Which is your dream bike?
Endurance samurai or gravel hero, what are the differences between the two notorious bike types and which one suits you best?
1. what is an Endurance bike anyway? And what is a Gravel?
An endurancebike is essentially a road bikedesigned for longer rides due to its more relaxed geometry. A Gravelbike is also a drop-barbike, but allows you to ride on different surfaces, with a focus on off-road terrain.
2. tire clearance
One of the most important and noticeable differences between the two bikes is the tire clearance. Since an endurancebike is built for comfort on longer rides, you can use wider tires. tires than on aero and speed-oriented road bikes. Most enduro bikes have a tire clearance of 32/35 mm, some bikes like the Trek Domane even 38 mm. This is already wide enough to fit gravel tires and cope with light/well-maintained gravel.
Gravel bikes have greater tire clearance. Most gravel bikes are able to accommodate 40-45mm wide tires in 700c and some, like the Canyon Grizleven 50mm wide tires in 700c. Then there is usually also the option of fitting smaller 650B wheels and using slightly wider tires. With these wide tires you can tackle extreme terrain and even light mountain bike-terrain comfortably.
3. mounting options
Another difference between an enduro bike and a gravel bike is the mounting options. These can vary from brand to brand. However, a gravelbike usually has more mounting options than an endurancebike. Most endurance bikes only have the usual two bottle mounts, although some brands increase versatility by adding top tube mounts as well as rack and mudguard mounts. A gravelbike , on the other hand, usually has all the aforementioned mounts as well as a third bottle cage on the down tube and fork mounts. This makes the gravel bike more suitable for packing bikes and longer tours. However, there are also race and speed-oriented gravel bikes such as the Cervélo aspirewhich do not have fork, rack and mudguard mounts.
Although the two types are quite similar in terms of geometry, there are a few differences that make for a different riding experience and can thus be an important decision criterion. All in all, both endurance and gravel bikes put you in a more upright position compared to pure aeroroad bikes. This provides more comfort on longer rides, but also more stability. However, the Gravel bike has a longer wheelbase, longer chainstays and a flatter head tube angle. This provides even more comfort, control and stability when riding over rough terrain and also minimizes toe overlap. The shorter wheelbase, shorter chainstays and narrower head tube angle of the Endurance bike, on the other hand, make for a more agile, aggressive and faster feel.
Gravel bikes usually have 1x gravel-specific groupsets such as Shimano GRX with a low gear ratio similar to that of a mountain bike to easily tackle technical trails and climbs. So for example a 42 chainring mixed with a wide range 11-42 cassette. Most prefer 1x gearing due to its simplicity and ability to hold the chain better on rough terrain. However, there are also gravel bikes with 2x drivetrains and slightly higher gearing for more versatility.
An Endurance, on the other hand, has a typical 2x drivetrain with a higher road gear ratio. So, for example, a mid-compact 52/36 chainring with a narrow 11-34 cassette. With this gear ratio, you'll reach higher top speeds than with the Gravelbike gear ratio and be able to tackle steep climbs, but you'll struggle in slow technical situations. What finally the Handlebar concerns, the one of the gravel bike is usually more flared. This increases stability, comfort and control when riding off-road. Endurance bikes have less pronounced handlebars to put you in a more aerodynamic position.
6. so which bike is better for you?
Well, the simple answer would be if you only ride on asphalt, then go with the Endurancebike and if you only ride off-road, then go with the Gravelbike. But it's best to do some soul-searching, think: what surface do you want to ride more on, what will you have to ride more on in your area, how much are you riding your bike at all? If you want to spend more time on pavement, occasionally ride light gravel, and have a more maneuverable/faster bike, you should get the Endurance. If you want a very versatile bike, you know you'll be spending a lot of time off-road, and you want to do longer bike rides or bikepacking then take the Gravel-bike.
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