Unpaved roads, gravel and dirt. For these bikes absolutely no problem.
Even unpaved roads and paths will be mastered.
Does your way to work or your favourite track also lead along gravel paths that are difficult to pass with a road bike? Then a gravel bike is just the right bike for you. Optimised for the road and unpaved paths, the Gravel bike masters every challenge with you.
What is a Gravelbike?
A gravel bike is a bike that can be classified between a racing bike and a cyclocross bike. The Gravel bike is built to be fast and comfortable on paved roads as well as on gravel roads. The frame and fork are often prepared with eyelets for additional luggage. So luggage racks, bags, bottles and lights can be mounted properly, ideal for longer tours and travels. The tyres also differ from the racing and cyclocross wheels. The Gravel tires are much bigger but do not have a profile as big as on a Cyclocross bike. The tyres must have good rolling properties but also perform well on off-road terrain.
How to find the right frame size for your gravel or cyclocross bike.
First of all you should measure your inseam length, because the body height alone is often too inaccurate to determine the frame size. For this you need a scale and a spirit level. If you do not have a spirit level, you can also use a large book.
Now take off your shoes and trousers - yes, the trousers too, because they can strongly influence the measurement result. If you have a spirit level, pull it up as horizontally as possible between your legs. It works the same with a book, but you should stand against a door or wall so that the upper side of your book is parallel to the floor. Now measure with the scale from the floor to the upper side of the spirit level or book. The value you have now determined is your so-called inseam length or inseam height.
Now you have to multiply this value by the factor 0.67 to get your frame size. With a inseam length of 80cm you need a frame with the size 54cm (80cm x 0.67=53.6cm).
If the calculated size is between two available frame sizes, you can apply the following rule.
- For a more agile, sporty ride, choose the smaller frame.
- For a smoother, tour-oriented ride, choose the larger frame.