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  • Don’t hate me (new gravel bike)
  • MarkyG82
    Full Member

    Upcoming birthday and other half is offering money towards a new bike.
    Kaffenback was old 10 years ago when I got the frame off here. Needs to be replaced.
    As my “main bike” is a long travel trail bike I’ve been looking at a chunky tyres gravel bike. Something like the Ribble cgr 725. Any reason I should be looking at ali? Not going carbon for budget reasons. Any other bikes I should be looking at in £1.5-2k region? Sticking to the Ribble range is the gravel a better bet for a mountain biker? I do have a set of 650 wheels I can use if I want more rubber than 700 offers.
    Also happy building a bike.

    andos
    Full Member

    Mason Bokeh

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/gravel-adventure-bikes/on-one-free-ranger

    £1800.00

    & I’ve got 650b x 50mm tyres on it.

    jodafett
    Full Member

    Mason Bokeh

    of which I have a lovely 54cm frame in beautiful Filter Green for sale to someone with size 8 feet or less!

    nre
    Free Member

    Wiggle/CRC have some good prices on various Rondo Ruut variants at the mo…
    https://www.wiggle.co.uk/bikes?s=ruut&ris=1&o=2

    tourismo
    Full Member

    I recently bought a Cotic Cascade and absolutely love it!

    superstu
    Free Member

    Sonder Camino or nukeproof digger both within budget.

    The top end digger comes with decent dt swiss wheels and looks good value. Sonder are always good value and the Camino is a pretty versatile bike. I have a Camino and really rate it and the latest version is a bit more mtb-y with dropper routing and more aggressive off road geometry changes

    Having said that I’m also a fan of a rigid mountain bike albeit they’re not as popular as gravel bikes. Worse on road but better off. Depends on your compromises really but both can be great fun.

    eyestwice
    Full Member

    I was recently tempted by a CGR. But realistically I don’t put enough road miles on to choose that over the gravel.

    So that’s your first decision really.

    Ended up with a Cannondale Topstone which was crazy good value. More importantly, it was available immediately. Ribble have quite a backlog.

    I’d still like a Ribble Gravel though.

    jimdubleyou
    Full Member

    If you can wait, I’ve got a canyon Grizal which I really like.

    Mine’s Carbon, you’d be able to get the same frame with GRX 400 for £2k or the AL version with GRX810 for £1800 ish

    mikertroid
    Free Member

    I was recently tempted by a CGR. But realistically I don’t put enough road miles on to choose that over the gravel.

    I have a Ribble CGR which was intended to replace a Pinnacle Arkose, which I haven’t got round to selling….😎

    Anyhoo, the CGR makes a very good account of itself off-road. Maybe ever so slightly livelier than the Arkose, but definately fits the bill of a great all-rounder and is a fine gravel bike.

    MarkyG82
    Full Member

    There’s a shop near me with some discounted topstones in stock. I’ll go take a look next week.
    That on-one looks a bit racey for me. Unless I’m seeing it wrong?
    Sonder looks nice. Will take a closer look tomorrow. Same for the nukeproof.
    My MTB is a canyon spectral and I had a bit of an issue with their customer service so I’ll leave that one thanks.

    Edit: forgot to thank everyone…… thanks!

    dc1988
    Full Member

    My research suggests gravel tyres don’t go larger than 50c so if you can fit 700×50 then there’s no point in 650b

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    I got a focus atlas back in November and now ride it more than anything else.

    Puts the fear back into bridleways..

    jimdubleyou
    Full Member

    My MTB is a canyon spectral and I had a bit of an issue with their customer service so I’ll leave that one thanks.

    It’s a shame they can’t get that right more often as their bikes are really good.

    superstu
    Free Member

    I hear you on canyon…reason I got a Camino was because after nine months of waiting for a canyon grail it arrived with a dent in the top tube and numerous scratches. They offered me £50 which was less than the postage and all signing cardboard box that was meant to prevent said damage. They also wouldn’t replace they would only refund and make me order again, at the new price that had gone up £200 and which had another 8 month wait.

    Not the best service.

    superstu
    Free Member

    Ps quite like the look of the ragley trig in purple with tan walls but that may be because I grew up with bikes in the 1990’s

    tenfoot
    Full Member

    I’ve been pretty happy with my Giant Revolt. Feels a lot more solid than the Arkose it replaced.

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    I went full CX bike when I was gravel curious. For what it lacks in tyre clearance (it still takes 40mm tyres) it more than makes up for it with its fitness flattering sheer speed on twisty singletrack.

    Modern aluminum frames are very good and only about half a kilo heavier than the carbon equivalent.

    I’d look to trying a few out as gravel bikes seem to be getting as wide in its subgenre types as mountain bikes.

    ads678
    Full Member

    I recently bought a Cotic Cascade and absolutely love it!

    I’ve just finished building one up, only had a test ride on it so far but it feels good. Hopefully get a proper ride tomorrow.

    Was also thinking about getting a ti Camino, but just like the extra gnarlyness of the Cascade.

    damascus
    Free Member

    I have a ribble cgr sl with 2x 105.

    Mainly use it as my road bike. Im getting similar times on that as the road bike it replaced.

    I’ve a 2nd set of wheels with 40mm tyres as I can still fit mudgaurds with them. They will fit a 50mm tyre with no guards.

    I find the gearing a bit hard on climbs sometimes but it’s handled some very technical off road.

    Its marginally faster than my rigid scandal with mtb tyres over 40 miles of mixed technical terrain but not as much fun downhill and a rougher ride.  But as its also my road bike I’m very impressed with it.

    If your doing mainly gravel I’d buy this instead but with 700c wheels. Has the 3 bolt carbon fork for bike packing but I’m not blown away with the colour scheme although they do a raw ti version 🤔

    https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-gravel-al-sport/

    If your doing mainly road with some gravel buy the cgr

    Or go for a rigid Mtb like a carbon on one whippet? At £900 or £1100 with better gears and upgrade the wheels.

    dc1988
    Full Member

    I would also add that I’m really enjoying gravel riding, I got a Pinnacle Arkose on cycle to work recently and it’s been great on local bridleways, I’m not in a hilly area so my MTB is overkill but the gravel bike keeps it more interesting. I bought a set of road wheels so I can easily switch from gravel to road.

    funkmasterp
    Full Member

    The Planet X/Titus Goldrush looks good. I’ve got the new version of the Fireline and I’m very impressed with the quality for the price.

    monkeysfeet
    Free Member

    Recommend what you own – I have a Spesh Diverge. Nice bike- mine is the Alloy version, but I upgraded the wheels and went to 10 x 1 with a wolftooth front ring.
    Its lovely on and off road.

    jezzep
    Full Member

    Hey,

    Just ordered a Nukeproof Digger Comp. I’ll let you know how I get on with it, when it arrives. Btw Chainreactioncycles.com have a sale of them on:

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/nukeproof-digger-comp-alloy-bike-2022/rp-prod202649

    A word on the sonder with GRX groupset. They are taking orders for delivery in December? Bit weird to be honest the Nukeproof looked better value and on sale, what’s not to like.

    JeZ

    Alex
    Full Member

    I have a digger – good choice. Last years model with DT Swiss wheels and dropper. All I’ve done is put some wider bars on it. It’s been great fun riding easy trails here. Also did a pretty big loop around CyB and was perfect for that. Not the lightest or the fastest on road with the 47mm tyres but a brilliant all rounder.

    Replaced my Planet X Tempest which was a far better mile muncher but nowhere near as much fun off road.

    jonnyfelloff
    Free Member

    Vitus Substance might be worth a look. For £1300 up you’ll have carbon fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and Shimano GRX 2×11 group set or Sram 1×12. I use mine as a commuter mainly but there is a section of very rough unmaintained road / farm track on the route that I’m chasing a KOM on.

    reformedfatty
    Free Member

    I have just been through the same dilemma and selection after my Arkose got stolen. I chose the Vitus Substance VR-2 in the end – the other suggestions here were all in the mix and decent bikes, it just came down to the stupid FSA bottom brackets that all the others came with – only compatible with FSA cranks, and last about 5 minutes in my experience. The Vitus has a shimano BB with the GRX crankset.

    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    I’ve got a Ragley Trig and think it’s ace. The usual 1×11 Shimano GRX with hydraulic brakes, carbon forks, decent finishing kit and they were discounted at CRC last time I looked.

    snotrag
    Full Member

    I have a V3 Camino, I love it and ride it a lot. To the point where I think i might upgrade to something a bit fancier soon.

    I’m not in a hilly area so my MTB is overkill but the gravel bike keeps it more interesting.

    Ditto – too flat where I live and the ‘good’ bits are too far apart for a good MTB ride, hence my Sonder Camino is ideal.

    I’d look to trying a few out as gravel bikes seem to be getting as wide in its subgenre types as mountain bikes.

