Check out 5 things that weren't cool until gravel happened

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Jon Woodhouse

Jon was previously the editor here at off.road.cc. 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 BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.

6 comments

6 months 1 week ago

So ture... most of it. Back in those days I rode a hardtail. Kept on riding it with its Marzocchi Bomber Z1 light airfork when those heavy suspension bikes arrived at the scene. Had to swap from 26" to 29" after they stole my ride. I had rimbrake Magura's on it and a lightweight rack system (front one adapted by me to suspension fork). I rode on 1.35" - 1.65" lightweight rubber. My hardtail 26-er was just below 20 lbs. So after some years riding racebikes mostly, this gravelhype is just the thing I always needed: lightweight flying and/or bikepacking on "small" rubbers... oooh yes... tubeless. Next to 29" advantages that is another welcome novelty; But those balloonlike 29" rubber belts weighing a frame of mine a piece... wrapped around bombproof wheels in those anvil like frames?  Naaah... hail gravel! It's probably guys that rode like me back in the days that now created what they dreamed of back then. Maybe I should redo my Corsica bikepacking trip again... a good 20 years later. Might be interesting. Smile

10 months 1 week ago

MrGear wrote:

 

"Fancy a short gravel ride? Tough. You're not allowed one. Get out there and suffer and only come back when you've grown a beard - women too - and taken so many moody black and white photos of people covered in dirt looking sad in the countryside that you're not sure if you're watching a documentary about the Great Depression."

^ This is funny, well done.

 

 

"women too..." laugh

1 year 6 months ago

Wash your mouths out.  Suspension seat posts never went away.  Check out USE, Muc Off's older sibling brand for componentry.

1 year 6 months ago

Missed this first time round, cracking piece, love it - and kil0ran's quite right, all of these things... all true.

1 year 6 months ago

"Fancy a short gravel ride? Tough. You're not allowed one. Get out there and suffer and only come back when you've grown a beard - women too - and taken so many moody black and white photos of people covered in dirt looking sad in the countryside that you're not sure if you're watching a documentary about the Great Depression."

^ This is funny, well done.

1 year 10 months ago

All of these things. All true. Well, apart from the weird suspension thing. Although I'm hankering for a Redshift Shockstop - for my road bike rather than the gravel/tourer.