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Bikes designed for dirt roads (hence the name) and singletrack as well as pavement. These bikes have a similar appearance to road bikes but tend to have longer wheelbases, more upright posture, lower bottom brackets (for stability), and clearance for wider tires.

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11/51 cassette with sgs deore m5100rd on state all road 4130

Would love to have a second opinion if it is a good idea for me to do it, I currently have a state all road 4130 med with Deore m5100 with a 1x gravel crank.
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Is this bike overkill for me

I intend to purchase a Merida Silex 4000 for ~$2000. I plan to use it for commute (20km round trip) and for recreation and exercise in my free time. I've only had regular MTBs before and I would very ...
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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

I live in a city but also like to go into a cross-country areas as well. I've also noticed that there are rare models of road-bikes that offer an option to install wide tires: Oh, and you can fit a ...
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In the absence of mud and sand, does installing (rugged) 35mm tires on a road bike make it a gravel bike? [duplicate]

Can I buy a (105-based) road bike for a growing child, and when (from experience, after six months—sigh) it's too small for the child but just right for the parent, change its tires from 28mm to 35mm ...
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Drop bar maneuverability in a gravel bike

I'm considering getting my first gravel bike, and I'm wondering how much more difficult/limited (if at all) the maneuverability of a drop bar bicycle is, compared to a flat (riser) bar. I've gone to ...
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Can someone recomend compatible Road/Lever shifters to drive a Shimano Deore RD-M5020-SGS, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed rear mech

I have a Whyte 429 with the Deore SL-M4010, 10 Speed driving the Shimano Deore RD-M5020-SGS, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed rear mech. I want to put Gravel (Drop) bars on it because I simply find it so much ...
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Advice on Sizing - Vitus

I am relatively new still to cycling in general, I bought a used large frame EMTB earlier this year which was great but clearly too large and I am now selling. I am looking to purchase a Vitus E-...
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Is it possible to make DIY foam tire inserts for gravel bikes?

I saw a video of the British cyclocross racers putting foam from a hardware store into their tires. This foam is used in construction to fill joints before caulking. All those joints on the concrete ...
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Are alloy gravel bikes better economical value than carbon?

I am planning to buy new gravel bike, there is a frame model with different material, one alloy and the other is carbon. Component wise I really don't care, because I will replace it with my spare GRX ...
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different front and rear tires for bike packing

I plan to do a 1000 km bike packing/touring around West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The route consist of 70% tarmac (transition between towns through jungle mountain pass) and 30% gravel (Smooth,chunky ...
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What size of inner tube fits a 650x47b tire?

What size of inner tube fits a 650x47b tire? It's gravel bike. The tire states it's tubeless ready but there's a tube in it currently.
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I need help with 2 HG 700 11 spd cassettes. Why are they different?

I got two HG 700 cassettes. One came on my gravel wheelset with my canyon grail (received in January 2023) let's call it A and I bought the other one recently (September 2023) to fit on my road ...
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Which Wheelset to upgrade to a Gravel-Bike?

Atm I ride a "Endorfin Speed III" Roadbike and I'd like to buy a new aluminium wheelset so I can use it as a gravel bike too. I just do not know what wheelset, tire combination fits and ...
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Weight on bike vs on rider when pushing bike on steep hill

I wondering, when i ride my Gravel Bike on very steep hill on broken road/gravel i have to push my bike. My total weight on bike including bag etc almost 17kg (14kg on steel bike, 3kg on water and ...
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Identify new gravel road bike from photo

This is a photo I came across earlier this year of a gravel bike that is gorgeous and I would love to know what brand it is. Hopefully it i identifiable. Thank you
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Tyre setup for gravel/commuter hybrid

I'm about to n+1 my bike collection and am aiming for a gravel bike, in a radonneur setup with fenders and fixed-mounted lights, as shown below. (Let's ignore stories about poor LBS support for the ...
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Gravel handlebar geometry: any use of the hooks' flare?

I have replaced the original 44cm handlebar of the Canyon Grizl with a wider, 46cm Salsa Woodchipper Deluxe handlebars. While I'm very pleased with the added control the wider handlebars offer (...
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Agricultural Access Roads

I moved to an area with lots of agriculture and ranching. There are fields of crops all over this county, and many of those fields have access roads going to and around them. Virtually none of those ...
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Building a carbon gravel bicycle - Shimano 105 7020 vs GRX RX600/800

I've got into cycling around 2 years ago, mainly going to the office and cycling around the city/when traveling. Thing of 2 months ago started with long-distance and speed experimentation, and ...
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Headset and BB compatibility Kona Rove LTD 2019

I've got a Kona Rove LTD 2019 and it's about time to change bearings. This is the exact model : https://99spokes.com/en-EU/bikes/kona/2019/rove-ltd I'd like to change headset and BB because they're ...
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Need help on crank setup for Gravel bike!

I've been cycling for about a year and a half now (yes, I'm a newbie) and I'm very happy with it! I currently have a Merida gravel bike with a GRX 600 crankset (46/30) and 10-speed GRX 400 FD with 11 -...
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Upgrading 2021 Giant Roam 2 Disc (wheels, groupset, chain) [closed]

I'm planning to upgrade my 2021 Giant Roam 2 Disc. Not looking at high-end components. Hope someone could verify if these parts will fit? Also appreciate recommendations for wheels. In case I missed ...
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Rear tire burping on gravel bike (tubeless)

On my morning commute I burped my rear tire twice having never had that issue before. The rim is a wtb i23 (taped from factory and rate "tubeless ready") and it has a Wtb Riddler tire ...
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Experiential difference between road and gravel bikes?

Specifically, looking at the Orbea Avant road bike vs. the Terra gravel bike, the frames look the same except for the fork. Can you just swap the fork and make one into the other? How close would an ...
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Does my gravel bike fit me?

Hi does this bike fit me? Im 5’7 (1.7 m) with a 31 in (79 cm) inseam on a size medium
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Wheelset upgrade [closed]

I own a 2016 Giant Revolt (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/revolt-1-2016) and I was looking to buy a new gravel wheelset. Currently I have the 2016 version of Giant P-X2 Disc Wheelset, [F]32H [R]...
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Do I need a Goat Link on a Triban RC520?

I would like to build a 1x road bike with low gear ration for bike touring. I went across this article about mullet drivetrain and it looks like what I want. The Triban RC520 from Decathlon seems like ...
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Better climbing on a road bike with changed bigger cassette and smaller crank?

Looking for the advice of professionals. Maybe common question from a dummy cyclist, but… Problem: I have an endurance Trek Domane SL6 2023 bike Shimano Ultegra groupset with crank 50/34t, and ...
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What should my rear and front tire pressures be if they have wildly different recommended pressure ranges?

I ride a gravel bike and decided to upgrade my rear tire to a new semi-slick one so I can be a bit faster (Innova Pro Stampede -> Maxxis Receptor). The problem is though that the Maxxis Receptor ...
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Upgrading from SRAM Force AXS to Force AXS WIDE - What can I keep?

As the title already says, I own right now a Force eTap AXS. However, I do sometimes need a wider range, since I like driving off rad steep climbs, therefore I'd like to upgrade to the AXS Wide. Do I ...
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Slick Hybrid Bike Tires on Steep Gravel Descent?

I'm trying to take my hybrid bike with slick hybrid tires down a short (maybe 200 foot) steep gravel descent with a gradient of around -25 percent (according to Strava). How should I ride this to ...
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Can I use a longer thru axle than the stock thru axle skewer but have similar pitch?

I'm looking for a front thru axle skewer for my bike. The stock axle has these measurements, L124mm TL16mm TP M12 x 1.5. The closest I've seen so far online is L125mm TL17mm TP M12 x 1.5. Would it be ...
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Modifying road bike for safer use on poor roads

I currently own a cheap-ish road bike (2019 Giant Contend SL: welded aluminium frame, wheels with narrow rims, maximum tire size 28mm, fairly few spokes, carbon forks, rim brakes, 2x11 Shimano 105 ...
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Has anyone tried Tannus Armour tires? What do you think?

