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 expert on bike tech and a lover of practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he dabbles in all disciplines and has tested a huge variety of bikes and gear over the years.