What is the best gravel race bike? I don’t know, man; what is the best beer? Beyond your personal taste preference, where you live and what you like to race largely determines what’s best for you. But Dave asked me to put down The Best Gravel Bikes on digital paper, so here we are.
We covered the Rock Cobbler on a previous post here, with a full write up and (almost) all of our photos from the event. With this post we bring you some bonus coverage with 15 gravel bikes from Rock Cobbler 2019. Sam Ames crafted a challenging course with a bit of everything, even some mud!
From its humble beginnings in 2014 with 50 riders, to the 6.0 installment on February 9, the Rock Cobbler has become one of the must-do gravel events on the calendar. Originally inspired by some of the first great ‘gravel grinders’ like Dirty Kanza and The Crusher, the Cobbler is certainly a great one with its own unique take.
Roll Massif is a new collection of eight road, gravel and mountain bike sportives across the state of Colorado. On the gravel front they promise two impressive sportives including Wild Horse Gravel in De Beque and Crooked Gravel in Winter Park.
At a glance, Eagle AXS brings the real benefits of wireless electronic shifting to the mountain bike. On a deeper level, it offers discerning riders unprecedented personalization and control of the drivetrain. On the bike and off. Deepening the relationship between machine and rider. This addition to the Eagle ecosystem enhances capability. Removes complexity. And provides riders an experience like never before imagined.
Based in Germany, Ergon creates equipment and gear for cyclists that are always impressive and well designed. Certainly their clear focus on delivering products at each contact point with the bicycle has served them well. Driven by ergonomics, durability and sustainability, Ergon has consistently delivered a solid line-up of grips, packs, saddles and other gear for several years now. Ergon has now launched their latest product line, the SR Road Series and SM MTB Series of bike saddles for men.
With a full suite of gravel specific hardgoods it was good timing to bring some friends together to test out these products on some of the finest roads and gravel in the country. You guessed it… Los Angeles, California.
ENVE has just released its latest product, a complete line of premium aluminum road hubs in rim and disc brake configurations that broaden their wheelset offering and establish ENVE as a player in the hub aftermarket. ENVE sees this proprietary hub technology as a way to further streamline their supply chain and bring more attractive pricing options for consumers. Wheelsets impacted include ENVE SES and G Series wheelsets to be set at $2550 USD. While ENVE’s new aluminum hubs will become the standard offering for complete wheelsets, ENVE will continue to offer custom wheel builds with select hub manufacturers.
To round up our coverage of CABDA West we bring you the top 5 gravel bikes from the show. While you may think this was easy, it wasn’t. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of adventure bikes on display, so we filtered down to just those worthy of a dedicated post. Some familiar brands and some we saw for the very first time. Sorry you couldn’t be there, but at least you can see them here…
The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association (CABDA) came to San Diego on Jan 16-17. We were pleasantly surprised to see brands from across the country show up for the 2 -day regional trade show. The exhibitor list was quite impressive, and gave us an opportunity to see some of the latest trends in cycling up close. Here we give you some of our favorite products from the show.
Back at it again, the crew from Deux North took another wild adventure and captured some incredible moments in their latest film, HUNT 7. Watch their 300 mile journey from Los Angeles to the US-Mexico border and back in 24 hours.
As the popularity of gravel continues to grow, bike manufacturers are increasingly offering capable adventure bikes at more accessible price points. We found 5 that that offer the capabilities you would expect, while staying at or under that elusive $2000 price point. All of these bikes have tire clearance for at least 700x40mm tires, can handle 650b, and offer multiple mounting points for added versatility.
We tested a few of the latest winter products from Gore Wear, including the C3 Gore Windstopper Phantom Zip-Off Jacket, Gore Wear C5 Thermo Jersey and the C5 Gore Windstopper Bib Shorts+. Read our initial impressions on warmth, comfort and design.
In its third major overhaul, the storied Traildonkey returns. Originally launched in 2014, Rodeo Labs developed the carbon adventure bike as a do-it-all adventure machine, capable of everything including bikepacking, gravel racing and road group rides. For the TD3, Rodeo is highlighting its improved tire clearance, refined frame design and loads of mounting points.
We’re pleased to introduce our second cycling kit for presale until Jan 17. Like the first, we have partnered with Eliel Cycling to offer a product that not only looks amazing, but will offer riders premium comfort, fit and utility. Months in the making, we wanted to create a design that was clean and meaningful.