Been looking for a new bike for a while. I already have a 61cm size Jamis Renegade Expert but the frames getting little chunks taken out of it by rocks/stones etc. So I was considering getting an alloy gravel bike as I think it would be more durable and keep the Renegade for purely road use and the Gravel bike for gravel, winter road use and the trainer, so since lots of you are based in the USA and have far more experience of gravel bikes a few questions:
- Is you gravel to road bike fit the same to the contact points?
- I’ve noticed that many gravel bikes have shorter stems and longer top tubes - is this the norm?
- Do any of you use an AL gravel bike on the trainer - any negatives?
- Recommendations for bikes - looking at reasonable price points:
Have considered C/dale Topstone 105 in XL as reach stack match current, Canyon Grail but in XL top tube way too long, Orro Terra Gravel - but it only takes 35mm tyres. Guide to reach and stack would be about 405/640 though the reach depends on the stem too…
Be good to hear some suggestions so I can get something ordered. Have to say may of £1900, lower if possible and UK based. Wheels unimportant as have a good couple of sets already. I had considered that one bike would be good for everything but getting fed up of the frame getting damaged and when it’s away getting repaired difficulty of training…
Cheers and hope you’re all keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe.