Gravel Bike vs Road Bike

Hi All.

I am hoping you can help me with a slight dilemma i have. I am looking to purchase a new bike to go alongside my tt bike for triathlon. The reason is that i do not want to always go on the tt bike in the winter and when conditions are not the greatest on the road.

I will be doing up to 5 hours on the road training for the ironman. However, i also want some versatility to be able to go on bridle pathways/light forest and gravel pathways. Nothing too major or technical as i will be with the mrs.

I know that i want two wheel sets. 1 for road and 1 for the gravel/wetter more comfy days.

Do i go with a gravel bike with extra road tyres or a road bike with gravel tyres. Bearing in mind the clearances etc. I do not want to drop a mortgage on the bike. I won’t be doing any crits or races in the future. If you have any examples and your opinion that would be great.

Keep training

Please review and use one of the many existing discussions:

I have similar thoughts to you…and have looked at the Santa Cruz stigmata with two different wheel sets

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