Interested in any thoughts on my current bike choice dilemma.
It's been a good 15 years since I've had a road bike, it's all been mountain bikes since then. I'm now looking to get back to road cycling, both for fitness and general wellbeing. I have quite a few good road routes near me, from 20 miles up to 100, as well as a fantastic cycle path which if done in full is a 60 mile round trip through glorious countryside and with 3 pubs on the way. I've also got a number of options for fire roads with miles of exploring potential.
On the face of it, I guess a gravel bike seems the obvious choice - but I'm not really sure I want one. I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to be at the front of any races or anything, but I'm put off gravel bikes by the thought - and I appreciate that may be all it is - that they'll be sluggish on the road.
I've had a look and a sit on the Sonder Colibri and felt that it would be ok on fire roads and maybe slightly crappier surfaces. I'm also considering the Ribble Endurance or CGR, but would be buying online for them.
My LBS, who I have a very good relationship with, are a Cube dealer, so I have also looked at the Attain - carbon and aluminium models - and the aluminium Nuroad. I've had pretty good email responses to queries from both Sonder and Ribble, but definitely appreciate the benefit of being able to go to an LBS to resolve any issues should they arise.
I know there's no reason a road bike can't be ridden on 'gravel', and have had a lot of fun on my son's road oriented hybrid doing just that - a bit of sliding about is no problem! I think what I want is an endurance road bike that won't come to any harm on fire roads/gravel. Or would I be better with a gravel bike and swap the slightly knobbly tires for slick ones? I guess the crux of my dilemma is that I quite fancy the carbon Cube Attain, but am worried about using that on gravel where rocks etc. would quite likely be bouncing off the frame quite a lot. The other issue for me is that the 115kg weight limit (bike + rider) on all the Cubes is pretty marginal.
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