There has been an influx of gravel bikes in at off-road.cc HQ recently, and whilst last week we were all about the alloy hardtail, this week we and getting set for some spring adventure rides. We've got a new carbon gravel bike from Rose, Panaracer Gravel King tyres, Altura bikepacking bags, a retro-styled bike from All City Cycles and a kids mountain bike from Decathlon.
Looking very smart, the Rose Backroad offers a carbon frame with a Shimano 105 groupset for just over £2k, we take a first look on video here. This is the cheapest bike in the range, you can also get Ultegra equipped bikes, SRAM Force 1x11 and Di2 bikes for more money, where the Di2 version is still under £3,000.
Gravel King SK Colour Edition tyres
Our friends at road.cc have previously tested the 43mm version of this gravel tyre, giving it 4.5 stars saying they feature a tread pattern that excels both on and off-road, with a tough carcass that can withstand some abuse. We've got some 700x48c tyres (£39.99) for test in this tasteful green...
Altura Adventure Collection Vortex bikepacking bags
The Altura Adventure Collection Vortex 2 bikepacking bags are an update to Vortex line. We've got three different packs, all of which are 100% waterproof, there's a 12L seat pack (£69.99), a 5-10L front roll (£59.99) and a 1 litre top tube bag (£34.99).
All City Cycles Electric Queen
All City Cycles is well known for having a retro-styled take on all their bikes, but their Electric Queen (£1,150) reigns as one of the most quirky, with an old-school spatter style paint job on the lugged steel tubes. You can even order it with a segmented rigid fork, but it's still got a load of modern features, such as through axles, Boost spacing and internal dropper routing. You can take a look at all the details here in our first look.
Decathlon Rockrider 700 kids mountain bike
This 24" wheeled mountain bike is priced at just £299.99 from Decathlon. For that you get 24spd, cable actuated disc brakes and a Suntour fork. We'll be shipping this off to one of our young testers soon.
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