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2019 Ruta del Jefe Recap

2019 Ruta del Jefe Recap

Ruta Del Jefe’s name represents ‘El Jefe’, who is a Jaguar that has roamed the region widely recognized as Sky Islands in southern Arizona. The recent appearance of another long-time friend of the region has provided our hosts, The Appleton Whittell Research Ranch, with hope of El Jefe’s return after his disappearance.

Top 5 Gravel Race Bikes of 2019

Top 5 Gravel Race Bikes of 2019

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.

15 Gravel Bikes from Rock Cobbler 2019

15 Gravel Bikes from Rock Cobbler 2019

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!

Photo Gallery: 2019 Rock Cobbler

Photo Gallery: 2019 Rock Cobbler

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.

Review: Crushing More Comfortably with the Ergon SR Pro

Review: Crushing More Comfortably with the Ergon SR Pro

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.

Top 5 Gravel Bikes from CABDA West

Top 5 Gravel Bikes from CABDA West

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…

Top 10 Products from CABDA West

Top 10 Products from CABDA West

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.

Top Five 2019 Gravel Bikes Under $2000

Top Five 2019 Gravel Bikes Under $2000

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.

Gore Wear Winter Apparel Review - Adaptable for Adventure

Gore Wear Winter Apparel Review -  Adaptable for Adventure

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.

Top 5 Worst Gravel Bikes of 2019

Top 5 Worst Gravel Bikes of 2019

Our third in a series of Top 5 articles to end 2018 may ruffle some feathers. We first offered you the Top 5 Gift for the Gravel Cyclist, then the Top 5 Gravel Athletes to Watch in 2019. We now bring you the Top 5 Worst Gravel Bikes of 2019. Now that may seem a bit harsh, but here at Gravelstoke we have always valued authentic content, durable goods and thoughtful curation. That means highlighting the best gravel specific products and giving our honest opinion.

Top 5 Gifts for the Gravel Cyclist

Top 5 Gifts for the Gravel Cyclist

For the 2018 holiday season we crafted a special gift guide with some of our favorite hard and soft goods from the year. Each product was tested on numerous adventures and selected for its proven durability, clean design and overall value.