Gravel Bikes, also known as adventure road bikes give you an exciting blend of a classic mountain and road bikes. Gravel bikes combine the durability of a mountain bike with the speed of a road bike. This versatility means you are able to tackle any terrain from dirt tracks to smooth roads. Performance like this makes it easy to use for anyone looking for their next bike upgrade. Whether you want to commute to work or go off-roading, gravel bikes make the perfect compromise. Keep reading to discover the advantages of an adventure road bike.


One of the best characteristics of a gravel bike is that it is two bikes in one! No matter what type of riding you like to do, an adventure road bike will cater to your needs. Gravel bike frames work with a range of different tyre sizes, widths and tread patterns. Want to go on a fast-paced road ride? Attach a set of 28mm tyres. If you need your bike to handle some tough cross-country conditions, you can swap out for a larger volume tyre to give you that extra grip. Purchasing a pair of gravel bike tyres gives you the freedom to go wherever you want. Having a few sets of gravel bike tyres is cheaper than buying a second bike, so will save you money in the long run.

Terrain Versatility

The biggest drawback of most bikes is they are usually only suited to one type of terrain. Mountain bikes might give you good stability when riding on mud or loose surfaces like gravel. Yet when it comes to riding on smooth tarmac the larger tyre is not as quick at cornering and can’t build up much speed.
Road bikes are more suited to this terrain but as soon as you ride them on an uneven surface, you’re at risk of puncturing the tyre. Gravel bikes are perfect for anyone who needs to take the road to work but also likes to go riding in the country on the weekends.


Comfort is important for any rider, especially for those who love long distance cycling. The geometry of an adventure road bike sits somewhere between a road bike and a mountain bike. This allows for a comfortable riding position regardless of which gravel bike tyres you have fitted. If you need to adjust your riding position then having a longer stem and narrower bars will make you more aerodynamic on the road. Long distance, off-roading favours a shorted stem to allow you to sit in a comfier position. Cannondale gravel bikes are especially known for their comfort in any terrain. At Primera Sports, we have several Orro gravel bikes in stock, take a look at the latest Orro Terra C GRX 600.

‘All Round’ Performance

Gravel bikes are able to perform all year round. From wet roads and muddy trails in winter to baked dirt paths in the height of summer. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, gravel bikes give you the confidence to tackle any terrain, whatever the weather.

Where to buy gravel bikes in Bournemouth and Poole

At Primera Sports we offer a wide range of adventure road bikes. Our range includes some of the best brands like Orro gravel bikes,  Specialized gravel bikes and Cannondale gravel bikes. If you are thinking of upgrading to a gravel bike, then Primera Sports will have a solution for you. We have a team of expert staff and over 25 years of experience in the bike trade. We would be happy to help with any inquiries you may have.

You can browse our wide range of gravel bikes online to compare features and prices. Want to see the bike before you buy? Visit our bike shop in Bournemouth or Poole. 0% finance options are available across all of our gravel bikes. If you have any questions, call our experienced staff on 01202 775588.