a road bike. Product Test: Velo-Orange Grand Cru Brakes. And it’s this stark difference in speed that has perhaps helped define the design differences between modern gravel and mountain bikes. Why the bike biz folks don’t create a “Got milk?” type of marketing scheme to appeal to potential new customers is a mystery to me. I diesel rather than zip up hills. Gravel bikes have grown in popularity for their ability to mimic the efficiency of a road bike while adding versatility for where they can be ridden. If the subtle differences between riding position and gearing aren’t enough, then the argument of suspension is a topic that just hurts my head. I recently put the Standard casing Snoqualmie Pass tires on my wife’s aluminium Trek hybrid. Is it true? Many non-cyclists are excited about the idea of the all-road bike. A Specialized Crux would probably have felt massively better also, but allowed wider tyres (still no useful mounts). It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m on a mountain, road or gravel bike. When it came to usage, the choice to opt for 11-42 10-speed cassette seemed very accurate to us for this gravel. A couple of years ago I treated myself to a 70th birthday present –> a Ti ‘7’ built to a design by Steve Hogg based on measurements by his Canadian fitter (Mark Dwyer) – my input being it had to allow for wider tires even when mudguards are installed. average speed depends on the gravel but its usually 5 mph less than smooth pavement and road tires. The GCN tests are merely reinforcing conventional wisdom, and uses flawed assumptions. S (53cm) M (56cm) L (58cm) XL (61cm) show all. Really smooth out the poor road surfaces up in Ontario, and I have not noticed any diminution in speed on my rides. Terrain that one person might be happy tackling on a road bike may see another wishing for a dual-suspension mountain bike. Not unlike a road bike, a gravel bike prioritises pedalling efficiency with the assumption that the wheels will roll over the terrain they’re pointing at. How do you test a bike like Mitch Pryor's latest MAP All-Road? Sedona is known as a pretty rough and raw mountain bike destination, and the roads are clearly made for cars. That is why aero bars and the aero tuck work so well, and why even just lowering your stem by 20 mm does more than a set of aero wheels. Litespeed Watia Any terrain. The contenders are Cannondale Topstone Carbon, Canyon Grail CF SLX, Specialized Diverge Comp 2021, and titanium Enigma Escape (my own build). Clearly suspension is a good thing when you’re on rough terrain. Still, what’s obvious is that most gravel bikes are at their best on terrain that sits between a two to four on our gravel scale. Or different bikes? My steel road bike is rolling on 30c tire while my gravel bike is 42c But a gravel bike is better suited to everywhere trails are not. A 650B x 48 mm Rene Herse Switchback Hill Extralight tips the scales at just 413 g. Still, a set of Switchback Hills will weigh about 450 g more than our featherweight 700C x 26 Cayuse Pass (183 g each) – but that difference is little more than half a water bottle. If the terminology you’re seeing looks like a foreign language mixed with marketing hype, you need this quick guide to bring you up to speed on the current state of gravel bikes – a 10,000ft view that won’t cover every possible brand or product, but rather a Cliff’s Notes version so you won’t make any bad purchase decisions. 650b or 27.5in comes to us from touring bikes… I really like the tires very much. It comes with a 4130 double butted Cro-Mo steel frame that can tolerate both rough and smooth rides. And I intend to go to the 700×44 Snoqualmie Pass tires in the future. Aero is VERY IMPORTANT for an aeroplane flying at 500 kilometres an hour, not your average cyclist riding between 20-35 kph. It was uninspiring to ride and didn’t even have useful mounts, but it was only when the speed went over about 35 km/h that I went backwards compared to my ride buddies on top road machines. ~ ENVE 4.5ARs where unfortunately I cannot use your tires so run 30mm nominal Schwalbe Pro Ones Tubeless (actual 32mm mounted) which I run at about 60 PSI. Of course, the use of wider mountain-bike-like 650B tyres on gravel bikes completely confuses this argument, but equally, it helps to show why such tyres are not the ideal choice for riding extended sections of tarmac and smooth dirt. If you are a road bike racer, then a gravel bike probably won’t work as your primary bike. And really, a look at the latest geometry, tyre widths and technology to hit the gravel riding world don’t help to make that joke any less true. My guess is it’s just easier to sell another bike to someone who already has one (three) than trying to create a new customer? If you are running a more standard racing tire, like the Continental GP 5000 (221 g), the difference to the 48 mm-wide tires shrinks to just 384 g. And you get some of that weight back, because the smaller 650B rims and shorter spokes weigh a bit less. Maintaining an average speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) on a mountain bike, over rocky and technical terrain, would put you in a very elite category. In fact, it’s usually about double that of an average rider. Yes less aerodynamic steel bike with round tubes and wider tires IS slower than proper carbon aero bike with aero shaped tubes, aero wheels and 28mm tires. Taking the increasing speed of gravel riding and racing alone, the evidence for the importance of aerodynamics was clear. Colin Strickland’s 2019 Dirty Kanza success came with an average speed of 20.19mph, and at that speed aerodynamics is very important. It is not simple and easy otherwise. No difference to speed or handling when I changed fork from carbon to steel. Le gravel bike (littéralement traduit par "vélo de gravier") vient des Etats-Unis où ce type de vélos correspond parfaitement à la traversée des grands espaces sur pistes en gravier. The difference in rider position can be huge, too. Fun, but a handful, to ride on deep gravel. The result: The racing tires were faster on all surfaces. Oh Dear where do we start… Never have I seen or read where aero is measured with a rider on the bike in a wind tunnel. https://www.renehersecycles.com/are-gravel-bikes-slower-than-road-bikes A mountain bike suspension fork adds an easy kilogram compared to a common rigid alternative. And complexity also comes with the addition of more moving components on the bike, meaning more places for things to go wrong and require servicing. At 8.9 kg and more than double the price of any gravel bike we tested, if there was ever a mountain bike to outshine a gravel bike on its home turf, this was it. With gravel rides matching distances that are done on the road, it’s unsurprising that there are serious gains to be had in both comfort and speed … Many gravel bikes have a more upright riding position, which is less aero. However, the wide Q isn’t necessary: Many modern gravel and all-road bikes are designed to accept standard road cranks. The Populo Quest 16-Speed Gravel Bike fits the description of a budget gravel bike. The position is identical. Rolling resistance: Most gravel tires today are built like mountain bike tires, with stiff casings that absorb more energy and transmit more shocks than supple racing tires. Then when the wind is blowing around you on the bike, in the real world, there will be eddies and flurries of wind that has changes in direction and causes a dislodgement of laminar flow over your super duper aero frame and wheels which renders the design useless. I have a nice mountain bike as well but I never hesitate to ride my cross bike on gravel over the mtn bike. Gravel Bikes Sort: Cube Nuroad Pro desert´n´black. In the end, choice is a glorious thing. I love riding my bike (I have completed 200 miles in one day) – likely primarily due to design / construction, but also partly due to benefits of the wider tires. As previously covered in our grading gravel feature, not all-terrain – or even people’s perception of that terrain – is equal. Physics are physics, but the question is ‘how much slower.’ And on the other hand, a bike that vibrates less is faster. And clearly there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had by under-biking yourself on tamer trails. (Remember: the component of velocity when calculating drag is always squared). We found tarmac, gravel roads and even plenty of scenic trails that were all exceptionally enjoyable to ride with dropbars. Handling felt cumbersome. The issue with suspension is that it adds weight, complexity and cost to the bike. They are simply outstanding for a high-level gravel. And that makes sense: a mountain bike is perfectly suited to a mountain bike destination. We thoroughly test every Compass product before we release it. Plus, we all know that the fastest bikes out there are neither gravel nor road bikes, but velomobiles. Paris Roubaix is out of my league, but that said, my local roads aren’t getting any better. Road cranks rarely have Q factors of more than 150 mm. After all, gravel roads are roads, and there is no need to change the position just because the ground is a bit rougher. One of the most obsolete post in your great blog! They want a bike – one bike – that combines speed with comfort and the ability to go off the beaten path. Perhaps this was a relatively early ‘all-road’ bike, I have two sets of wheels: I would tend to concentrate more on proper handling geometry with comfort high on the design list. I love riding on babyshoe pass 42mm tyres, and I don’t notice any difference in speed for solo riding. Aerodynamics of the rider: The rider is responsible for most of the wind resistance. The Rene Herse Cayuse Pass is one of the lightest tires you can buy. Of course, most already have a road bike, but that one has outdated rim brakes. Gravel bikes have now truly opened up a new genre that fills the gap between lightweight mountain bikes and road bikes. I guess that problem would be solved if everyone rode on 42mm tyres, and then the groups would go faster too…. They could market it to everyone. My long&low road bike with aero wheels and 28mm (Compass) tires is materially faster than my gravel bike with a more relaxed riding position, low gearing and 700×42 (Compass) tires, but they are both great at what they are designed to do and without trying to perform like the other. From gravel bikes for mountain bike trails to time trial gravel machines, you’ll find anything you can think of in the gravel universe. Chez nous, le phénomène gravel commence aussi à prendre de l'ampleur car il se révèle être un vélo ultra polyvalent. Maintaining an average speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) on a mountain bike, over rocky and technical terrain, would put you in a very elite category. Update 11/17/2020: We’ve just published our new book ‘The All-Road Bike Revolution’ with all the research that has changed cycling in recent years. 2020 BMC URS Three gravel bike review: Ground broken, 2020 Marin Gestalt X10 gravel bike review: The wheelie machine, Bikes of the Bunch: Unno Aora, the world’s lightest mountain bike frame, 2020 Giant XTC Advanced SL 29 1 hardtail review: fast as, Specialized overhauls Epic HT: A 790g hardtail mountain bike frame. Concernant les pneumatiques, le gravel est doté, selon les modèles, de pneus typés cyclo-cross allant de 36 mm à 45 mm. Im running cyclocross legal 32c tires tubeless and works well. For example, James Huang, the technical expert from CyclingTips.com, posted: “I’ve been spending too much time on gravel and mountain bikes lately. I need more data before I can be definitive, but, despite my perceptions, it seems that a steel bike with fat tyres, heavier than my carbon and titanium bikes, and with a big box under the handlebars, has made no difference to my overall speed, and may have increased it. But taking that a bit off-road, are there actually any real aero gravel gains to be had in the fatter-tire, lower average speed world of gravel bike riding & racing? I have been running the 700×35 Compass/Herse tires on my bike for multiple years. Here in Bali, you can be pedalling fast downhill for 40-60 minutes so the wheels noticeably help there. This bike handles great but is not at all versatile. When we arrived in Sedona, Arizona with 12 gravel bikes, many in the know thought we were nuts. The position of a mountain bike is fairly fixed, while a dropbar offers up multiple hand (and body) positions to help swap things up on longer rides. Otherwise, steel frames with skinny tubes would be faster than carbon bikes with large-diameter down tubes. A complete bike weighs 25lbs. Anywhere. Below that, my 38mm Extralights rolled great. So if gravel bikes are effectively where mountain bikes came from, then why not just pick a modern mountain bike? For most of us, mortals, speed on bike is secondary. I have several bikes including my loved and very versalite 10,5+ kg Cannondale slate with 650b 42mm tires and dropper and 7kg carbon race bike. Critical Cycles Classic Track Bike. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. (You don’t want to get dropped on your Sunday morning ride!). Speed is safe – and fun! For loaded touring or more trail riding a 40t or 38t chainring can make sense while more road-biased riders have gone as high as 46t. However, the bike feels slow, slow, slow. I may keep the wheels; they will cut through a muddy CX course if nothing else, but when I return to the twisty, undulating terrain of the UK/Ireland with unpredictable weather I will be going back to bigger tyres and mudguards! However, if you’re in the market for one of these bikes, this can be just as much a curse as it is a blessing! The complexity comes in the form of having to design the geometry around the additional height of a telescoping fork. Many gravel bikes these days have a 1x (single chainring) set up in the front. Companies can’t get by with a very traditional type of set up, and premium parts are also necessary. They’ll be more likely to stay engaged and become life-long cyclists. In a group I find it hard to move with any surges. Thus, less energy is required to maintain the bike’s speed. The higher rolling resistance is due to the tire’s casing, not its width. (The more upright position may be more comfortable, especially for long rides, but this applies to road bikes just as much as it does to gravel bikes.). Sure, it’s not the ideal gravel riding destination, but it was the ideal gravel bike testing destination, encompassing a wide variety of terrain and proving the impressive versatility of gravel bikes. Fast on rough/deep gravel, but pretty harsh. (GCN’s table also shows that high pressures roll faster – that is only true on rollers, where the convex roller digs deeper into a softer tire.). So you trade some aero and weight for improvements in rolling resistance/suspension losses. In turn, your glutes are more easily recruited to the task of pedalling, and so you can, in theory, pedal with greater efficiency. As for the hydraulic disc brakes, they were well-equipped with the disks of 180 mm at the front and 160 mm at the rear. Global Cycling Networks even did some – admittedly unscientific – testing: They ran a set of racing tires and a set of gravel tires. For the rest of us, bikes like the sub-17-pound Open U.P.P.E.R. As you’ve mentioned before, skinny high pressure tires feel faster because they don’t deform over every bump and transmit every vibration to the rider. Speed varies widely by cyclist, depending on fitness, road conditions and traffic. Often but not always with ‘guards & lights. What is a gravel bike and why do I need one? The rolling hills of the Cotswolds are not the same as the Scottish highlands.So hearing from someone else that their average is, say, 20 miles per hour, means very little if you don't know where they are riding.Some areas are naturally and frequently exposed to high winds. Are you using different wheels on the same bike? The 14% average step shown above for the Force/Red AXS 44 x 10-50 (our Mullet Build) is a little misleading- gears 2-12 are the exact same as 1-11 on a 13% step average Force1 10-42. Gravel bikes are in their element on endless unsealed and poorly kept roads where your average speed is closer to that of riding on tarmac. I don’t feel slow on my Rat Trap Pass tires ! The thinking seems to go like this: Now that many riders have bought a gravel bike, let’s convince them that they need a new road bike. I’m sure you’re aware of this Jan. Could it be that the little accelerations needed to grab the wheel after being on the front are a tiny bit harder than on a bike with narrow light tyres and at the limit this is enough to mean you are dropped, which then makes a big difference to your speed. De nombreuses courses de gravel y sont d'ailleurs organisées. For example, have you ever seen a wind vane stay totally steady in any kind of breeze? In truth, they sit somewhere between the two. 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