Gravel Bike Vs Cyclo-Cross Bike | What Really Is The Difference?
The cyclocross bike is the original off road, drop bar bike. A versatile bike that can ride on road, and off. Back in the day, they had knobbly 25mm wide tyres, powerful cantilever brakes, which were so ineffective that a cross race was about 40% running. As you can see, they have evolved.
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They have wider tyres than road bikes, for more grip and more comfort, they are a little taller to give greater pedal clearance for when riding off road, they have slightly more stable handling so that you can keep control when sliding around in slippery or lose conditions.
But now, there’s a new off road bike in town. The gravel bike. Wider, grippier tyres than a road bike, geometry that makes it easier, safer and more fun to ride in lose conditions, more comfort, either from the frame, or the components on them…
Hang on a minute, wider tyres, more stable geometry, longer wheelbase, comfortable… That’s what mine’s got. You could be forgiven for wondering then, just what on earth the difference between a cross bike and a gravel bike really is.
Canyon have kindly lent us an example of each, their Inflite cross bike and their Grail gravel bike, so we can really get to grips with this issue, one that’s really important to a lot of you out there looking at their next bike purchase. It’s going to be tough Si, riding these two brand new bikes on the finest dirt that the Dolomites has to offer isn’t it? Well it might be for you, given that off road is pretty new territory for you right? Yes, I would describe myself as thoroughly green. It will be particularly interesting to get our two different perspectives on it. Mine, fresh, yours, more experienced.
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Let’s be honest Canyon make some seriously fugly bikes lol
I don’t see any difference at all.
"ok, should we ride the bikes then dad?" I’m dying😂😂
There are literally thousands of these British GCN videos. In fact the volume is …wait for it… MASSIVE! Yet with the dodgy (that means crappy in English) weather in UK, might I venture to say that there are more hours spent watching biking videos, than actually riding bikes? Its ok, in America, we do the same thing with fishing.
If only I could afford one!
There is no any gravel bikes. Cyclocross bikes exist.
A comment two years later. Cyclocross bike vs Gravel bike is like TT vs. Trathlon bike. Why not say it clearly then? UCI compliant vs. modern research driven. Result: Less comfortable vs. more comfortable, or physically more demanding vs physically more efficient or more traditional vs. simply better…
XC bikes with shitty geometry and handlebars
I’m still laughing at "What a stupid sport"😂😂😂
My choice is an XC-bike. That just looks awkward…
8:04 "oh shi…" 🤣
i am getting my mid range gravel bike in a few days from now. giving up my downhill bike. but i am keeping my road bike 😀
This looks a lot like the Italian Dolomites and more precisely Cadore, am I right?
Chain ring size difference is also a factor right?
Where was the mud? 🤣
Why hasn’t G R A V E L C R O S S taken off yet?
Gravel bike for most people
CX bike for those looking to race at UCI events
90s crosscountry beats them all
4:24 did the singer just crack their voice?
Let’s be honest they’re all going to be used mostly on the road – the cross bike with slicks vs the gravel bike with slicks on the road is what I want to see. I suspect the cx bike is way faster.
This is bad compairing, you always started by the cyclocross bike. And endend by the gravel. The runner used to know the track better after 1 lap
Naw bruh I would had bust a lung half way through 🤪🤪🤪
Cross or gravel, what’s your choice?
The best still
Turturing myself by frequently checking the bikes i cant even afford 🤣
Just found these guys, funny as hell, sounds like my friends
Not a real sport.
Great video. Guys, I want to have it still very racy on the road, coming from racy road bike, so less mountainbiky. Am I good off with a cayon inflite gf sl 6? Ist it faster in general on the road than gravel, for example the rondo ruut al 2? Hope someone can answer my questions. Xx
I have taken narrow tubular tires in many places, albeit decades ago when a silk carcass was not uncommon. Bike packing was something we did in Minnesota… because there were no Relais & Châteaux. Today? The clothes on my back and in my back pockets… debit card… and a bottle of fine wine each evening, with a view. No mosquitoes.
Cross bikes out perform gravel on any road. Gravel out performs cross on trails, simply due to more stability from being shorter and from having wider tires. Let’s be honest, if you’re riding trails than consider a mtb instead.
Unless you’re racing, it’s really just preference and what fits your style. For adventuring/bike packing, gravel has more comfort and low speed stability; whereas cross allows higher speeds and leaves more room for bags/gear. It all just depends on what you want to ride. Get yourself a bike, get comfortable with it, buy some gear, and go adventure! Don’t be afraid to drop your seat off-road and raise it on the blacktop. It’s more important to adapt to the conditions than it is to have the right bike
i mean honestly, why not just buy a mountain bike with nice big shocks and serious comfort
Also nails in tyres are banned in cyclocross and not in gravel
Or, buy a mountain bike
What is this location?
These people can’t be trusted And the answer is boring and boring!!!
‘Comfortable’ *laughs in mountain bike*
This channel is pure marketing
The biggest difference is this: Cyclo-cross bikes are ugly; gravel bikes are much prettier (and some, i.e., the Salsa WarBird 2019 and newer – are absolutely gorgeous!).
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFHojTATg5wXPBdjSm367ZQ thank you 👋
these differences are artifcially created by the uci 33m tire clearance. because on gravel and non pavements 2" > 40 > 33. a hardtail is the fastest of the three. they want to sell everyone more bikes. so they creating new categories.
Is this GMBN or GCN? Lol😅
What model was the green grail version?
i spit my food when ollie calls cyclo-cross a stupid sport. hahaha
A mountain bike?! With drop handles?! I want one!
Can I turn my road bike to one of these bikes?
In five years companies will install suspension forks and reinvent the mountain bike 😂