Top 5 – 2019 Gravel Bikes

Gravel bikes are no longer classed as a fad by anyone but the very grumpiest YouTube comentors.

Investment in developing new standalone models — including a number of very affordable bikes — by the biggest manufacturers out there is testament to this.

With this in mind and a deluge of new bikes released in the wake of EuroBike, we thought it was about time to round up the top five gravel bikes of 2018 and beyond.

Comments

DCassidy42 says:

Best Gravel Bike- Any Carbon 29er XC bike.

Daz the cyclist says:

Surely if you have a mountain bike and ride gravel roads you got the wrong bike?

John Cherry says:

Still the Salsa Vaya Apex, for me the perfect bike.

Ivan Ivanonvitch Ivanovsky says:

so, which modern xc-mtb has fender and rack mounts?

jubi laru says:

i have a carbon one and, after 7k km, i might say they are too stiff for off road and waaaay too soft for road. just buy a proper road bike that could handle 32mm tires if you re doing less than 10% of off roading, or a light fullsus if you like off roading a lot. Bloody marketing…

Nathan Budd says:

Why not actually state the tire clearance, rather than skirting round it for each bike?!

Sulayr Studio says:

“Top marketing bikes” do you mean

skoromny says:

Wait for new RONDO gravel bikes

kumite1984 says:

Was looking for something like this, thanks so much!

Question: do you think these type of gravelbikes (is this the cyclocross category btw?) work well on the roads if I change the tires to road? I’m no pro, just a wannabe biker, who wants to have fun on and off road spending only for one bike. Thanks 😉

vivoslibertos says:

Back to 650b just like Tom Rithcey said.

Jiří Jezdinský says:

Canyon Grail is sexiest gravel bike.

Hardcaslte says:

OK so now we have Laufe making a front suspension gravel bike, and in last place is taking a hard tail and putting dropbars on it. But God forbid someone mention the Cannondale Slate which is all of this and has been proven a success already, and still people shit all over it for some reason. I wouldn’t give up my Slate for any of these bikes on here.

Anthony Chapa says:

Cross bike that has clearance for 43s. I’ve got a 2019 TCX and it fits GravelKing SK 43s with room. That’s my cross and gravel rig right there. Checks all my boxes.

Laura McKee says:

Right. They start with aluminum and Cannondale. And Trek. Followers in the gravel category.

B Peek says:

you cant have a list of top gravel bikes without Salsa or Niner ….

Rowan West says:

theme owe colleague explosion revolutionary current cite remaining.

Taminem ba says:

3T Exploro LTD , S-Works diverge 2019 ???

j en says:

love the no bullshit approach

Anirudh S says:

I heard directly from Trek that the Domane ALR series is being discontinued in favor of Trek Checkpoint ALR. Eagerly awaiting a review of the Checkpoint series from BikeRadar.

Jia Heng says:

Are majority of the gravel bikes out there efficient enough for road riding ? Not comparing it to race bikes but at least enough to compare with a endurance road bike ?

A Life in Lycra says:

Unfortunately Canyon have removed the mudguard/fender mounts for the 2019 model.

yohidai says:

29×2.0=700x50c tyres are most versatile.
Surly Cutthroat.

diluteduk says:

Wider tyres and comfortable geometry… They’re hybrid bikes with drop bars

Mac J says:

Topstone, is the Pinnacle Arkose. With VAT and import duty added… 2500 cad for 105, no thanks

Dale Sides says:

If you have a top gravel bike video but only include mainstream road bike manufactures you don’t understand gravel bikes

Craig Paterson says:

I thought the caad x was a cyclocross bike ? however that new cannondale gravel bike does look good

Scareface Visuals says:

I have a mtb with rigid fork, the best option

137lll says:

Could you please make a video about the top steel gravel bikes?

A K says:

All these mtb naysayers lurking around talking trash about gravel bikes sound like Trump voters. Jealous haters, why are you so threatened? I thought the mtb community was supposed to have the least snobbish cycling culture 🙁

Emdsa the Youtuber says:

GT GRADE sram red.

Irvin Hoover says:

Those gaps are hideous! The caadx has too low BB, drags constantly.
I’m THE grumpiest Grinch of all !

Land Rover Stage One says:

What you said at the end is exactly what I did last year. Trek Superfly carbon frame with drop bars and a rigid fork is my gravel bike.

Zues Shamarn says:

Thank you for having the courage to make #5 one of your picks. I’ve quietly wondered that for awhile now.

Richard Hayter says:

Number 5 makes sense: there’s a grey area overlapping ‘gravel bike’ and ‘mountain bike’. Personally, my next new bike will be running 700×40-ish tyres, have a 2x compact chainset, 11-34 cassette, disc brakes, drop bars and have mudguard eyelets. Whether that’s called a ‘cross bike, gravel bike or mountain bike is kind of immaterial. (But it won’t have Lauf forks – they’re just too ugly.)

Nathan Johnson says:

Are you saying that the Trek Checkpoint will take a 650B wheel and tire? If so, I would like to see that.

HikerToo says:

Am I the only one who likes flat bars on bikes like these? I’ve switched my carbon road bike to flat bars, wider tires and 1x Ultegra , same with my Single Speed.

Rejick Mukherjee says:

The conclusion is what I would do

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