a friend of mine, who has been a very casual mountain biker so far, wants to venture a little bit towards the slightly “roadier” side of bikes and get a gravel bike.
His budget is €2,5k - he’s found a Trek Domane SL5 that would be set up with a GRX400 groupset. He also found a Cannondale Topstone Carbon with GRX810 for the same price.
He definitely doesn’t want the ride to be too harsh and position too aero.
Another consideration is that the Trek would be at a LBS, which is a plus. The Cannondale is an offer he found on the interwebs. Weight isn’t too much of a concern of his.
What would you get facing this decision and why?