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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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Seatstay eyelet cracked on carbon frame

I have noticed that the seat stay eyelet for my rack has developed a crack. I'm not sure if this is just in the veneer or if it's cracked the actual carbon fibre too. I only installed the rack a few ...
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Replacing regular Sora Shifters with dropbar shifters

I have normal shifters & brakes, both Sora. Brakes are hydraulic disc brakes. Can I replace them with dropbar shifters, i.e. are there Sora dropbar shifters with a cable for the gears and ...
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Turn Specialized Crosstrail Disc 2014 into gravel bike

I am considering turning my Specialized Crosstrail Disc 2014 into a gravel bike. I was somewhat following this post. But I decided to go with some other parts here and potentially higher total $$. I ...
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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

I’m planning a multi-day gravel ride with a few friends. We would have to sleep in public campgrounds, which are also full of people because of the camping season. What is the best way to secure our ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tiagra 4700 1x setup? looking for a rear derailleur and cassette combo

Triyng to convert a Specialized CrossRoads to a fun 1X setup. I have a flat bar 4700 10s shifter and i'm looking to complete it with a 10s rear derailleur. From my understanding, 4700 does have the ...
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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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GRX Di2 front derailleur compatibility with Ultegra 2x crankset

Researching an upgrade to GRX Di2, am aware from this forum (as well as Shimano) that the GRX 2x crankset is pushed 2.5 mm outboard and thus requires a GRX FD. However, what about the opposite: using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SRAM XPLR for a 2x12

Hello fellow cyclists, Could someone please explain to me why XPLR rear derailer is 1x only? I want to install it on my gravel bike with 43/30 double chainring upfront. What can go wrong? Thanks! -----...
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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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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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Deore Derailleur w/ Tiagra STI Shifter Compatibility

I have Shimano Deore RD M591 Rear Derailleur (http://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-Deore-M591-9-SPD-Rear-Derailleur) that I am having trouble dialing in shifting when used with Tiagra 4700 2x10 STI ...
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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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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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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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Are these Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels suitable for cross riding / racing?

I have a set of Xero Lite XSR-3 road wheels with 20/24 straight spokes. I tend to ride dirt, gravel, and some singletrack on my cross bike and sometimes some cross races. Would I be able to swap this ...
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Tubeless sealant leaks in the rain

Whenever I cycle in heavy rain with my tubeless tires, what I presume is the sealant seeps out of the rims in a kind of gloopy dark-grey mush. Is there something wrong with the sealant I'm using? Or ...
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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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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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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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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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2021 Salsa Fargo and GRX 2x11 components

I’d like your advice on GRX component with 2021 Salsa Fargo frameset. I didn’t research enough prior to purchase, and I found out that Bottom Bracket size was wrong, and even more, GRX may not work ...