Pearson On and On review - a very British gravel bike

An aero carbon gravel machine from the world's oldest bike shop

Peasrson On and On gravel bike
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The sleek lines of the On and On should appeal to those who appreciate that aesthetic on a road bike. In fact this is very much a road bike made for off-road rides. The tyres offered loads of grip, but the On and On sits nearer the road end of the gravel spectrum. It’ll roll along nicely on the tarmac with slicker tyres, meaning it could double up as a winter bike. The finishing kit and componentry is unspectacular but dependable and there are build options for higher spec kit

Reasons to buy
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    Lots of mounting points

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    Great off-road capability

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    Bike fitting back-up on hand

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    Good build options

Reasons to avoid
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    Basic rims for this price point

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London’s SW14 postcode may not be the centre of the gravel-riding universe, but Pearson has been around since 1860 and so know a thing or two about bikes. Its in-house knowledge, gleaned largely from decades of customer bike fitting, has seen it move away from selling big-brand bikes to selling its own. 

For gravel bikes (adventure bikes is its preferred nomenclature) that’s a five-bike range utilising four materials: carbon, titanium, aluminium and steel. The On and On is the carbon frame in the range and while it has the word ‘aero’ in its description, it isn’t just built for the fledgling gravel racing scene.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.