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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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Converting hybrid to gravel bike, flat to drop bars and brifters?

I'd really like some advice on changing the bars on my bike to drop bars from flat. My bike is nothing special, but I really like it and would like to try to convert it, rather than buy a new bike. I ...
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What is the theory behind a gravel bike?

As I understand a gravel bike, it's basically a road frame but perhaps with a slightly more upright riding position. It has wider tires with much deeper treads and a stiffer rubber than standard road ...
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How much energy is lost with a gravel tire compared with a road tire?

I understand that around 20% of the energy while cycling is lost by the deformation of the wheels. I also understand that in smooth and dry roads people use plain tires (no tread pattern) as these ...
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Are road bikes capable of being ridden on gravel?

I am new to road bikes and was wondering if these bikes are capable of riding on light gravel or whether I will get flats? Does it depend on the tire material or are generally all road bike tires for ...
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Does there exist a gravel bike that can accommodate 29″×2.25″ ribbed (and studded) tyres?

The title line says it all. Just by looking at the pictures of the forks used for gravel bikes, and before reading the specs, it's evident that a 2.25″ won't fit. Is the term "gravel" today ...
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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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Shimano GRX groupset with mechanical brakes for CX/Gravel

I'm going to upgrade my cyclocross bike with new 1x11 dedicated components. Currently bike has old 105 5700 groupset and cantilever brakes. Those mechanical brakes are the main problem - I don't want ...
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Options to reduce reach on a gravel bike

I bought a 2020 GT Grade shortly after the pandemic hit. Bought it online, no test drive. It was a bit of a risk, but it seems to fit well enough with one exception: the reach feels a bit long. When I ...
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Are road mechanical disc brakes safe to pair with a steel gravel bike

This is a follow up to this post: How to increase brake responsiveness on Microshift style STI brifters paired with mechanical disc brake I have mountain bike mechanical disc brakes on a steel gravel ...
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