We take a look at 5 of the hottest gravel bikes for 2018.
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1. Cannondale Slate
2. Salsa Cutthroat
3. Specialized Diverge
4. 3T Exploro
5. Norco Search XR
What gearing is this Specialied Diverge using? The chainring looks very small.
Drop bars are a needless handicap off pavement. Unless you’re cat 3 or better RR, or expert CX, don’t waste your money
Anyone know What are the smooth tires on the 3t exploro?
the exploro does *NOT* accept 47mmx700c tires. 40mmx700c and 2.1x650b is max. you guys must be confusing the WTB horizon 47mmx650b as 700c. it is only 650b.
How about the Orbea Terra? Excellent gravel and all road bike!
I get that the industry is pushing for more variety and options (n+1) but ….really…a mountain bike will do the same or better and is 1/3 of the cost…
I’m only saying that it’s actually half December 2017.
What is with the road gearing on bikes designed for adventure epic rides??
Came here to read the comments from oldies ranting about how much better a hard tail 29er is, and wasn’t disappointed. Try riding a hard tail for 100’s of k’s into a head wind. Your upright body position acting like a sail, 100% of your weight just smashing your perineum into oblivion, and your tired hands with a massive ONE position on the bars. Gravel bikes aren’t made to be better than hardtails on single track. They’re made to do a bit of everything, and do a lot of it. People use them as light touring rigs that can do a bit of everything. If I wanted the experience of proper touring on a mtb i’d get a ball point hammer and just belt my taint with it.
I know it’s not new for this year but I own a Giant Revolt 1 and it’s brilliant! Second hand prices are also very decent! It manages really well as both a road bike and a mild off roader. Well worth a look if you’re looking for a do it all bike. Got like 50mm tyre clearance too!
The 3T is beautiful!
No colorado love for Niner RLT RDO?!?! C’mon man!
Yeah, my 1961 cyclocross bike qualifies as a 2018 ‘gravel bike’ with its 35mm tyres and relaxed geometry, with mounts for bags and guards. Steel, but only 9kg. And a new compact, 46/30, from the 70s. Great to see that it has been ‘reinvented’. And it’s still fast enough for 20mph club rides. Progress!
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Good to see the Cannondale Slate starting to get the recognition it’s due.
Io uso la mtb per fare gravel!
No titanium bike ? …
“gravel bikes” are the rv of bicycles. I guess it appeals to the same demographic.
For the same category saying that a bike is faster is only a lot of bollocks!!!
Why putting a Salsa bike on your list if it is to degrade them from other… btw salsa is an amazing not enough nown brand with great products
American John Tomac raced Yeti mountainbikes with dropped bars in the early 90s
ha shots fired at Trek Domane Gravel eh?
Sequoia best gravel bike ever!
And the use of word “gravel” is only a marketing strategy for bike dummies
No titanium gravel bikes on a top 5? Lynksis? Moots?
those carbon bike are making me laught… who real adventurer would like to take such a fragile material into the forest… even on the road i’m on alloy.
Any with dropper posts?
Love that Slate lefty for unique attention grabbing and conversation value. Is there room for a titanium gravel bike in your top ten?
That norco looks sweet.
I am sick of these worthless commercials for manufacturers.
Just get a mountain bike or a hybrid.
no Niner RLT RDO ??
Only RONDO RUUT !
Eines dieser Räder in Rh 64 vorhanden?
Where is Rondo?
Slasa is a QBP brand. Not a small brand
You missed the Niner RLT RDO… what’s up?