"Cross bike or Gravel? What’s really the difference? While Cyclocross geometry is made to be agile and put the rider in a race position, Gravel bikes keep the rider more comfortable, stable and allows for wider tyres. I personally associate Gravel riding with bikepacking and less with the quick laps in the forest like Cyclocross."

Sascha, Marketing

Gravel Bicycles

The Gravel bike trend started in the USA. The idea was to take a Road bike and outfit it to ride quickly over gravel, forest paths and double track. To do this, wider tyres were needed and the frame and fork had to be adjusted to that. Most Gravel frames are compatible with anywhere between 35 mm to 50 mm tyres.

Many Gravel bikes can ridden with either 27.5” or 28” wheels. Ideally, the frame and fork are outfitted for disc brakes, which helps to brake over less than perfect ground conditions. When compared to a Cyclocross bike, a Gravel bike has a more comfortable geometry. This allows riders to stay in the saddle longer over rough roads and with a longer wheelbase, the bike is also more stable.

Those who deiced to build up a custom Gravel bike, are those who are into bikepacking and extended tours. Of course Gravel racing is also an option, and often times they consist of long endurance rides.