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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We caught up with content creator and podcast host Brian Co of SoCal Cyclist to bring you the top 5 gravel cycling athletes to watch in 2019.
Our friend Hunter from South Carolina gives us first impressions of his 2019 Salsa Journeyman, an attractive and affordable gravel bike from Salsa.
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.