Gravel bike buyer's guide
Adventure begins here
From your first mile off pavement to your five-hundredth, gravel riding ignites something inside us that’s hard to tap into anywhere else. Whether you’re pursuing quiet miles away from town, far-off scenic horizons filled with laughter and friends, a new physical challenge, or something else entirely, we’ve got you covered with all the knowledge, bikes, and gravel gear you need to explore what’s waiting for you down the road less traveled.
What is gravel riding?
What is a gravel bike anyway?
Gravel bikes are multi-surface bicycles built to explore millions of miles of unpaved roads that roll on long after the pavement ends. They find the balance between the off-road capability of a mountain bike and the quick-rolling, lightweight feel of a road bike, giving you every benefit you need to explore far beyond the pavement.
Anatomy of a gravel bike
Gravel bikes vs road bikes
Find out what sets them apart
Types of gravel surfaces
Best for: Light gravel, rough gravel, and light singletrack
Checkpoint is the ultimate drop bar gravel bike for big adventures, gravel racing, and bikepacking.
Up to 45mm (2.1 in) tire clearance
Progressive geometry that balances quick handling with comfort
Flared gravel handlebar for comfort on the long haul
Tons of mounts for bags and racks
Best for: Light gravel, pavement, and mixed surfaces
Domane is a drop bar all-road bike built for mixed-surface rides that roll anywhere from ancient cobbles to crushed gravel.
Up to 38mm tire clearance
Comfortable geometry for all-day rides
FX sport is a flat bar all-road bike perfect for riding pavement and gravel paths, or even touring.
Up to 40mm tire clearance
Upright, comfort-focused riding position.
Mounts for bags and a rack
Electric all-road & gravel bikes
Best for: Light gravel, rough gravel, and pavement with electric assist
Get all-road and gravel capability with an electric boost on the Domane+. These drop-bar electric bikes help you ride farther and faster wherever you roam.
Models range from 38mm all-road to 40mm gravel tire clearance
Support for speeds of 20-28mph, depending on model
Best for: Dirt, mud, grass, and sand
Boone is a lightweight carbon cyclocross race machine for hopping hurdles and ripping through grass, mud, and sand.
Up to 38mm tire clearance
Cross-specific geometry and vibration-damping tech for power, control, and comfort.
What size gravel bike do I need?
The perfect bike fit will keep you cruising the choppy stuff with composure and comfort. Find out what size bike is the best fit for you with Trek’s bike size finder.
How to start your gravel adventure
Pavement ends — adventure begins
Where can I ride gravel?
There are over a million miles of unpaved roads across the United States alone. Find out where you can find the best gravel rides near you, or incredible rides you can explore on your next gravel getaway. Adventure is waiting for you.
Gravel bikepacking & touring
Got an unquenchable thirst for adventure? Bikepacking and touring is your answer. Ride far beyond the beaten path and camp under the starts on bikes built to load up and roll way, way out there.