Primera Sports have always been the place to go for the best gear and the newest tech from the cycling world. Gravel bikes, also known as adventure road bikes, have taken the industry by storm with their versatility and fun factor.
At Primera Sports, we have the best selection of gravel bikes from the major players in the game. Ranging from the exquisite OPEN Cycles gravel bike frames to Specialized gravel bikes and many more! We also have the expert staff on hand to talk you through your dream custom gravel bike, whether it’s for your next adventure or even to get you to and from the office.
As the technology in gravel adventure bikes has moved on, we have kept up to date with the newest trends and the tried and tested technology that works. With hundreds of miles of prime gravel routes on our doorstep, we’ve been fortunate enough to get out on our gravel bikes and test them out for you.
Here we’ve put together a short list of the best gravel bikes in the UK.
OPEN Cycles Gravel Bike Frames
Our opinion is that we can’t start a list of the best gravel bikes without mentioning the OPEN Cycles range. The standard Open U.P bike and super lightweight U.P.P.E.R offer the ability to run a super-fast light and nimble bike. OPEN Cycles gravel bike frames can be built with 700c or 650B wheels with minimal impact to the geometry and riding performance.
The weight of these gravel bike frames is phenomenal, coming in at a super light 880g – and that’s for a gravel bike that can fit up to 2.1” tyres! If 2.1” tyres are not wide enough then look no further than the WI.DE gravel bike frame. WI.DE offers the same light and nimble package as the Open U.P.P.E.R bike but with clearance for 650B x 2.4” tyres!
The best part of all this is the ability to still run a standard road chain set so you can have the most comfortable road bike ever invented! (You can see why we’re voting it one of the best gravel bikes!) It’s not just us that love this bike, have a look at what Bicycling had to say:
“Open continues to raise the bar on how far you can take a road bike off road and still have an agile, fast rolling, rollicking good ride. The WI.DE. blows the roof off tire size options & is impressive on technical singletrack, going further than the Open U.P. ever could. I cleared large boulders and even hopped fallen trees pretty easily.”
CANNONDALE TOPSTONE CARBON GRAVEL BIKE
If you are looking for a complete gravel road bike that offers great tyre clearance, maximum comfort and 30mm of rear suspension, look no further than the all new Cannondale Topstone Carbon. This bike offers an innovative way of taking the chatter out of a rigid gravel bike.
The rear of the Cannondale gravel bike has up to 30mm of travel from the innovative kingpin suspension, offering a light cushioning option with zero compromises. If a carbon gravel bike option isn’t for you, it’s also available in aluminium options and in a range of specifications to suit everyone’s budget.
IBIS HAKKA MX GRAVEL BIKE
Moving back to the world of custom gravel bikes, we have the Ibis Hakka MX, a gravel bike that is built to explore and get you away from the crowds. Developed by bikepacking experts, this gravel adventure bike handles the road less travelled better than anything else, which is why it’s one of the best gravel bikes out there!
This gravel bike can run both 650B and 700c depending on your preference. The geometry of this gravel bike has been tweaked to perform when the bike is loaded with your favourite bike bags. The frame is built from robust hi-modulus carbon that is made to stand the test of time.
The Hakka MX is the perfect gravel bike if you are looking for a sturdy bike that can take you round your favourite gravel route. But if you fancy doing the continental divide, this bike can cope with that too! It’s a gravel bike that is built for good times and getting out there on.
SPECIALIZED DIVERGE GRAVEL BIKE
We can’t talk about gravel bikes without mentioning Specialized: the innovators of the bike industry. The Specialized Diverge is their gravel machine available in both carbon and aluminium options.
The Specialized Diverge gravel bike is the crown jewel and offers an all-road package. It has the performance geometry to keep up with your mates on fully-fledged road bikes, and the capability to burn down unexplored gravel paths.
The aluminium variants of these Specialized adventure road bikes are budget friendly, making them the perfect introduction into the gravel bike world.
The aluminium and carbon gravel bike also offer The Future Shock – a small suspension system in the stem of the bike allowing the rider to be suspended rather than suspending the bike. Allowing the Specialized Diverge to be as efficient as possible with a stiff rigid chassis. In addition, the rider is suspended from impacts and road buzz, keeping you ready to attack your next Strava segment.
SPECIALIZED ELECTRIC GRAVEL BIKE
If you are looking for an electric gravel bike, we recommend the Specialized Turbo CREO SL EXPERT EVO. The SL motor system found in the CREO offers a light but powerful solution. Allowing riders to increase the range and terrain they can ride.
With such a vast range of great gravel bikes, choosing the right one for you can be daunting. At Primera Sports, our team of experts are here to help you find the best gravel bike for you or to help with a custom gravel bike build.
Visit us at our bike shop in Bournemouth or Poole today – all our gravel bikes are available on 0% Finance for up to 48 months! Alternatively, get in touch on our Live Chat to find out more about our selection of gravel bikes or to ask any questions. Or give us a call on 01202 775588 for our bike shop in Bournemouth, or 01202 749675 for our Poole store.