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David takes a gander at two brand new gravel bikes from Rose and Canyon

Two brand new gravel and adventure bikes have arrived in the office, destined to be reviewed by off.road.cc, but we nabbed the chance to do a very quick first look at them. The bikes in question are the new Canyon Grail AL and Rose Backroad, two all-new bikes for 2019. 

And my, don't they look good together with matching tan sidewall tyres. The Rose Backroad offers a carbon frame with a Shimano 105 groupset for just over £2k, while the Canyon Grail AL is a new aluminium version of the divisive carbon Grail with its funky handlebar launched last year. It also has a Shimano 105 groupset and costs £1,350. 

These bikes are currently on review so watch out for our verdict on them soon. In the meantime, if you want to read more about the latest gravel and adventure bikes head on over to this feature.

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.