Cyclocross and Gravel Bikes

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For those who want a fun ride and to not be held back by road's surface, these bikes are for you. Cyclocross and gravel bikes are made for off the beaten track - a bike for explorers. Go forth and conquer!

The best thing about these bikes are their ability to do pretty much everything. They make good road bikes as they're sporty, light and share a similar geometry, indeed it's quite common for folk to use them as their 'winter bike.' Larger tyres allow for more grip and comfort in the colder months and obviously when the road runs out, you can carry on going with no fear!

Our cyclocross bikes come in both aluminum and carbon at the racier end for performance riding; or steel, if you are seeking a more versatile and resilient all rounder for commuting or exploring with or without luggage.

Cyclecross bikes describe the more traditional racing variant and they are characterised by closer ratio gearing - clustered around the middle range, with many brands now switching over to so-called 'one-by' systems. The common features of classic cyclocross bikes are:

  • Aluminium and carbon frames

  • 32-35mm tyres with an off-road tread

  • Disc or cantilever brakes

  • Road bike drop bars and controls

  • Non-compact frame design so the bike can be 'shouldered' during races.

Gravel bikes describe a newer variant, designed to be more versatile - generally with wider ratio gearing and luggage and mudguard mounts....

  • Framesets in all types of material - aluminium, carbon, titanium or steel

  • 32-42mm tyres with  smooth or semi off-road tread

  • Disc brakes

  • Road bike drop bars and controls

  • Compact and semi-compact frame designs

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Cycle Heaven 5 point scale:

5
Lycra obligatory
4
Lycra necessary
3
Lycra optional
2
No lycra here
1
Going nowhere fast

5
Your Renaissance bike
4
Jack of all trades and master of some
3
Jack of all trades, better at some than others
2
Master of one, jack of another
1
Highly adapted – master of one

5
Well equipped and capable
4
High level of equipment with hub or derailleur gears
3
Half way practical
2
Sporty bikes that will take mudguards
1
Not a practical bike, so go have fun!