This genre of bike is growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why – they combine road-bike looks and speed with loads of frame clearance for fitting fat, knobbly tyres of 35mm or more. These can send you across almost any terrain, including tarmac, mud, bridleways and gravel paths. You can find gravel (adventure) bikes made from steel, alloy, carbon and titanium, and at a range of prices from affordable to aspirational. Most will include eyelets for fitting mudguards and pannier racks, disc brakes (hydraulic if you’re lucky) for better braking and more relaxed geometry than a road bike, to deliver better handling on a range of surfaces. We’d probably include cyclocross bikes within this category, too – they look very similar (disc brakes, fatter tyres) but may not have fittings for mudguards or panniers, and will almost certainly have a racier position.
Against Can be almost as fragile as road bikes For Fairly quick Versatile