Bicycling (South Africa) - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween gravel and cy­clocross (CX) bikes?

Gravel bikes have more re­laxed ge­om­e­try and fat­ter tyres com­pared to CX bikes, which are de­signed for short- cir­cuit rac­ing, with skin­nier tyres and ag­gres­sive, racy ge­om­e­try.

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween gravel and tour­ing?

Gravel rid­ing takes many forms, and tour­ing is just one of those. Gravel bikes are of­ten de­signed to take lug­gage and pan­niers, and do of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for tour­ing – but can just as eas­ily be used for a long, fun Sun­day ride.

Can one bike re­ally do it all?

Gravel bikes are more ver­sa­tile than ded­i­cated road and MTB bikes, but they do also have their lim­i­ta­tions. Tech­ni­cal sin­gle­track is best rid­den on a ded­i­cated moun­tain bike, while com­pe­ti­tion road bikes of­fer faster ge­om­e­try. How­ever, if a com­bi­na­tion of jeep track, ba­sic tech­ni­cal routes and road rid­ing is your cuppa, then the one- bike so­lu­tion is def­i­nitely worth con­sid­er­ing.

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