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Gravel Bikes & Cyclocross Bikes

Gravel Bikes & Cyclocross bikes are the bikes that can take you beyond where the road ends. The line is beginning to blur between what defines a cyclocross bike and what defines a gravel bike, but both have similar characteristics. They both have drop bars, knobby tires, and are built for dirt yet draw their technology and components from road bikes, but cyclocross and gravel both also have their defining characteristics. Cross bikes are made for cross racing and thus have to fit within UCI regulations for what defines a cyclocross bike. Gravel bikes are made for adventure and are not restricted by anything other than the bike designer’s imagination.

Gravel Bikes are some of the funnest bikes that a cyclist can own. They are not subject to traditional racing design restrictions so that they can have addition tire clearance for super wide, comfortable tires, or even a 650b option. Higher tire volume tires combined with relaxed head tube angles, sloped top tubes, and lower bottom bracket heights make for a much more comfortable and stable rig meant for multi terrain rides. Gravel bikes do not take the place of mountain bikes as they are still designed around a road bike platform, but they are the type of bike that you’ll find yourself riding more and more of as they beg to be taken on an adventure. Some defining elements of a gravel bike are drop bars, hydraulic disc brakes, and rack mounts. These allow it to be tailored to your specific desired use. Whether that be a more comfortable and capable race bike, something to just cruise the local gravel paths, or an ultimate adventure bike for a multi-day bikepacking trips. Heading out for a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks, a gravel bike is a perfect choice. Gravel bikes are available in high quality carbon, steel and aluminium frame options. While not ideal for road riding, these bikes make a great alternative to having a full-on road bike.

Cyclocross Bikes are very similar to elite road bikes in that they are mostly built to race. We say mostly because cyclocross bikes are not all built to be super lightweight, rigid, and only have speed in mind. One thing that all cyclocross bikes do share is that they are designed to be ridden on or off-road. They have knobby tires that are wider than slick road tires to ensure that they are capable off-road machines, and they tend to have a little more relaxed geometry from road bikes to help take the edge off the roots, ruts, and bumps that you’ll find on cyclocross courses. Cyclocross bikes can be ridden on the road and for that reason, they are one of the more versatile bikes that you can buy. Cyclocross bikes are typically made with aluminum frames or carbon frames and often come with disc brakes. If you're in a cyclocross race, the last thing you want is for your brakes to fail you. For those seeking a true challenge, cross bikes are also available in single speed form.

Jenson USA has a wide selection of cyclocross bikes & gravel bikes for sale. Whether you're eyeing the world cup, looking to ride some gravel roads, or just looking at cruising around, we have the bike for you. We try our best to make finding your dream bike as easy as possible. We are riders just like you and we know how important selecting a great cyclocross or gravel bike is. If you have any questions at all hop on a call or a chat with one of our expert Gear Advisors today at 888-880-3811 so that we can help you find that perfect cyclocross or gravel bike.