Trying to decide my next bike. Not being able to apply the N+1, because in my case N+1=D (D being divorce).
So I am trying to decide between a Gravel bike and a XC MTB. Where I live there’s not a ton of MTB trails that are not over 1h drive, but we do have Gravel roads into the western Sierras (around Sequoia National Park or Yosemite). I also like the idea of the gravel ride scene that seems to be popping everywhere.
Even If I bought a XC bike I doubt that I would be doing more than just easy trails and mostly gravel/fire roads. But I could enter Xterras or easier MTB races.
With that in mind, what bike would you rather have? more versatile XC but also limiting when doing “faster” gravel events? or just man up on the Gravel bike on those easier single tracks?