Are all road bikes 'allroad' bikes?

Is the industry trying to sell you the same bike twice?

Bike shop with gravel bikes
(Image credit: Getty Images)

It used to be oh so simple, just road bikes and mountain bikes. In the road category, we were limited to just two faithful options, endurance bikes and race bikes. Cyclocross existed too, in a muddy no-man’s land, but there was little mixing of the on- and off-road riding genres.

Then came gravel. It’s been the buzzword in cycling for the last half-decade, and for good reason. Emphasis on more casual riding, enjoying the outdoors and getting away from traffic resonates with the masses. It’s fair to say that the gravel genre has sculpted the landscape of the cycling industry in recent years.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.