BIANCHI ALL-ROAD £1,800.00
This is the Italian legend’s entry into ‘adventure-road’, melding road- geometry standards of 72° head and 73° seat angles with long chainstays and massive tyre clearances. It’s also nabbed a dropper-post from MTB, adding to its impressive off-road CV. While it excels on mud, it’s a touch more laboured on tarmac.
NUKEPROOF DIGGER 1.0 £1,449.99
Nukeproof are known for mountain bikes, but they’ve produced an impressive gravel debut. The Digger 1.0’s built from alu, matched to a carbon fork for damping duties. The 71.5° head angle and long 1,030mm wheelbase offers great stability, and the bike is confidence inspiring at speed.
PINNACLE ARKOSE SS £850.00
The SS runs a 38/17- gear option, meaning on the road you can’t help but generate a high cadence. The frame’s built from 6061 aluminium with a carbon fork upfront, so even though it’s running disc brakes and fat tyres, it’s still 9.5kg. However, you might want a larger crankset for longer rides.
VITUS ENERGIE PRO £1,599.99
Both the slab-sided fork, with its 15mm thru-axle, and the frame, with its wishbone seatstays, absorb shock well. They shrug off large potholes and debris with ease. The Energie Pro has an unusual ‘randonneur’ – a backswept bar that feels strange at first, but you soon acclimatise to and it’s worth persevering.