The best gravel bikes and adventure bikes you can buy for around £1,000

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Jon Woodhouse

Jon was previously the editor here at Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Yes, he's been around the houses.


1 year 3 months ago

My recipe for a good cheap graveler would be:

  • 2x8 or 2x9 with a sub-compact chainset. 50t is really not useful, a 42-28 would make it cheaper and more versatile than most 1x11.
  • Rim brakes: cheap mechanical discs are terrible (I haven't tried all of them thou). This would unfortunately close the door for upgrades to f.ex. hydro/mech calipers.
    If you must have cheap discs, at least fit a bigger rotor at the front.

I am not against 1x or discs in principle, but most 1x road systems lack range and good discs cost money.