Underlying the growing popularity of gravel bikes are the notions of versatility and adventure. With a properly designed bicycle frame and the right components — including disc brakes and wider tires — you will be free to take on whatever road you choose, on and off the pavement. The best gravel bikes are all-around performers, combining power transfer, agility and riding comfort, as well as offering superior traction and stability on any surface.
The accommodation of tires (up to 700x45c), combined with the longer-range nature of gravel / adventure ride, result in a frame design that typically features a relatively longer wheelbase and a more upright, sustainable riding position. Whether you are looking to occasionally ride off the tarmac, or are seeking to ride mostly off the beaten path, the best gravel bike can get you there and deliver loads of fun along the way.