What is gravel?
A gravel bike, also known as an off-road road bike, is a type of bike designed to ride on a variety of surfaces, including gravel roads, gravel roads, forest paths or even asphalt. Gravel bikes are derived from road bikes, but are typically equipped with wider tires (and sometimes suspension) and more durable frames (often steel) to handle rough terrain.
Gravel bikes are usually lighter and faster than mountain bikes, but more durable than traditional road bikes. They often have drop-bar handlebars like those used on road bikes, but with a more upright riding position for more comfort on long rides.
Gravel bikes are perfect for people who want to combine road riding with riding on gravel and forest paths, or for those who are looking for a more versatile bike for their daily commute or just hanging around the neighborhood.
Why are gravel bikes so popular?
Multifunctionality: Gravel bikes are able to cope with various terrain conditions – from asphalt to gravel roads and forest paths. They have wider tires than traditional road bikes, which means they are more durable and can overcome various obstacles without problems.
Comfort: Gravel bikes, due to their geometry and position – on a gravel bike it is usually more vertical than on a road bike, they are very comfortable and allow for hours of riding in varied terrain
Versatility: Gravel bikes are a great choice for people who want to use one bike for a variety of tasks. They can be used for recreational riding, training, as well as for everyday driving to work or shopping.
Trend: In recent years, gravel bikes have become a very fashionable choice in the cycling world. They gained a lot of popularity thanks to gravel bicycle races and long-distance trips, which are becoming more and more popular.
Gravel bikes are popular due to their multi-functionality, comfort, versatility and cycling trends. In the Hultaj manufactory, we make steel and steel-carbon gravel bikes, gravelove frames and farm sets.