    100% this.

    Personally I have little to zero interest in loading masses of kit onto a bike and riding it halfway round the country. I use my gravel bike as a 1-3hr cleanser, fast, light, smash it along bridleways as fast as I dare, get tucked in and try to do road bike speeds when on tarmac, dive it off kerbs etc through the villages.

    My next one will be more along the lines of things like the Nukeproof Digger or the Carbon Diverge – nice and long, good tyre clearance, but light and fast as opposed to sturdy. I wish there more Gravel bikes not riddled with mounts and bolt holes on every tube, adjustable dropouts etc all I need is a single bottle cage!

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    I wish there more Gravel bikes not riddled with mounts and bolt holes on every tube, adjustable dropouts etc all I need is a single bottle cage!

    i think you have just invented the CX bike..

    ampthill
    Full Member

    Lots of good sensible answers here

    I think aluminium is fine

    i have an old Arkose with a steel fork. Which is stupid. But I think the steel forks flexs well.

    Other options to those abobe

    Sonder do the Santiago Tour if you want steel. It has space for 47mm 650b

    Sonder Santiago

    The kinesis Trispter AT look great with slight better tyre clearance

    https://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/Catalogue/Models/Adventure/Tripster-AT

    Buy now £900 which seems crazy

    geomickb
    Free Member

    This has got me thinking. Do I need an Escapade?

    ads678
    Full Member

    Escapade doesn’t have the tyre clearance for me. 50mm in 650b fair enough, but I want 50mm in 700c these days.

    Thats why I ended up with a Cascade, even morerer space for big tyres. Get that not everyone needs that though. I’m not trying to get a 90s mtb with it, just makes sense for me for rutted up bridleway bashing.

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Fustle causeway https://ukgravelco.com/fustle-causeway-gr1-review/

    Fearless warlock if you are capable of building a bike yourself
    Fearless Warlock Frameset Review

    Above mentioned cascade but that’s more mtb than grav
    Cotic Cascade Review

    Left field, ghost grappler
    Surly Ghost Grappler Review

    Puts the fear back into bridleways..

    Ha! Best way to describe a gravel bike 🤣

    Bazz
    Full Member

    There’s some well priced bikes over at Merlin cycles at the moment. Personally i’d go for aluminium if i couldn’t stretch to carbon fibre, that said i do see the appeal of steel, but personally i think the weight would end up bugging me for what I use theses types of bike for, and Merlin have a steel model available as well.

    https://www.merlincycles.com/wilier-jaroon-grx-steel-gravel-bike-227561.html

    https://www.merlincycles.com/wilier-jareen-grx-alloy-gravel-bike-190123.html

    https://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-malt-g2x-grx-gravel-bike-2022-197443.html

    s1m0n
    Full Member

    +1 for Vitus Substance. Great fun off road and not too shabby on it. I’ve got the 2020 CRX version (carbon, 1x and 650B wheels) although I’ve switched from the SRAM gears to GRX (much betterer).
    Took it to the Alps a few weeks ago and it coped brilliantly with some alpine gravel but also was fine on some of the road climbs.

    DrJ
    Full Member

    I was recently tempted by a CGR. But realistically I don’t put enough road miles on to choose that over the gravel.

    So that’s your first decision really.

    Ended up with a Cannondale Topstone which was crazy good value. More importantly, it was available immediately. Ribble have quite a backlog.

    I was also looking at the CGR, noting that it’s supposed to be available soon, but also noting a lot of unhappy people on the Ribble twitter page complaining about mega-delays, so I started to look, as I guess you did, at what is available right now, and came across the Topstone. The reviews I’ve seen describe the Topstone as a road-ish bike. Does that match your experience? Is it more “road-y” than the CGR?

    jezzep
    Full Member

    @drj have you looked at the vitus, kenesis, merlin, nukeproof bikes?
    Maybe worth a look, if here and now is what you are looking for 😉

    JeZ

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    I don’t understand why you would wait for a ribble when others are in stock and in some cases discounted.

    DrJ
    Full Member

    I don’t understand why you would wait for a ribble when others are in stock and in some cases discounted.

    You’re right. I started looking at the Ribble from good reviews and recommendations here, and it is supposed to be available more or less now. I was put off a bit by hearing of experiences, some from Twitter and one from my sister-in-law, that all revolved around non-delivery, so I decided to cast my net wider and I’m grateful for the suggestions; Vitus especially looks interesting!!

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