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Boardman’s new prototype gravel bike is basically a ’90s mountain bike, but is that a bad thing?

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Suvi Loponen

Tech writer

Suvi joined off.road.cc in 2022 as a tech writer and brought in her enthusiasm for gravel and long-distance riding. She's a lover of underbiking and exploring on the bike both on and off-road, especially if it means finding more great cafes and some good viewpoints. 

7 comments

11 months 3 weeks ago

My 90s Kili is super fast and around 22lbs with the Pace forks..... use it as the spare in cross racing, great bike.

11 months 3 weeks ago

RoubaixCube wrote:

 

I think they've been keeping an eye on Francis Cade. He had a video where he bought a 90s mountain bike off ebay for a small handfull of cash then either upgraded or restored it with some modern tech to make it a fun little gravel bike. 

I'll have to check out the video again.

 

It's actually quite a popular thing to do. I do it all the time, and  whole lot of other people do too. Search for 'mtb rebuilds' or 'monstercross' and you'll find big community of people doing just that.

I ride my '94 Raleigh Dyna-Tech titanium mtb, now with faster tires, a 1x drivetrain and a dirt drop bar as a gravelbike, and it's awesome. Cheap, simple, easy to maintain, and superfun to ride. 

11 months 3 weeks ago

Secret_squirrel wrote:

 

And why have a hard tail 90's MTB with stupidly short travel when for a probably a bit less you can have a much more versatile XC 120+mm machine?

 

Because 'more capable' doesn't mean more fun. It's overkill for the trails they intended this for. It's like riding over a twig with a tank… where's the fun in that?
Look up 'underbiking', that's the concept (and it's awesome).

11 months 3 weeks ago

I think they've been keeping an eye on Francis Cade. He had a video where he bought a 90s mountain bike off ebay for a small handfull of cash then either upgraded or restored it with some modern tech to make it a fun little gravel bike. 

I'll have to check out the video again.

11 months 3 weeks ago

I'm actually a bit of a fan of this bike.. it's not 'pretending' to be something that we don't need.. instead it appears to be a bike made for the UK market, and I'd hesitate for a lot of the UK probably better suited than most non extreme mtb weekly rides. I bet it'll be good value and I bet with a nice set of wide flared drop bars it'll look the business.

11 months 3 weeks ago

And why have a hard tail 90's MTB with stupidly short travel when for a probably a bit less you can have a much more versatile XC 120+mm machine?

11 months 3 weeks ago

I'm gonna say it... Drop handlebars is a requirement to be defined as a gravel bike. Just is. Those are the rules (that I've just made up).

 

If it's got flat bars, it's a hybrid if it doesn't have suspension, and a hardtail mountain bike if it does.

 

Hence, this looks like a 90"s mountain bike because it is a 90's mountain bike.

 

Sorry, just the way it is. I don't make the rules, apart from when I do, but when I do, I'm just right... You all know it.