The Trek Domane Gravel is not a gravel bike

Trek slaps 35mm tires on an endurance rig and calls it gravel

A great bike? Yes. A gravel bike? No.

Trek's Domane is my favorite endurance road bike, and one of the very few bikes I've given a full five stars over my years at BikeRadar. The new Domane Gravel is an excellent, fun bike for dirt roads — but it is not a gravel bike. 

Watch this short video to hear my argument.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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