There’s no doubt that gravel bikes have been around for decades.
For years, their popularity has been driven by the availability of cheap, compact, and reliable gravel wheels.
Today, however, we’ve seen a resurgence in the market thanks to the emergence of the popular new breed of gravel bikes.
While many manufacturers are taking advantage of the popularity of gravel to push the envelope on design, quality, and durability, we are beginning to see a resurgence of the bike from a purely technical perspective.
While a gravel bike is generally a less capable option than a mountain bike, the price and performance of a gravel bicycle are more affordable than a bike built around a mountain frame.
As we mentioned earlier, most of the bikes on the market today have a fairly low center of gravity.
In order to make a gravel-specific bike, it is necessary to build a frame that’s as light as possible.
However, the construction of a steel-frame bike can also produce a more durable bike.
It’s also important to keep in mind that there are many factors that go into the construction and durability of a bike.
To learn more about gravel bikes, check out our comprehensive article on gravel bikes and the various components that go in them.
As always, if you want to get started building a gravel frame for your next ride, we recommend checking out our complete article on building a carbon-fiber gravel bike.