Gravel vs cyclocross bike: what is the difference?

Drop handlebars and tyres designed for dirt, gravel and cyclocross bikes seem to have a lot in common. So just what are the differences in a game of gravel vs cyclocross bike?

3t exploro gravel bike

When you look at gravel vs cyclocross bikes, on the face of it they are nearly seem the same.

Delve deeper into exactly what they're designed for, though, and you'll find some small differences that make them optimised for these two quite different disciplines.

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