Gravel bike vs Road bike: One bike for fun and occasional gravel race



I’m planning to sell my road bike and upgrade to a nicer gravel bike ($4-7K) with a different set of wheels for gravel and road. Would be interested in forum’s experience and thoughts with different gravel bikes. True Grit from Lauf looks like fun, but does it ride well on the road? How about the Specialized Diverge?


I did the same thing. Purchased a 2018 Scott Gravel 20 and a second wheel set (nicer set than what came stock). I can ride asphalt with 28mm slicks, gravel and cross. So far have been very pleased. I even added a 4iiii crank power meter so I can now measure power on all my rides.


Check out the Open UP/UPPER. They can be built up to UCI weight limit (if you got deep pockets) and are the perfect Swiss army knife, do all, road/gravel machine.

Little expensive tho


My winter bike is a Kinesis Tripster AT that I have a set of gravel wheels and a set of road wheels and it works great for me. It is set up more for offroad than road, with flared drops and a slightly more relaxed position than my road bike - I don’t mind this for the kind of riding I tend to do in winter but I definitely prefer going back to the road bike if I want to ride fast.

It’s probably worth thinking about what your mix of road/gravel will be and what compromises you’re happy to make to suit each type of riding.


If I could only have 1 bike I’d seriously consider the Allied Allroad. Check out this review of Allen Lim’s(The Skratch Labs guy) bike.

And from personal experience my Diamondback Haanjo is great with road tires on it. The difference between this bike and my road bike is only noticeable when riding them back to back.


I exclusively rode a Cannondale CAADX for almost two years. Have two separate wheelsets for it (road and gravel).

I recently picked up a CAAD12 as my main road bike, but I honestly still prefer the CAADX for everything except for speed. The 12 is definitely faster (though not by a tremendous amount) but the X is far more comfortable and versatile. It’s still my endurance, recovery, bad weather, and gravel rig anyway.


I have a Salsa Warbird and was planning on getting a road wheelset but I haven’t really needed to. When I go on group road rides I’ve just added extra air pressure. I’m sure someday I’ll get that second wheelset.

My wife has a new Specialzed Diverge and is in the same boat, both are great all-around bikes.

If money were no object I would seriously look at the Open UP or Moots.


I built up a Santa Cruz Stigmata a couple years ago and despite considering myself mainly a triathlete it’s become my favorite bike. I’ve got two sets of wheels; one with a set of 40cm gravel tires and the other with a set of 30cm road tires. Both are tubeless and I really like switching back and forth between the two and using the bike for both road and gravel rides. With the 40cm tires it handles all types of dirt with ease. It’s of course great on gravel, but is also great on non technical single track. I set it up as a 1x and have a XT di2 rear mech and it shifts great both on the road and the dirt.

I also use the bike for occasional cross races and it works great for me. Not a full on cross race machine like a Crux, but for me it’s all about the tires. If it’s dry I use the 40cm gravel tires and if it’s wet I swap them out for a set of 35cm mud tires. I know there are better choices for “racing” cross, but I do it just for fun and the Stigmata works great for me.

On the road side of things It’s definitely not a racing bike, but I still like taking it out on a group ride with the 30cm tires and other then running out of gears (because of my 1x setup) while descending it does a great job as a road bike too.

It’s a really versatile bike and I honestly couldn’t be happier with it.


That’s what my SuperX is…I ride road centuries on it, commute sometimes, even head out for fast ride on the road wheelset with 28c tubeless with an 11-36 cassette and then slap on the Allroad Pro wheels, 40c tubeless, and 9-46 TRS Race cassette for gravel and CX…


I’ve got an Open U.P and use it for Gravel, CX rides and racing and road during winter, with a set of 700s and a set of 650s and it is fantastic.

Really can’t recommend it highly enough.