Gravel bikes are just one of the niches that have exploded into the mainstream in recent years, but do you actually need a gravel bike? Would an XC racer do the job just as well? What about a road bike?
BikeRadar‘s Joe Norledge is firmly wedded to his XC race bike, which he uses for everything from riding trails to training on the road. Tom loves his mountain bikes, but thinks drop bars are where it’s at for rough roads and gravel. Who’s right? Is there even a right answer?
Watch our video to see Tom and Joe hash out the debate. Where do you stand? Will your next bike be gravel-specific? Let us know in the comments below.
Matthew is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Trek's lovely aluminium Emonda ALR and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.