Gravel Bike Vs XC Flat Bar | What’s The Difference?

Gravel Bike Vs XC Flat Bar | What’s The Difference?

Are you torn between a gravel bike and a flat bar XC mountain bike? Which is faster? Which is more versatile for bikepacking trips? In this video, Anna & Doddy are out in the Forest Of Dean to spend the day comparing the two options as they look at the pros and cons of gravel Vs flat bar XC bikes!

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  1. J. C. on March 31, 2023 at 7:12 am

    There just doesn’t seem to be many gravel trails

  2. sean gallaway on March 31, 2023 at 7:12 am

    UNFORTUNATELY with the cost of good bikes today, it’s all I can do to have a good Mt Bike & a good Road Bike… LET ALONE A GOOD GRAVEL BIKE AS WELL 🥴🫤😒

  3. Sunny D on March 31, 2023 at 7:12 am

    That XC bike is more of a street fighter vs an XC mountain bike. The forks are a key part of XC mbs. Also, Xc mb is more upright and cruiser like vs gravel, so you can enjoy the view more. But hey, Gravels the hot thing now.

  4. Leo on March 31, 2023 at 7:13 am

    The flat bar looks so much better.

  5. Rampant Lion Smiddy on March 31, 2023 at 7:14 am

    i had a shot on my mates on one gravel bike and the diferance was like chalk and cheese compaird to my hard rock it was a speed machine!! was so much easyer to ride, and my hard rock is faster than my s works carbon stump jumper on thr flat stuff although the hard rock has faster rolling tyres on it than my stump jumper so guess i can see the point if you just want to do gravel rideing and stuff like that.

  6. Izidor on March 31, 2023 at 7:16 am

    5min over 70km…you sound like roadies 😜

  7. Niceup on March 31, 2023 at 7:16 am

    excellent production subbed

  8. Darren Z on March 31, 2023 at 7:18 am

    "It’s not the wrong bike, it’s the wrong trail."

    That’s a great quote.

  9. Jobsworth Jobber on March 31, 2023 at 7:21 am

    ‘Gravel’ .

  10. Austin Blachly on March 31, 2023 at 7:23 am

    "Look at my old mtn bike worth 6,500 pounds without a custom paint job and see how it compares to a new bike" I’d say pretty effing close.

  11. Sean MacCartan on March 31, 2023 at 7:24 am

    I have a decent tourer and a decent MTB.When gravels first became a thing a few years back , I resisted the cynicism and kept an open mind. But nothing has yet convinced me that they aren’t the stuffed crust pizza of cycling; just another way of selling you essentially the same thing , or something you’ve already tried. Brilliant piece of marketing , though, I’ll give the bike industry that.

  12. Adam Talbot on March 31, 2023 at 7:24 am

    what ergon saddle is on that bike?

  13. Nugroho Ar on March 31, 2023 at 7:25 am

    I ride cheap old used XC fittted with 24x2inch road bias tire, and found the difference with entry level roadbike on flat tarmac around 24 vs. 27 kph..

  14. bikebudha01 on March 31, 2023 at 7:25 am

    If your gravel adventures are mainly gravel and paved roads, use the drop bar.
    If your gravel adventures include tons of forrest service roads and singletrack, use the flat bar.
    Why? Riding rough roads on a drop bar sucks. ESPECIALLY trying to brake from the hoods of a drop bar. Mountain bike brakes work so much better on rough roads. Additinoally, flat bars are wider which does two things. More control on rough roads. Your brakes are farther apart, easier more controllable braking.

  15. pab26120 on March 31, 2023 at 7:28 am

    The gravel bikes belongs to Youtuber. In life, …

  16. Damian Milne on March 31, 2023 at 7:30 am

    I routinely train on flat gravel – fast 50-100km loops for base km – race xc marathons on an old carbon 29er XC bike. Funny thing is there are always gravel bike riders on my training loops but most only do one or two loops tops – 25km – which they could easily do on a real XC bike – I wonder if gravel is an industry driven hype beast designed to sell stuff that most folks probably don’t need. If you actually do the work and routinely ride a lazy 200km plus base km each week on flat gravel (on any bike) – your fancy pants gravel bike has very little points of difference – I would go as far as to say perceived gains of bike types actually reduce over distance with a dialed in XC marathon rig – in the real world, wind, and weather tend to cancel out any individual aero gains – and its all about legs and lungs – big difference with gravel riders is most ride in pristine lycra clad packs and know how to tuck-in and work together, where as drafting is typically a no no for MTB. Yes, I have been known to jump on the back of a gravel pack, and get a free ride on a breezy day- my old flat bar 29er does just fine.

