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The thrill of finding new roads on your gravel bike, riding to places you’ve never been before, is a special feeling. This gear will support you for longer on your gravel adventures, whether you’re riding for fun or out for a 12-hour race.
SCHWALBE G-ONE BITE
Sometimes, gravel roads can be handled by nearly slick tires, but for conditions where you need a little more bite, turn to the extra grip of the Schwalbe G-One Bite. With Schwalbe’s Tubeless Easy technology, this 38c tubeless tire is a breeze to set up at home, so you have no excuse to not ditch the tubes. And this tire is even easier to enjoy on the trails. The speedy OneStar compound is Schwalbe’s fastest, making these raceready. And an open tread design helps you dig in more around corners, providing extra confidence through dicey sections. $80; schwalbetires.com.
You may know Spinergy from the four-spoke Rev-X wheels, an icon of 1990s cycling. They look cool as hell, but are infamous for their lackluster safety record (the rebel in us would totally still rock them if we had a pair). Spinergy is still making cool-as-hell wheels, just now with a bombproof construction perfect for gravel. The GXC uses Spinergy’s patented PBO Power spokes, which are thick cylindrical spokes that are three times stronger than steel and excel at absorbing road chatter. They are impressive at absorbing bumps and they transfer power back into the road just as well—plus they come in a variety of colors for a completely unique look. Spinergy says that in two decades of using these spokes, they have seen only a handful of breaks—quite a solid track record on durability. At 1,492 grams for a set, the GXCs are light and they feel like it on the road. Even though we tested them with 38c tires, the front turns like it’s running much thinner tires, and the cornering is excellent. We just wish they got up to speed a bit faster. But with 32mm-deep rims, you get a bit of an aero advantage that helps you hold on to speed for longer. $1,776; 1,492g; spinergy.com.
SPECIALIZED RBX JERSEY WITH SWAT
Sleek, aero jerseys are great for three-hour races, but can be less than ideal for longer days in the saddle. The RBX Jersey with SWAT has a slightly looser cut—by no means baggy though—that offers all-day comfort, wherever the road takes you. For extended trips, it has extra pockets on the sides of the jersey, as well as a zippered pocket in the back, so you can carry even more nutrition with you. And a UPF 30+ rating means you won’t have to worry about putting sunscreen below the jersey, as increasingly is the case with jerseys today. $100; specialized.com.