Gravel Bikes

So what exactly is a gravel bike? Gravel bikes, sometimes also referred to as adventure bikes, are essentially road bikes designed to tackle a variety of surfaces, carry additional gear and are suitable for all-day riding on roads less traveled. They are made to be more durable and robust than a standard road bike, along with having an increased gear range and space for far wider tires. They bare a striking resemblance to cyclocross bikes, but there are some subtle differences to note.

Gravel bikes use large tires in excess of 30mm, and often up to 42mm to improve comfort, grip, and stability. In order to accommodate these tires, the frame needs to have considerable clearance, which, is assisted by the use of disc brakes. Not only do disc brakes remove the need for rim-brake calipers from the frame, thereby creating greater tire clearance, they also provide better modulation (control) and performance in all weather conditions.

Gear selection is targeted at slower speeds with greater range, sacrificing some top-end ratios to provide more options for conquering steep and loose climbs.

Basso Terra Gravel