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Gravel bikes... the next big thing
Last Post 01/07/2018 04:54 PM by Cosmic Kid. 8 Replies.
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Dale

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08/18/2017 07:42 AM
in motorcycles that is.

A trade publication reported 11% of motorcycles sold this year are dual-sport; our version of a gravel bike. Up from 5% of the market just a few years ago.

Average price $11,335

In semi related news KTM motorcycles who factor into this segment and also make bicycles are specifically targeting motorcycle dealers to set up with bicycles. I don't see them trying to set up IBD's at all in my area

There are quite a few guys I ride with that also ride moto and most of them are dual-sport rider.

I have mild interest in a moto like that but my inability to treat the throttle as anything but an on-off switch sort of slaps reality into my face... that and my wife does anesthesia while the surgeons put guys like that back together.

Anyway, it's not just us pedal folks that like the gravel.
79pmooney

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08/18/2017 11:57 AM
A few years ago here someone (you, Dale?) went to national trade shows for both motor and bicycles and noted the many drooped shoulders at the bicycle show and wheelchairs at the motorcycle show.

Ben
longslowdistance

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08/18/2017 12:21 PM
"Scrambler" motorcycles are very big now, basically standard motos with knobbies. Very retro cool and still rideable.
What's different is power and reliability are hugely greater than the originals.
Dale

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08/18/2017 01:33 PM
Ben-- yes that was me who made that observation.
When I was in high school a couple guys came in the restaurant I worked at for coffee and pie quite often. After a long absence they were back each missing a leg. Riding two-up on a street bike the got broadsided by a car and that was that.

lsd, the scramblers are cool retro but not real dual-sport (gravel) bikes.
Spot on with the power difference between then and now. Not just the power but suspension, fuel economy, reliability, brakes... everything is more refined.

Tomorrow a bunch of us are doing a long gravel ride and a mutual buddy is riding his KLR-650 to provide support. Kinda like but not exactly like motorman
longslowdistance

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08/19/2017 03:34 PM
Yes, aware of the subtypes. Thinking about a WR for me, for fire roads and such. KLR is a bit too tall and hard to pick up.
Orange Crush

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01/05/2018 10:23 PM
Interesting take on disc brakes and gravel bikes (at least until it descends into pedal plug). And yes I've ridden mine on anything from 100% road to easy single track.

https://pelotonmagazine.com/gear/disc-brakes-will-revolutionize-bicycle%E2%88%97/
Cosmic Kid

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01/06/2018 10:27 PM
Disc brakes will be the standard on all bikes by 2020. Watch how many teams are on them this year.

“No major brand will ever use disc brakes!! No one will ever put disc brakes in road bikes!!!”

Ah, the good ol’ days.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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01/07/2018 11:14 AM
I hope the spacing is truly standardized.
Cosmic Kid

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01/07/2018 04:54 PM
I expect by the 2020 model year, it will be. There may still be some variability re: disc size, but that shouldn’t be an issue for consumers, just pros. As long as though axle design and mounting styles are standardized, it should be all good.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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