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New Year, New Adventure!

Let us help you start a new adventure, or keep the adventure going! We are going to be highlighting a few ways we think can help get the new year started right.


Gravel/adventure riding is becoming increasingly popular in cycling. A lot of riders are turning to the gravel/adventure scene for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that typically the routes used on a gravel ride have far less traffic and are safer for riders. There are also paths specific to bikes without access to vehicles. Some routes incorporate varied terrain including fire roads and single track trails. There is also a growing community and a lot of gravel/adventure events popping up now. Its easier than ever to find an event, route, or group ride to join.

The bikes used are setup more for rider comfort and versatility. With wider tires and bars you can handle a wider variety of terrain on one of these bikes. There are more bike models than ever dedicated to this category of cycling now. It's not hard to find something that can inspire you to get out and start an adventure!

Here are some of the bikes we think are great for grave/adventure riding.

Jamis Renegade Exile

Norco Search XR Aluminum Apex 1

Norco Search XR Carbon Apex 1

Niner RLT 9 1-Star Apex

Niner RLT 9 Steel 5-Star Ultegra

Marin Four Corners

Plus/Fat Tire Bikes

Plus/fat tire bikes are another popular genre in cycling today, and another great way to start a cycling adventure. With the increased popularity of adventure riding, these type of bikes are letting riders go on bigger adventures than ever before. Whether you are riding in the snow, bike packing, or just riding single track, both types of bikes can get the job done. With bigger tires and the use of bike packing gear, more rugged terrain can be covered.

Steel, aluminum, and even carbon fiber are used in the construction of the frames on these bikes. Plus bikes incorporate the use of tire sizes ranging from 2.8 to 3.25 inches wide, while fat tires range from 3.5 to 5 inches wide. These tire sizes give you maximum traction on a wide range of terrain, which can give a rider more confidence out on the trail. The added tire volume can add a little more comfort when you are out on a long bike packing adventure.

Here are some of the plus/fat tire bikes we like!

Jamis Dragonslayer 26+ Sport

Jamis Dragonslayer S1 27.5+

Jamis Roughneck

KHS 4 Seasons 5000

KHS 4 seasons 300

KHS SixFifty 600+

KHS SixFifty 500+

Norco Ithaqua 2

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