Liv Devote Advanced Pro review

The Devote Advanced is Liv's first dedicated gravel bike - we went so far as to take it to a UK trail centre to test its mettle

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Liv Devote Advanced Pro is a very capable bike, it's got all the mounts you'd need for bikepacking, rides like a super endurance bike on the road and - with spec changes - could be a trail slayer. With the spec sheet as standard, I feel it's a little under-equipped for UK riding. I would swap the tyres and handlebars if you want to ride any technical trails. If your gravel riding consists more of joining together sections of light gravel or hardpacked dirt with road segments, then it's spot on.

Reasons to buy
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    Balanced geometry

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    Plenty of mounts for luggage

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    Versatility - rides well on and off-road

Reasons to avoid
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    Rubber seatpost clamp cover drove me crazy

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    Bars not flared

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    Tyres could be more off-road ready

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It would be fair to say that gravel bikes are beginning to outgrow their category, in the same way that 'road bikes' did decades ago. An endurance road bike is substantially different to an aero race bike, and in the same way gravel bikes at either end of the spectrum carry very different ride personalities.  Some are designed to be trail tackling hardcore experts, whilst others are more suited to fast, hard-packed dirt.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.