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14 years ago, I bought my first carbon bike - a road bike. I’m catching the “gravel bike” fever after borrowing my boyfriend’s for 30 minutes of offroading. So I’m now stalking bike options and figuring out what might be best for me.

Here’s some of my current contenders and key information.

Top pick as of weeks of research and thinking is 2022 Crux Comp (their cheapest in that line) that I’d then upgrade the wheels to carbon, get wider tires, and try to upgrade the SRAM rear casseette (and derailleur) to a more capable off-road 12-speed 10-50 or 10-52 casseette (if I can).

Bike weight weight MSRP 700c 650b gears misc site
specialized crux comp 18.7lb/56 8.5kg/56 $4200 47c 2.1" 11: 11-42 x 40 manual shift; upgrade wheels/tyres, derailleur & crank to 12sp 11-50 ?? link
specialized crux expert 17.9lb/56 8.1kg/56 $6200 47c 2.1" 12: 11-44 x 40 wireless; 38c tyres; upgrade wheels/tyres, derailleur & crank to 12sp 11-50 ?? link
specialized diverge expert 20.5lb/52 9.3kg $6200 47c 2.1" 12: 11-50 x 40 future shock, swat storage, electric shifting link
canyon grizl slx 8 18.7lb 8.5kg $6000 50c 12: 10-44 x 40 wireless, split carbon seatpost; Maxxis Rambler 45m tyres! link

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