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Mnmtber

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I need some help. I want to buy my first gravel bike. I want to use it on the road and gravel. My budget is about $1000. Any info will be greatly appreciated
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What size?

Raleigh USA has a corporate discount program that anyone with a code can join. Raleigh has a great assortment of gravel bikes. Most feature disc brakes with thru axle hubs and framesets, strong wheels, room for 700x40 tires and most of the rims can be set-up tubeless. Aluminum and excellent quality steel frames are offered along with an assortment of drivetrains for less than $1000.

Some of the models & prices;

2016 Tamland 1: Reynolds 631 steel frame, Shimano 105 2x11 drivetrain, 700x40 Clement MSO tires $850 includes delivery

2016 Willard 2: Aluminum frame, Shimano 105 2x11 drivetrain, 700x40 Clement MSO tires $850 includes delivery

2017 Willard 1: Aluminum frameset, Shimano Sora 2x9 drivetrain, 700x32 Clement USH tires $750 includes delivery

These framesets are also available with Sram 1X (1x11 gearing)

Joining is simple:

 Visit http://corp.raleighusa.com

 Enter Corporate Code - CYCLE4PERK

 Populate Required Fields

 Click "Create An Account" to confirm

 The CYCLE4PERK code was working in December, but these codes are obsoleted by Raleigh.

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Thanks for the input.  The bike looks solid.  Would I be able to run some 700/25C tires on it if I wanted to ride all road on some days?  Do they handle well speed wise on paved roads?
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Go to Craigslist, and find a used Surly Cross Check, Salsa Warbird, or similar bike with good clearance for bigger tires yet aggressive enough geometry to haul ass on. Cross bikes are always a great choice too, and can be had pretty reasonably on the used market. I am biased toward the used market as a recommendation for your first gravel bike mainly because you can save yourself 30-40% over buying a new bike. Something like this.

On the other hand, the value in buying a new bike is you (hopefully) get expert advice and proper fitting from a bike shop. Be sure to post up your new ride!
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Yes, you can run road bike tires. The Aluminum framed bikes are not much heavier that a good aluminum road bike. The geometry is a oriented towards stability and comfort, but won't feel ponderous while on pavement.

Vittoria, Continental and Schwalbe make very fast 700x28 tires. Consider this size for pavement. The 700x28 Continental Grand Prix 400S II is a great road tire that is ideal as a fat road bike tire, see: http://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/specials/conti-gp4000s-ii-23-25-28
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Saw this on Performance web site , looks pretty nice value for the money.


http://www.performancebike.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10052_10551_1206972_-1___

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I was in the same spot one year ago and bought the GT Grade.  This site helped me with my research:

http://www.cyclingabout.com/complete-list-of-all-road-gravel-grinder-adventure-road-bikes/

Good Luck
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The Kona Jake would be in that price range.
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Demian Sage

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My experience with aluminum is that the ride is super stiff and harsh on washboard. Bigger volume tires help, but a steel frame has proven to be much more compliant for me (YMMV). Aluminum is light though and a lot depends on where you ride. 
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I love my Kona Private Jake. Rides as good or better than my Carbon Renegade Elite. It's not so much about the frame material but how it's designed. I've ridden harsh steel and hard aluminum and cheap carbon can be pretty harsh too.
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Another titanium bike for you to consider is the Why Cycles R+, if you go with the Rival build its $4,199. I was seriously considering their bikes, I decided to pay a premium for a Moots (maybe that was a dumb decision), but the Why Cycles R+ seems pretty awesome. There are several good reviews and it doesn't break the bank. If you go with the Force build, you get sweet carbon hoops, but then you're up to $5,899. 

http://www.whycycles.com/our-bikes/rcycle/
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Another titanium bike for you to consider is the Why Cycles R+, if you go with the Rival build its $4,199. I was seriously considering their bikes, I decided to pay a premium for a Moots (maybe that was a dumb decision), but the Why Cycles R+ seems pretty awesome. There are several good reviews and it doesn't break the bank. If you go with the Force build, you get sweet carbon hoops, but then you're up to $5,899. 

http://www.whycycles.com/our-bikes/rcycle/


Crap, this was not meant for bikes under $1,000... my bad [frown]
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I have a gt grade tiagra that I really enjoy. Jenson and performance have good deals on them
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The prices on those Raleighs are fantastic; I love my Shimano 105 2x11 drivetrain.
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This may be an option: http://www.the-house.com/qfrcor151bk16zz-framed-bikes.html
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The House bike looks pretty good.

Here is another http://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/gravel-adventure-bikes/full-monty

There is a hydro Rival version for just about a grand, and a Tiagra for $900.

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Keep looking at Craigslist a used and or older cross check is a good model, and you can get a lot more bike and better parts used with a used bike, especially if you go with rim brakes, which if you live in a dryer climate is a great and lighter cheaper option, I'm retiring my old cross check since I'm finally getting a nicer disc brake rain/gravel bike, but with a decent parts pick over years of having it and a inexpensive carbon/aluminum fork off craigslist a couple of years ago my cross check in a 56Cm size was probably under 21# if I took off the rack and fenders, which is pretty competitive with many more modern $2k or more new bikes with disc brakes.
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/salsaandsurlytrader/
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Mnmtber - FWIW, I purchased my CX bike at a local bike shop and love it. I used it for road rides, gran fondos, and gravel riding. It's aluminum with a carbon fork. Shimano 105 shifting. I have upgraded the wheels but most likely you will to. 
The next years models came with disc brakes stock. I would recommend even if buying used to get disc brakes and have clearance for 40c tires. Cross bikes have narrow chainstays compared to a gravel specific bike so you are limited in tire width. 
Also, the benefit of buying from a LBS is they will include or offer a fitting to the bike which is essential.
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Not so long ago I needed a good bike too. I need a bike for road and for beach too. And to be honest my budget was slightly less [smile] It was only 500$. I did not expect, but it turned out that you can buy a good bike even cheaper. I choose chathm, cruiser 26. It's really comfy, smooth, stable and style for days! this article really helped me to choose a good bike http://bestadviser.net/beach-bikes/top-10-best-beach-cruisers/ maybe it will be helpfull for you too.
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