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How to choose a gravel bike manufacturer and brand! Thorough explanation of comparisons and key points.

One way to find a gravel bike of your choice among the many gravel bikes available is to choose from a manufacturer or brand. In this article, we will compare the features of gravel bikes from different manufacturers and provide a thorough explanation of what to look for when choosing a gravel bike.

Modified at: 2023.7.4Posted at: 2023.3.8

How to choose a manufacturer/brand

Determine your budget.

Unless you have an unlimited budget, you will usually have a fixed amount of money you can afford to spend on the purchase of a gravelike. So, it is very important to have a budget, even if it is just a “how much can I afford?” It is very important to have a budget, even if it is only a few dollars.

This is because each manufacturer has a certain price range for its own brand and series of gravel rinks, and some manufacturers may exclude you from their choices once you have set a budget.

Also, if you set your budget at less than 100,000 yen, or several tens of thousands of yen, you will not be able to purchase gravel ikes from major bicycle manufacturers in the first place, so you will have to choose other options.

So, when deciding on a budget,

  1. $1,000 to $2,000
  2. $2,000 to $3,000
  3. 3,000 to 5,000 dollars
  4. from $5,000

You should narrow down the manufacturers and brands by setting your budget roughly in the following four ranges.

Selecting the Right Bike for the Right Purpose

There are “all-road” gravel bikes and “off-road” gravel bikes. Gravelikes are positioned somewhere between road bikes and MTBs, so the manufacturer will have a distinctive feature that determines which side of the spectrum they fall into.

The differences between the two are as follows

All Road Off-Road
width of the tire wider very wide
Suspension No suspension Yes suspension
Handle Shape Normal Drop
Geometry Road Like Upright

If it is more off-road, the configuration is similar to an MTB, and if it is more all-road, the configuration is similar to a road bike, especially an endurance road bike.

The manufacturer you choose will depend on which use you want to ride your gravel bike for.

Choose the color and design you prefer.

Gravelik is an expensive purchase, so it is very important that you like the way it looks. Some people even say that being a favorite color and design is more important than functionality.

Gravelike is a point of differentiation among manufacturers in terms of frame shape and color development, so narrowing down your choices by color and design will narrow down the manufacturers you prefer.

Comparing Gravel Series from Major Bike Manufacturers

Price Range

Let’s start with the price range of the major bike makers’ gravel ikes.

Manufacturer Country of Origin Brand Name Price Range
Specialized USA Diverge $2,000 and up
Trek USA Checkpoint $2,500 and up
Giant Taiwan Revolt $1,700
Cervelo Canada Áspero $3,700
Canyon Germany Grail $1,800
Colnago Italy G3X $10,000 and up
Bianchi Italy Impulso Allroad $2,300
Pinarello Italy Grevil $6,500
Ridley Belgium Kanzo $2,900 and up
Scott Switzerland Addict Gravel $3,700
Kona USA Rove $2,300
Merida Taiwan Silex $1,500
BMC Switzerland URS $3,900
Orbea Spain Terra $2,200
Focus Germany Paralane $3,200
Giant Taiwan Revolt $1,700
Cinelli Italy Zydeco $1,900

There is quite a difference between manufacturers. For example, in the lower price range, you will find that Giant Revolt, Canyon Grail, and Merida Silex are good choices.

The best balanced options are Specialized Diverge and Trek Checkpoint, which are priced over 200,000 yen, but as explained in the features section below, they are highly cost-effective considering the fact that they incorporate a unique suspension mechanism.


Next, let’s take a look at the characteristics of gravelikes by manufacturer.

Manufacturer Country of origin Brand name Features
Specialized USA Diverge Unique suspension mechanism for a smooth ride. Well-balanced gravel bikes.
Trek USA Checkpoint Cost-effective with a lineup that covers everything from travel to racing
Giant Taiwan Revolt High performance yet cost-effective
Cervelo Canada Áspero Race grade top performance gravel road
Canyon Germany Grail Broad choice from entry to high-end, high performance and high cost performance
Colnago Italy G3X V3 racer bike but also great for endurance
Bianchi Italy Impulso Allroad High-end series like a gravel version of Otre
Pinarello Italy Grevil Based on the Dogma F, the highest performance gravel road
Ridley Belgium Kanzo
Scott Switzerland Addict Gravel
Kona America Rove Classic looking gravel bike
Merida Taiwan Silex MTB-like gravel bike with upright geometry Highly cost-effective
BMC Swiss URS High-end bike that is a race bike made upright for gravel
Orbea Spain Terra Balanced all-road gravel bike for both road and gravel
Focus Germany Paralane Lightweight gravel road bike for endurance and all-road
Giant Taiwan Revolt Cost-effective gravel road with an eye-catching and distinctive frame design
Cinelli Italy Zydeco All-road gravel bike that balances road and gravel

The more expensive series inherit features from race-grade bikes or use high-end parts and materials.

There is also a difference in terms of “targeted riding.” Off-road bikes incorporate unique suspension features such as Specialized’s Future Shock and Trek’s IsoSpeed to achieve both light weight and shock absorption performance.

On the other hand, the all-road gravel series can be divided into high-grade models that are “gravel versions of racing road bikes” and affordable gravel bikes based on endurance road bikes.

This area will depend on what kind of riding you want to do, and will be a key factor in your choice.

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