Adventure bikes are made, so they can be ridden both on-road and off-road, so what the makers of these bikes do is that they give these bikes a wide range of gears than that of the cyclocross bike, so they can make sure that they can be pedaled faster on the road without spinning out.
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What this means is that a compact or a semi-compact double chain-set, however, just like with the cyclocross bikes, the SRAM’s 1x single chainring group set is becoming more and more popular for its simple setup mud clearance and control of the chain slap.
Adventure and Gravel Bike Pedals
The pedal system of these bikes is based on the user’s personal preference, and the user’s riding style. If you mostly ride on roads and paths that are well-maintained where you would hardly be required to put a foot down, then wearing road shoes and cleats would be wise. Also, more demanding off-road riding may mean that you would need to unmount your bike and roll the bike alongside you, or you might need to put a foot down to give you some stability. And in this scenario, road shoes and cleats would be great for walking, treaded soles and recessed cleats.
Adventure and Gravel Bike Components
Adventure and gravel bikes mostly use disc brakes for a better modulation and for more consistent stopping in dry, wet, and muddy conditions. If you go for the higher speced bikes, you will find that the brakes used are the hydraulic kinds, while on the lower priced bikes, you will find that the mechanical calipers are used. Now that the Shimano 105 are available with hydraulic disc brakes and with increasing use of SRAM 1x mechanicals, the hydraulic systems are becoming more popular. It would also be good to look at the handlebars on adventure bikes. The wider the flare of the bars, the easier it is to fit a handlebar bag on the front of the bike, and still be able to grip the drops and brake both at the same time. Over the past few years, there has been an examination of the humble handlebar, and this has seen it go through some radical redevelopment with Canyon’s double-decker bar that is designed to give some extra versatility to the ride.