  17. Jeremiah Reyes on March 31, 2023 at 7:30 am

    I had more questions by the end of the video

  18. David Buurma on March 31, 2023 at 7:32 am

    More of Anna in the future

  19. richard simms on March 31, 2023 at 7:32 am

    Magnificent countryside. Fun video. Thanks

  20. Rupanjoli Kakoty on March 31, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Actually a city bike with wide tyres would be even better there at low speed

  21. kristaps berzins on March 31, 2023 at 7:36 am

    I love those new school/old MTB 👍

  22. CHARLES COX on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Gravel Bikes are for Roadies who want to hit some dirt paths or fire roads along the way. They avoid dirt climbs tho because they know the downhills are going to kill them.

  23. James Bradley on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    I love orbea but 6k+ for that thing 😬 I’d take Anna’s bike and buy a canyon lux with the Change ! Two for the price of one and use each as intended 🤷🏾

  24. Hugh Wallace on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    That’s successfully put me off buying a rigid MTB! 😂

  25. Hartoyo Wijaya on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    I LOVE FLAT BAR Indonesia 👌

  26. 101picofarad on March 31, 2023 at 7:40 am

    мда… похоже сейчас ни где норм резину не достать кроме как витториа с алиэкспресс…

  27. Duncan Brown on March 31, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I’m a converted road biker from MTB. been saying for years gravel bikes are just a way for road bikers to get an MTB without actually saying they are riding an MTB!

  28. Rolf Aalto on March 31, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Put drops on a quality 90s MTB and you’ve got the best of both worlds — that’s what I ride in Devon, England, and it outperforms both of these, especially for bikepacking. I also think that 1x drivetrains cost you a lot of options for finding exactly the right gear over longer distances — so I’ve got a 2x CX drivetrain on the bike.

  29. SILVER TV on March 31, 2023 at 7:42 am

    one of the best review videos about these bikes. It really depends on what the rider wants. I prefer the all around purpose mountain bike.

  30. Marc Guerino on March 31, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Niceee happy I saw this. Was looking into my first gravel bike to compliment my new full suspension. Love the content 🤙

  31. Piper Moonshine on March 31, 2023 at 7:44 am

    as a women of limited means I prefer to have one bike for everything..I just purchased for me, a sick mountain bike that I use for everything and I love it.

  32. JJ Caron on March 31, 2023 at 7:45 am

    these two are hilarious on screen!!🤣🤣 love the vid.

  33. Андрей Храбчиков on March 31, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Дураком надо быть , что бы не понять что руль баран не для леса. .. 🤦‍♂️

  34. We Are Motörhead on March 31, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Zapinka była🤔.

  35. Bacciagalupe on March 31, 2023 at 7:49 am

    : )

  36. Scottslookingabout on March 31, 2023 at 7:50 am

    I’m putting a flatbar on my cyclocross for the winter time double and green blue single track rides with 41mm knobbies.

  37. Ali Zurix on March 31, 2023 at 7:51 am

    you just cant beat the efficiency, versatility and speed of a gravel bike. truly an all-rounder.

  38. Ed M on March 31, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Just ride mann lol

  39. Martin Wild on March 31, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Brilliant bike what size is the frame please good video 👍

  40. Deez Nutz on March 31, 2023 at 7:56 am

    3:22 Chad wide bar no simping

  41. Henry Villon on March 31, 2023 at 7:56 am

    that’s an amazing frame on that orbea!

  42. S F on March 31, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Gear ratios?

  43. thenodaksmurf on March 31, 2023 at 7:57 am

    This year i have been using my mountain bike for gravel races and mountain bike rides.

  44. Rule 303 on March 31, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I am with Doddy on this one..That Orbea is making me drool🤤

  45. Chris Johnson on March 31, 2023 at 7:59 am

    N+1 gotta have the right bike for the job!

  46. Daniel on March 31, 2023 at 8:02 am

    Just bought a Kona Rove DL and it’s a great bike, but I’m also considering buying a road bike too as I love to focus on cadence and long distance for supplemental training for running.

  47. Nicklas Tegner on March 31, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Love the dynamic between you guys but I must say that for me, gravel isn’t the chill choice. It’s the hardest but it might be because I like to take every single track road possible, just like Doddy. Love these vids keep it up 👍🤘

  48. Winkler Tribe on March 31, 2023 at 8:04 am

    I only have one bike, but fortunately, I can lock out the suspension so I don’t have to miss out on gravel rides with friends.

  49. Rat 868 on March 31, 2023 at 8:09 am

    Anna is just fine as hell ! real babe 😘

  50. Marc T on March 31, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Everyone knows that gravel bike drop bars are the best because it’s the latest fad. How can anyone use flat bars when they are so old? Trends rule the components one wants. And if you don’t agree with these gravel bike influencers, they will respond like you called their children ugly