Best women's gravel bikes: Ultimate adventure bikes to take you off the beaten track

Best women's gravel bikes
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The best women’s gravel bikes will take you down the path less travelled and onto almost any terrain you want, thanks to their wider tyres and built-in compliance for a shock-absorbing and vibration-damping off-road adventure. With travel restrictions still in full force, there's no better time to explore your own backyard on a bike.

Gravel cycling has been booming for a while now, and for good reason: with the ability to cover multiple terrains while retaining much of the efficiency and low rolling resistance of a road bike, the best gravel bike can be the key to having your next great adventure. Be sure to check out our gravel ride essentials checklist, grab some women’s gravel cycling kit and gravel bike shoes, and put those gravel tyres to the ultimate test.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike