Best entry-level gravel bikes- Versatile options to head off-road

Best entry-level gravel bikes: Gravel roads in Colombia
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The best entry-level gravel bikes will allow you to get a taste of adventure cycling without the commitment required to go out and buy one of the best gravel bikes.

Our picks aren't necessarily the lowest priced - for that check out our pick of the best budget gravel bikes - but they are gravel bikes that will allow you to tackle the range of challenges that gravel riding presents, from bikepacking adventures to gravel bike racing or just exploring off the beaten road closer to home.

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes.
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 140 lb.
Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx