Gravel bikes are freaking all over the place these days. With great purpose too—if you wanna go over a large quantity of floor on dirt that isn’t complex singletrack, a drop bar gravel grinder is a fantastic option. Which qualified prospects them to remaining utilized generally on bikepacking missions. But are they perfectly used in that position?
Gravel bikes undoubtedly lend on their own to lengthy times in the saddle at velocity, and have an gain there around flat bar mountain bikes, specifically with the multitude of hand positions drop bars let. But mountain bikes are normally a improved choice if the terrain receives tough, or if you are not totally positive what to assume.
Alright, so maybe that all lends itself to some confusion. Potentially you have both sorts of bikes in your steady and aren’t positive which is the one particular to load up with equipment and head for the nearest hills. Or maybe you’re seeking to obtain a bikepacking rig (even while the best rig is the a person you currently individual) and are not positive if a gravel bicycle will make perception.
This video, from our friends at Bikepacking.com, can help with that calculus. Even though, at the conclusion of the working day, the respond to is: go bikepacking.
Leading photo: Joshua Meissner/8bar Bikes