I have a Giant gravel bike that I use exclusively on asphalt -- that is, I use it as a road bike. I do perhaps 175km a week, 10k meters in ascent/descent a week. The issue I have is that to get to ...
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Gravel + Folding Bike

Folding bikes have typically been built for commuters and are designed to be compact and light weight. In the spirit of discovery, i wanted to ask if anyone has seen or tried to build a gravel focused ...
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Can a dropper post be added to a Giant bicycle with D-Fuse?

I just bought a Giant Revolt that comes with a D-Fuse seat post. I really hate this mechanism, I have to remove the seat frequently to store the bike. I was wondering if it's possible to change to a ...
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Broken screw thread on GRX 800 crankset

I made my gravel-dream bike few month ago by hand. I followed all the user-manual sheets from Shimano in order to properly mount the GRX 800 crankset and the pedals on it. I respected the tightening ...
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Tiagra 4700 2x10 vs 105 R7000 2x11 for Gravel Bike

I'm putting together a gravel bike from parts. It will be for mechanical brakes -- cantilever at first and maybe mechanical disc later. I will be buying new shifters, derailleurs, cassette, and chain. ...
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Upgraded options for Tektro MD-C550 mechanical disk brake?

I just got the new All City Space Horse Tiagra and absolutely love it. Only downside so far is the brakes. Stock brakes are the Tektro MD-C550. I've had good hydraulic disk and great v brakes in the ...
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Tube punctured by broken tire carcass fibre?

My wife's new bike had a puncture in the 650Bx2.4 "gravel" tire shortly after riding on a section of trail where fresh gravel had been spread. The gravel is crushed granite and quite coarse ...
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Surly Straggler fixed gear build

For now, I live in a city and I have a surly steamroller frame that is very convenient for commuting everyday life. I will soon live in a small village from about 15km my work and I need to ride on ...
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Are carbon wheels suited to gravel riding?

I have a mid-range gravel bike, and I am interested in upgrading the wheels. I was thinking of getting deep-ish carbon wheels (~40mm or so) so that I would also have an upgrade path if I want to ...
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Panaracer Gravelking SK Tubeless Blowout on WTB i21

I just got 2 new Panaracer Gravelking SK tires and mounted them tubeless on WTB i21 rims with the correct width rim tape from WTB. I inflated them to 60psi to set the bead and the rear blew off the ...
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Gravel derailleur advice

I have a gravel bike with the following 1X set up: FSA Omega Megaexo crank, 40T Sunrace 11-46 CSMS8 cassette Sram Apex1 11 spd derailleur Sram Apex 11 speed Double-Tap shifter I would like to change ...
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When descending on paved roads - fork locked or open?

When I am descending with my cross country mountain bike my fork is open when I am riding on gravel, dirt roads or more technical sections. But when I am descending on a smooth / paved road is it ...
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Adding a second chainring to a 1X

I have a 1X gravel bike with an 11-46 cassette and a 40T chainring. This gearing works for most of my riding but there are times when I'm doing some serious climbing that it would great to have one or ...
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Risk for road bike to gravel bike conversion

I'm considering changing the wheels on my specialised road bike, from road tyres to gravel tyres. This is to facilitate some light bike-packing in the summer months. My main concern is that the road ...
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Is it possible to put a suspension fork instead of a rigid one on a gravel bike?

I've seen manufacturers a couple of times put suspension forks on gravel bikes instead of rigid carbon forks. Yes, this fork was not in the top price category from RochShox or Fox, but still, is it ...
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From Deore MTB to GRX Gravel

I want to convert my MTB to gravel, and the main issue for me is the transmission. I plan to completely replace the transmission with 10x2, because it is pretty worn out. However, for me the main ...
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Tubeless setup losing air through ONE exactly spoke hole

I've read all questions found by my keywords, but didn't find and answer. I have a gravel with Triban tubeless ready rims and Hutchinson Overide tubeles ready tires. They already had a rim tape setup. ...
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