Road Vs Gravel Bike - Is A Gravel Bike Really Any Slower? | GCN Does Science

Published on October 8th 2017


How slow are gravel bikes on the road? Si and Matt do some “damp science” to discover the difference between a gravel bike and a road bike.

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With gravel bikes being commonly used as commuter or winter bikes, Si and Matt wanted to find out how slow they are when they’re ridden on the road. Using a short road loop in the stunning Dolomites, Si and Matt put a gravel bike up against their normal road bikes. The difference, as it turns out, is surprisingly small, but which is the quickest?

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