Gravel bikes are all the rage in 2017, and there’s still time to bag a great deal on one before the summer months arrive and the allure of those off-road trails becomes too much to resist. So we’ve rounded up the 5 best gravel bikes, or adventure bikes as some call them, available right now for under £750.
Specialized Diverge A1 2017 – RRP £725
Designed to tackle roads where you thought no bike could go, the Diverge A1’s premium aluminium frame features big tyre clearance and adventure-bound geometry to give confident, predictable handling across varied terrain. The Diverge comes with a carbon fork, which is compatible with the Specialized Plug + Play fenders for protection against the elements. A value focused Shimano Claris 2×8 group set is combined with Tektro Mira mechanical disk brakes.
Calibre Dark Peak – RRP £650
The Calibre Dark Peak is a true gravel bike at home on the road and off the beaten track. A smooth welded, double-butted 6061 alloy frame combined with a carbon fork is designed with long days in the saddle in mind. Three (!) sets of bottle cage mounts help keep you hydrated and racks can be added for extra cargo carrying. The Shimano Tiagra 10 speed drivetrain is linked to an FSA double crank set, and WTB ChrisCross 19 wheels are lined with 40mm WTB Nano tyres. Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes take care of stopping.
Marin Nicasio – RRP £700
The Marin Nicasio is part of Marin’s “Beyond Road” bikes. The double butted CroMo steel frame and fork boast tyre clearance up to 40mm to allow you to take any path you want, whether it be road or gravel. The fender eyelets and mechanical disk brakes make almost any terrain and weather manageable. Perhaps not hurricanes or Megavalanche, but you get our drift. Rack eyelets are provided for additional load carrying on longer adventures. A Shimano Claris group set provides a wide range of gears to cope with varied terrain. The Nicasio is supplied with Promax Render 160mm mechanical disc brakes.
Kona Rove AL – £669
The Kona Rove AL is designed to be the bike for every ride. The butted 6061 aluminium frame and fork has a comfortable geometry for long rides while also being capable of tackling a local CX race. Large tyre clearance and compact gearing from the Shimano Claris drivetrain are built to cope when the terrain changes. Hayes L Series 160mm mechanical brakes give good stopping power through Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tyres.
Giant Toughroad SLR 2 – RRP £725
Developed from the Giant mountain biking range, the Toughroad is about big adventure on unpredictable terrain. A lightweight ALUXX SLR frame and 700c wheels provide a tough, agile chassis which smoothes out the terrain when combined with wide tyres. Pannier and rack mounts allow this bike to be loaded up for bikepacking adventures. A Shimano Acera 3×9 drivetrain provides wide gearing for all terrains while a quality set of Shimano 315 hydraulic disc brakes give unparalleled stopping power and modulation for this price point.