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frontrangegravel

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Guitar Ted just put up a good post on the site....He's pondering the question - "What is a Gravel Bike?" 

It's a neverending discussion really. But some great thoughts out there. What is your take?

http://ridinggravel.com/editorial/gritty-take-what-is-a-gravel-bike/
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ljsmith

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My take has always been similar. Gravel bikes is not the right term because a “gravel” ride might be 60% pavement, 35% gravel and 5% single track. My rides won’t be the same as someone who lives in a different part of the country. So these “gravel” bikes will have great variation depending on who, and where the bike is ridden. This is why I’ve always said anything can be a gravel bike. Although for any given ride one type of bike might be more efficient than another.
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With flatbars call them a hybrid. With drop bars call them a crossbreed.
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chas

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French have it close: VTT (vélo tout-terrain).  Although "all terrain vehicle" refers to a mountain bike...  Sport Utility Bike?  
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Dacha Gravel

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What is a gravel bike? It's a sort of bike we always needed, but at first it was the way of custom builds or crazy breeds between mtb & road bikes. Some people name them the marketing bait - ok, I believe first FS MTB/suspension fork/anything brand new in cycling were called like that. So the task of a gravel bike - to ride roads of different quality and more - considering owner's skills. With appropriate comfort and good speed of course. Road bikes (I prefer to call them road race bike - describes their point perfectly) don't have good tire clearance - noppe, CX bikes are short base race machines which will kick you out of the saddle with every bump. And also short wheelbase - the front fender gives you not overlap - but OVERFREAKINGLAP. Often without fender eyelets and rack eyelts- nope. Touring bikes seem closer. Old style tourings usually don't have disc brakes (hard to swap different wheel size) and room for big tires.  Still "new school" touring bikes are quite like gravel bikes, hehe. I adore the idea of swapping between 700c and 650b but I found out that decent winter studded tires like Ice spiker are 2.25 and most of gravel bikes can take only 2.1-2.2. Now I'm waiting until gravel bikes are be sold at adequate prices.
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modern CX bikes have a cush ride and room for larger tires (40mm).  My ride is so cush I keep looking down to see if I have a flat tire.  Kinda freaked me out at first.

A good CX or gravel bike can be more cush than a mountain bike as its not designed to be jumped or take those really hard hits.
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