It’s not just going to be road bikes you can try at Bike LIVE Cannock this weekend, we’ll also have plenty of adventure, gravel and cyclocross bikes from the best brands ready to be tested on our dedicated loop.
If you’re new to gravel riding, our dedicated loop is a good place to start because it’s well drained and well signposted. The road surfaces are quite sandy in parts but mostly stoney and always solid. The variety makes things exciting!
You get some climbing and descending along with lots of dips and bumps to keep things fun. You can look for a bike’s limits by hammering the hills and pinging through the turns on the drops, or you can take things more steadily if you prefer. There are some great views from the top too.
Whyte Bikes will be bringing the Gisburn, pictured above. It’s a versatile bike that is inspired by the company’s mountain bike, with more relaxed geometry that makes it ideal for adventure riding. It’s packed with cool details that make it work well in British conditions.
German brand Rose will have its lovely looking Team CDX Cross 4400 gravel bike on display and ready to be ridden. It’s light, very light in fact, the carbon frame comes in at just 1,040g. It’ll take a 42mm tyre and there are disc brakes and a clean 1x11 SRAM drivetrain.
Marin’s Gestalt is a relatively new model for the US firm with a mountain bike background playing dividends in its foray into the burgeoning adventure bike market. You can read our review of it here.
Bike LIVE Cannock Chase takes place at:
Birches Valley Forest Centre
It is about 25 miles north of central Birmingham and about nine miles from the M6 motorway.
There is plenty of parking along with toilets and a café.
Cannock Chase has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a mix of natural woodland, coniferous plantations and open heathland.
Bike Live Cannock Chase takes place on Saturday, 8 April 2017.
It starts at 9:30am and you can stay right through until 4:30pm.
These brands will be at Bike LIVE Cannock:
• Beat Bike
Tickets cost just £30 and you can get them now right here
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.