How the explosion of the gravel market is reshaping cycling

gravel bike heat ride
(Image credit: Reblex - Llewellyn Lloyd)

Gravel bikes are not a fad, and this is being proven by the continual evolution of gravel-specific tech such as the best gravel bikes, the evermore common occurrence of pro cyclists changing discipline, proving they are able to earn a living in this segment, and the impressive prize purses on offer, such as the new Life Time Grand Prix series. 

For a long time, the only intermediate bikes between tarmac and gravel were mostly tourers. Bikes for riders who had the patience to meticulously attach frame bags and panniers, scheduled for days of pedalling that would require sections of gravel riding. 

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