Gravel Bike vs Road Bike – What’s The Difference? GCN’s Epic Gravel Ride

Gravel Bike vs Road Bike – What’s The Difference? GCN’s Epic Gravel Ride


♪ [music] ♪ – [Matt] What can a gravel bike do that a
road bike can’t? Well, we’re going to find out the answer to that very question
whilst tackling a gravel epic ride. – [Dan] Yeah, that’s right. It seems that
somehow Si has managed to persuade Matt that what he’s been missing in all these
decades of riding a bike is a gravel bike, and not just because it’s got
double-sided pedals will make it easier for him to click in. – [Simon] I think I can persuade
you too by the end of the day. I’ve been wanting to explore these
mountains in Mid Wales for a long, long time. So what I’ve done is consider
this a good excuse to do just that. So I’ve got a little route, some nice road
riding, some effort gravel riding and we will find out exactly what a road
bike can’t do that a gravel bike can. How many inches you got today, Dan? – Oh, I’ve put in, you know, kind
of… I put 6 inch same as normal. – Same as normal. ♪ [music] ♪ – If you’ve got the feeling that I’m a
little bit skeptical about all road bikes, then you’d be right. So I’m going to
tackle Si’s so called epic ride on my road bike while Matt and Si is going
to ride their new Ridley X-Trails. They’re kind of like road bikes
but with clearance for wider tires, a bit more stability, practicality and
Sram 1X Drivetrain for reliability. – All right then, Dan, first of all
let’s tackle the road question, just how much faster is your road bike? Well,
our X-Trail’s have got 40 millimeter-wide tires on there whilst your road bike,
obviously, has 28. Now, a greater width in itself doesn’t really add much rung
resistance. So we’re not going to be losing out too much here. We do, however,
have a bit of tread on there so that is going to add a bit of extra resistance,
admittedly. Although, I am pretty sure that tread is going to come in
handy. You punctured yet, Dan? – No. You punctured yet? – No. How about now? – No. Look, seriously I’m
fine. Just stop bothering me. – Actually, skinny road tires on gravel
like this are far more puncture resistant than you might think. We’ve actually
shared that before, but puncture resistance is only just
part of the equation. – That’s right. Tire pressure is the
other, and see, Dan is probably having to run about a hundred PSI in his tires in
order to avoid pinch flats. And hopefully, touch wood, it’s going to be quite
successful, but what about comfort? You see, Matt and I have got about 40
PSI in our tires. That’s about three bar, meaning that although they still roll
very well on tarmac, they are now also comfortable on gravel. – And it’s not just about comfort,
because me and Si are running on lower tire pressure, it means we get a
lot more traction both uphill and down. You get punctured yet, Dan? – Sod off. ♪ [music] ♪ – All right, I’m going to admit it, I’m
normally very happy to use my road bike on short gravel sections how
they…whatever really. I mean, did I mention that I once finished top 10
outside of Yonker? Yeah, I probably did. But the route that Si has designed for us
today certainly isn’t one that’s meant for road bikes. So whilst here, Matt really
aren’t suffering any extra at all on the asphalt road, when we get off-road,
I’m rattling about like a gooda. – He’s got a fair bit of pace, isn’t he? – Do you think he can stop? – I’m not sure. We’ll soon find out. – Enjoyed that, Dan? – Yeah, I’m loving it. Where
are we going to next, Si? – Set, just that way mate. – All right, come on then. ♪ [music] ♪ – Right, well according to Si, we are now
coming towards the end of this God awful ride. Now I have to say, I’ve been
pretty impressed with the way that this road-specific machine has held up
over some fairly rough off-road terrain. In all honestly though, I’ve had quite a
good fun this day. I’m starting to see the idea behind these gravel bikes. It’s been
quite enjoyable, which is a new play too that you haven’t done this over quite
sometime. I just wonder though, if actually I might have enjoyed it
a little bit more on one of those. – Yeah, I think you would. Definitely.
Now, although this is a durable bike, I personally wouldn’t trade my fast road
bike for this. But then there are plenty of people out there for whom I
think this would be the perfect bike. It’s a little bit more comfortable and
it’s a little bit more stable even if you don’t take anywhere near gravel.
It’s got slightly more stable handling. It can fit longer mud guards. You
got slightly more reliability from your hydraulic brakes, and also
you’re one bi-groupset. – I think it’s worth adding as
well that it feels really niffy. It feels very, very fast, in fact,
and to me the bike has the feel, has more related to a road bike
than a cross bike, in fact. Anyway, you fancy giving that a nudge? – I think we should. I say, last one
to the town sign buys the pints, and let’s be honest, nothing says
epic gravel ride better than a sprint. Let’s go. – Cheat! ♪ [music] ♪ – That’s such a [inaudible 00:06:52]. – There’s no tires. ♪ [music] ♪ – Well, I think this is going to be a
rather fitting end to a quite epic ride. So cheers, lads. – Cheers. – Cheers. – I’m not cheersing that glass. – I’ll cheers, mate, don’t worry. – Anyway, our last epic ride, mine and
yours, Si, was Colle delle Finestre remember that one? Over in Italy. Eight
Ks of gravel roads. Arguably the finest, most beautiful, spectacular climb
I’ve ever seen. And in Italian, it means, “Window to the world”.
If you fancy watching that video, click just up here. – That was beautiful actually. – Thanks, mate. – Now, if tech is more your bag,
then if you click down there, then you get through to a video about Sram
1x we’ve been riding all day today, and Neil’s at the launch of their product,
you can get a load more information just down there. – Yeah, and if you’ve enjoyed this video,
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got to do is click on one of us gnarly gravel grinders. – I like that. – Groad riders. – That’s going to catch on. – Who’s paying for this anyway? And who’s
paying for my first one more importantly? – Oh, it’s not me. I haven’t
got my wallet actually. – Yeah, sorry mate.