I find myself seriously jonesing for a gravel bike. I live in an area with a lot of scenic road riding, but smooth roads are busy ones. I have endless miles of dirt and mixed terrain roads that I love, but my road bike, which can only handle 28s, quickly flats on. (I can probably set it up so it won’t, but for various reasons, I’ll never be able to bomb those roads on that bike).
I rented various bikes this winter to explore, and I’m pretty firmly set that I’m looking for an AXS mullet build. That said, the moment you enter that world it gets expensive. I’ve never bought a new bike. I’m primarily a triathlete, and I race a 2006 P3C, my road bike is a 2015 Raleigh militis I built frame up. I lean hard towards race geometry, speed over comfort, I will not be bikepacking on this, 100 miles would be an extreme outlier.
That’s all an unnecessary windup to my question. I see the 3T Exploro, Pinarello Grevil, Cervelo Aspero, Canyon Grail, maybe the Cannondale supersix. Am I missing something I should be looking at? I’m gravitating towards the Exploro and pinarello, everything I read notes how expensive they are. That expense seems like the cost of doing business to get into the electronic world, but maybe not?
Anyway, advice, knowledge, or experience appreciated.