More than a road bike the bikes that are in the new “Gravel Grinder” category can function very well at multiple tasks. These sport utility road bikes make excellent all purpose bikes. Ride these bikes to the end of the road and beyond.
Compared to a road bike these bikes have larger tires, greater chainstay and fork clearance, a more stable and comfortable geometry, wider gear ranges.
Larger tires give the bike more traction, a better ride on uneven surfaces, more stability overall. Tire width can range from 30mm to 48mm for the gravel grinder bikes.
Bigger clearances at the chainstays and fork allow the bikes to be fitted with full fenders. Perfect for commuting or winter road riding/training. If the roads are icy you can fit studded tires for greater traction.
In addition to wider tires, gravel bikes have geometry that favors stability and comfort. The wheelbase of a gravel bike is longer than most road bikes, thanks to longer chainstays and slacker head tube angles. Head tubes are generally taller as well, placing the rider in a more relaxed, upright position. Bottom brackets are often lower, which gives the rider the sensation of riding in, rather than on the bicycle.
The end result of these geometry differences is a more comfortable, confidence-inspiring and forgiving ride than one would find in a typical road bike.
Gearing is another area where these bikes diverge from the pack. Given the terrain, many gravel bikes feature compact or smaller gearing and wide-range cassettes. Cranksets with 50/34 or 48/32t are common. Likewise, many gravel bikes come with 1x gearing with ultra-wide 10-42t cassette.
The Stelvio T3 Pro RED is a no-compromise road bike built for racing and elite riding. Built upon Marin’s ultra-light Tube-to-Tube UD carbon frameset with full carbon fork, the Stelvio T3 Pro has a host of go-fast features including a tapered headtube and Press Fit 30 bottom bracket for direct response to all-out pedaling efforts. Unique Power Taper seat tube and RVS seat stays added compliance to enhance rider comfort, while our new 4-in-1 cable guide system allows for aero cable routing with easy access ports for both electric and mechanical drivetrains. SRAM’s flagship RED 22 group is featured along with Reynolds aero-profile, carbon clincher Assault wheels. Ritchey WCS Carbon components adorn the cockpit coupled with a Prologo Scratch Pro saddle.
This bike has a few miles and a lot of features. This is a bike that will make you faster $2500.00
Carbon frames are generally manufactured as a “monocoque” structure. This means the entire frame, or significant parts anyway (front triangle, or rear triangle) are molded as a single piece. The bladders that are used to pressurize the frame during molding are difficult to control and may result in additional resin left inside the frame. While this can ensure good continuity of the carbon fibers through that part of the mold, all monocoque frames still require that frame parts be glued together. Marin employs this manufacturing technique where it makes sense, but in the road category, we primarily use T3 construction, also know as “tube to tube”. In this technology, each frame tube is individually molded, which allows us to precisely control the wall thickness of each tube, resulting in ride tuning perfection. Then, each tube is laid into a fixture that positions them to precisely the angles required for that frame, where they are then bonded into place, and reinforced with an additional lay up of carbon, before going into the heating ovens. This extra care results in absolute minimum weight, perfected ride feel, and a bike that you won’t want to climb off of.
Cannondale CAAD 8 alloy frame with carbon fork. Shimano Tiagra 10 speed drivetrain with FSA compact cranks.
Get outside and start exploring the local roads with Cannondale’s CAAD8! It gives up-and-coming riders technology, function and style for years of great fun. Its svelte Cannondale aluminum frame features a shaped down tube with a large-diameter, thin-wall profile giving the optimum blend of lightness and stiffness for awesome efficiency. The frame geometry is dialed in and there’s a vibration-damping carbon fork to smooth rough pavement. In the components department you get an easy-rolling wheelset, a precision-shifting 20-speed drivetrain with compact gearing for easier climbing and a nice bar, stem, seatpost and seat from Cannondale. Have fun out there!
The Lombard is a comfortable bike that cover a wide range of uses. Great for commuting, touring, and everyday riding.
A Shimano Sora triple 27-speed drivetrain with wide-range gearing help reduce the strain of hills while mixed-tread Schwalbe Road Cruiser tires provide secure handling both on road and off. Promax Render R disc brakes provide all-weather performance.
Part adventure bike, and part urban warrior. Born from cyclocross and touring parents, the Lombard can tackle the weekly commute as well as stretch its legs to venture out on weekend road or gravel adventures.
A wide-range SRAM Apex/X7 drivetrain has the durability of mountain bike components on a drop-bar bike, and the mixed-tread Schwalbe G-ONE 35c tires provide speed and secure handling both on road and off. Tektro Spyre-C disc brakes provide all-condition performance and a unique reflective decal system helps keep you visible while riding at night.
Great new bike for exploring Vancouver Island. You can combine a paved road trip with a logging road trip to do a loop. Say from Parksville to Port Alberni on the pavement, then to Courtenay on the logging roads and return to Parksville on the pavement. Beyond Road – it’s that feeling you get when you peel off the pavement and explore that piece of dusty doubletrack that has always intrigued you. The all-new Gestalt 3 is ready to take you there, with our premium Series 4 triple-butted aluminum frame with a 142x12mm rear thru-axle and Naild’s innovative NavIt carbon fork with quick-release thru-axle. A SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain effectively transmits your power to the rear wheel through 11 speeds, while Rival hydraulic disc brakes instill confidence on the steepest descents in all conditions. Schwalbe G-ONE 30c, folding bead, tubeless-ready tires are mated to tubeless-ready rims for sublime performance on all surfaces. Integrated mounts make it easy to bolt on a rack and fenders for commuting or light touring, making the Gestalt 3 truly one of the most-versatile bikes in our lineup.