Since my experience with bikes is limited, I figured I would try and get some advice from those who have plenty of time riding all sorts of setups. My “problem”: I don’t know what bike or what style to get. I currently have two bikes - a BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc One and a Cannondale Topstone Alloy 105. The Topstone is my gravel/ride around bike whereas the BMC is what I primarily ride. Looking to sell the BMC.
The issue is I really can’t pinpoint a style of bike. I like riding fast (who doesn’t), but the idea of being able to go offroad a bit is intriguing and I may be moving to Colorado soon where they have more dirt roads, spurring me to look for a road bike with more tire clearance than the BMC (28mm). From what I gather, most of those dirt/gravel roads would be fine running a road bike with 30-35mm tires compared to the 40mm I run on the Topstone for the Midwest gravel I currently ride on.
I’ve been going back and forth a lot between bikes like the Roubaix and Domane, as well as the SuperSix Evo and Canyon Ultimate. I don’t know if there’s a substantial difference between the endurance vs aero setup when it comes to the actual ride itself, as the BMC is more racy but I’ve ridden plenty of centuries on it with no comfort issues.
I guess my question/ask for anyone in the TR community is if they have a particular bike they find works great for multiple surfaces, or anything they would simply recommend?
If this post seems redundant to previous posts or is too niche, feel free to remove, thanks!