5 of the best gravel adventure bikes for all budgets

Want to ride just about anywhere? Gravel and adventure bikes might be what you need. These bikes have exploded in popularity in recent years. They allow you to fit much wider tyres than you would normally be able to on a road bike and feature a geometry more suited to riding off-road.

A lot of adventure road bikes will have mudguard and rack eyelets which means they can double up as the ultimate do-it-all road bike you can use all year road. Take a look at our buyer’s guide for some inspiration.

Ribble CGR Gravel Bike

Ribble CGR Gravel Bike

What they say

Keeping up to date with the trend for one bike to do it all, the Ribble range now includes the versatile CGR – so named because of its ability to do everything and tackle all surfaces and conditions – Cross, Gravel and Road. The CGR is a light yet robust 7005 aluminium bike with disc brakes and clearance to take 35mm tyres with mudguards. This cleverly designed frame could easily become the key do-it-all bike that you are looking for, whether it be the commute to work or bikepacking at the weekend.

Key specifications

  • Light but robust 7005 grade alloy frame
  • Shimano 105 5800 Black 11 Speed Groupset
  • Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc Wheelset
  • Deda Zero finishing Kit
  • 35mm Tyre Clearance
  • Pannier Rack Fitting
  • Mudguard Fittings
  • Disc Brakes

Our verdict

The Ribble CGR looks like a fantastic bike for the money. The highly rated Shimano 105 groupset and Deda finishing kit make this a great buy. You’ll also get big tyre clearance along with rack and mudguard mounts. A very capable and well-specced bike.

Where to buy

Price

£1,134

From

Ribble

Price correct at time of publishing.

Specialized Diverge Comp 2018 Adventure Road Bike

Specialized Diverge Comp 2018 Adventure Road Bike

What they say

The Diverge Comp has been designed from the bottom-up to be a fully-fledged exploration machine. But now, it’s also equally adept at crushing dirt climbs as it is to cruising to the coffee shop or hopping into a local group ride. And while it might sound cliché in a landscape of bike claims chocked full with hyperbole, the Diverge Comp truly is one bike that does it all.

Key specifications

  • Specialized FACT 9r carbon frame and fork
  • Shimano 105 Groupset
  • Praxis Alba 2D Chainset
  • Shimano RS505, hydraulic disc brakes
  • Axis Elite Disc Wheelset
  • Specialized finishing kit

Our verdict

The Diverge is well specced with 105 groupset and specialized finishing kit. Obviously, you’re paying more for the name, but Specialized make cutting-edge framesets that a rarely matched.

Where to buy

Price

£2,600.00

Price correct at time of publishing.

Genesis Croix De Fer 30 Road Bike

What they say

The Genesis Croix de Fer 30 is the closest in the range to fit the ‘one bike does it all’ mantra, equally suitable for commuting and multi-terrain adventures. Combining the latest-and-greatest technology from Japan with a classically-styled steel frame and fork combo, the Croix 30 looks every part the proficient modern classic.

Key specifications

  • Frame: Reynolds 725 Heat-Treated Chromoly Frame
  • Fork: Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc Fork
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 With Shimano BR-RS505 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Wheels: Jalcro SR240D Rims / Shimano RS-505 Hubs
  • Tyres: Clement X’Plor USH 700x35c 60TPI
  • Finishing Kit: Genesis

Our verdict

The Croix de Fer 30 has all the features you would need from a modern gravel bikes. 105 groupset with hydraulic brakes, huge tyre clearance, and excellent finishing kit. The Reynolds tubed frameset offers comfort and durability. Great bike for the price!

Where to buy

Price

£1799.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Merlin Axe7 Tiagra Gravel Bike

Merlin Axe7 Tiagra Gravel Bike

What they say

The Merlin Axe7 Disc Gravel Bike is highly versatile – It puts the FUN back into a Functional Bike! This efficient all-rounder features Shimano Tiagra 10 Speed, together with mechanical disc brakes for great stopping power and improved clearances. The Axe7 Gravel bike comes fitted with Schwalbe G One 38mm tyres with plenty of room to spare.

Key specifications

  • Frame: Double butted 6061 Series Aluminium
  • Fork: Merlin Disc with carbon blades and alloy steerer
  • Wheels: Mavic CXP (6 Bolt)
  • Tyres: Schwalbe G-One – 38c
  • Shimano Tiagra 4700 10 speed groupset

Our verdict

For just under £675 the Merlin is a very good deal and consistently get’s great reviews. You’ll find a reliable Shimano Tiagra groupset, mechanical disc brakes and decent wheels and tyres to get you going.

Where to buy

Price

£674.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Scott Addict Gravel 30 Disc - 2018 Gravel Bike

Scott Addict Gravel 30 Disc - 2018 Gravel Bike

What they say

The Scott Addict Gravel 30 Disc road bike is built for adventure, anywhere, any time. The HMF carbon frame & fork use high modulus fibres for strength, while the IMP construction ensures every fibre is where it should be, keeping the overall weight down. The frame is built around a ‘Gravel Race’ geometry, blending high speed capability with the comfort you need over rough ground.  Both the frame and fork allow clearance for wider & more robust tyres, ensuring there’s plenty of rubber between you and the ground for maximum grip & traction.

Key specifications

  • HMF carbon with IMP construction and ‘Gravel Race’ geometry
  • HMF carbon fork with carbon steerer & durable alloy dropouts
  • Shimano 105 2×11 speed drivetrain
  • Shimano 105 RS505 flat mount disc brakes
  • Syncros wheelset
  • Syncros finsihing kit

Our verdict

Like the Specialized, you’ll get a very good full carbon frameset and quality components. Full 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes. The Syncros finishing kit is also very good.

Where to buy

Price

£3099.00

Price correct at time of publishing.