Open to some dream-build inspiration? Nine lust-worthy bikes of Grinduro Wales gravel race

Small brands, big brands, no brand – would you prefer a big name or to build your own frame from scratch for your perfect gravel bike?

Best gravel bikes of Grinduro Wales gravel race
(Image credit: Future)

Aside from all the racing, riding and partying, one of the best parts of any gravel event has got to be the cornucopia of custom bikes and judicious component choices in pretty much every direction. 

We could have literally spent days chatting through the personalised specs of those hundreds of the best gravel bikes – the weekend was just too short! Anyway, we've rounded up nine of our particular highlights, spanning carbon, titanium, aluminium and steel frames; massed produced models and two which were hand-built by their owners.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg