Gravel Bike: The perfect bike for bikepacking

Gravel bikes are the perfect companions for Bikepacking tours. Whether on the road or off-road, gravel bikes are a reliable partner in any terrain. With their wide tires and robust construction, you can cope with any surface you encounter on your journey. So if you're looking for a bike that can go anywhere, a gravel bike is the perfect choice.

Gravel bikepacking in the Black Forest
Gravel bikepacking in the Black Forest

If you're looking for a capable gravel bike, this is it Pearl Gravel SL an excellent choice. I drive this model, so I can recommend it with a clear conscience. With its lightweight construction and fast-rolling tires, this is Pearl Gravel SL perfect for long rides on any terrain. And thanks to its versatile geometry, it's suitable for everything from fast rides in the city to long rides Bikepacking tours on gravel. So if you are looking for a high-quality gravel bike that can do everything, the Pearl Gravel SL is the perfect choice.

Which bike suits me?

Gravel bikes are now not only found off-road, many commuters have discovered the genre for themselves. With its robust construction and wide range of gears, gravel bikes are perfect for off-road adventures, but also on the road. So if you're looking for a bike that can go anywhere, Gravel is the answer.

Steel frame, aluminum frame or carbon frame

When choosing a gravel bike you have to decide whether you want a steel frame, an aluminum frame or a carbon frame. Each material has its own pros and cons, so you'll need to decide which one is right for you.

steel frame are strong and durable, making them ideal for off-road adventures. They're also relatively inexpensive, making them a popular choice for budget-conscious cyclists. However, steel frames are also relatively heavy, which can make transport difficult.

Aluminum frame are light and strong, making them a good choice for cyclists looking for a fast and agile bike. They're also affordable, making them a popular choice for budget-conscious cyclists. However, aluminum frames can be prone to corrosion, so you need to take good care of them.

carbon frame are the lightest and most durable option on the market, making them the perfect choice for serious cyclists. However, they are also the most expensive option and therefore not necessarily the ideal choice for price-conscious cyclists. However, carbon frames are immune to corrosion and require little maintenance, making them a wise investment in the long run.

Is a titanium frame better than all the others?

Titanium frames are the most expensive option, but they offer a number of advantages over other frame materials.

Titanium frames are light and strong, making them a good choice for serious cyclists. They are also resistant to corrosion and therefore require little maintenance. And best of all, titanium frames never rust, so you can be sure your bike will look good for years to come.

How do I calculate the frame height?

To calculate the frame height, you have to measure your inseam. To do this, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and measure the distance between your crotch and the floor. Once you have this measurement, you can use the following formula to calculate the frame height:

Frame Height = (Inseam * 0,883) - (16,9)

For example, if your inseam is 27 inches, your frame height is calculated as follows:

Frame height = (27 inches * 0,883) - (16,9)

Frame height = 23,7 inches (60 cm)

equipment and components

Even if there are now many good gravel bikes and you can hardly make a bad purchase, the features of gravel bikes differ in the following aspects.

  • Manufacturers
  • Groupset Version (Quality)
  • 1x or 2x circuit

Gravel bikes often have 1-speed gears (a sprocket on the pedals), but I personally prefer 2-speed gears.

switching groups

Gravel shifters are engineered to offer a wide range of shifting options so you can tackle any terrain with ease. Most gravel bikes have a range of 11 to 44 teeth, making them perfect for steep hills and difficult terrain.

Shimano GRX group

Shimano uses for that GRX Technologies Components from road bikes and mountain bikes to develop Gravel components. The new Shimano GRX is available as an electric or mechanical version, with 1 or 2-speed cranks and 10, 11 and 12-speed rear derailleurs. the Ultegra levels the 11-speed circuit with the abbreviations 800 and 600 are slightly higher than those of Tiagra group, while the 10-speed gearshift labeled 400 roughly corresponds to the Shimano Tiagra groupset. A 12th gear group has also recently been added to the GRX family.


Many gravel bikes are also equipped with the SRAM APEXgroupsets that offer a variety of shifting options so you can tackle any terrain with ease. The groupsets from SRAM also have a range of 11 to 44 teeth, which makes them perfect for steep hills and difficult terrain.


I hope this article has shown you that a gravel bike is a worthwhile investment if you enjoy long tours in nature. They are incredibly versatile and can be quickly replaced by one Racing bike in ein Mountain bike transform, at least almost. If you have any questions about Gravel Bikes or anything else related to cycling, feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer questions. In order to be able to buy a good gravel bike, Dur has to pay around € 1400. As always, there are almost no upper limits.

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