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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.

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