Adventure

Adventure

Discover gravel bikes for off-road adventures

Adventure

Adventure Gravel can be anything: from day trips to outdoor bikepacking. With these bikes, you can explore new trails, enjoy beautiful landscapes and discover nature in all its facets.
  • BACKROAD AL

    BACKROAD AL

    Your aluminium all-rounder for all-road and everyday use
    Dare to explore every day.
    fra 15.643,43 kr.
    To the models
  • BACKROAD

    BACKROAD

    Your gravel bike for great off-road experiences
    Dare to explore.
    fra 23.469,06 kr.
    To the models
  • BACKROAD LIMITED

    BACKROAD LIMITED

    The best-seller with a limited edition paint job and top components
    fra 34.816,22 kr.
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Gravel adventure – which bike suits you best?

Backroad AL

from 15.643,43 kr.

from 9.2 kg

Your aluminium all-rounder for all-road and everyday use


Aluminum
14 attachment points


Aluminium
Rose Stem
Integrated cable routing


Carbon
ROSE Backroad
45 / 47 mm max. tyre width2


Aluminium
Ritchey
25 mm offset


Aluminium
ROSE R/G 253
Tubeless ready

Backroad

from 23.469,06 kr.

from 8.1 kg

For great off-road experiences


Carbon
14 attachment points


Aluminium
Rose Stem
Integrated cable routing


Carbon
ROSE Backroad
45 / 47 mm max. tyre width2


Carbon
ROSE D-Shape
8 / 25 mm offset3


Light Aluminium
ROSE R/G 303
Tubeless ready


Backroad Limited

from 34.816,22 kr.

from 8.1 kg

With a limited edition paint job
and top-notch components


Carbon
14 attachment points
Paint effect


Aluminium
Rose Stem
Integrated cable routing


Carbon
ROSE Backroad
45 / 47 mm mm max. tyre width2


Carbon
ROSE D-Shape
8 / 25 mm offset3


Carbon
ROSE GC 40 / Campagnolo3
Tubeless ready

2Depending on wheel size; 3Depending on model

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  • Adventure Gravel Bike Buyer’s Guide

    Your bike for more adventure in everyday life

    Welcome to your time out. Head out into nature and enjoy yourself. Gravel biking is all about exploring. You can ride just about anywhere you like. Whether on tarmac, gravel, field or forest paths. From short after-work rides to long day tours and multi-day bikepacking adventures. An adventure gravel bike makes all this possible. It is perfect for athletic, fast rides and great bike experiences.

        The most important facts in brief

    • Adventure gravel bikes are all-terrain and long-distance capable
    • They offer many options for carrying luggage and are ideal for bikepacking
    • The BACKROAD Carbon is a little more athletic, the AL is a little better suited for everyday use
    • Gears, tyres, handlebars and wheels influence weight and off-road performance

    What are the features of an adventure gravel bike?

    An adventure gravel bike is characterised by a sporty yet comfortable riding position that allows you to spend long days in the saddle. Compared to a race gravel bike or road bike, the riding posture is more upright, yet allows for efficient pedalling. Gravel bikes in the adventure segment also stand out for smooth running, which provides stability and safety.

    The tyres are usually wide with a deep tread pattern so that they can also handle rougher terrain. Tyre widths of less than 40 mm are a rare thing. This ensures more shock absorption and grip when the going gets rough. For the same reason, wider handlebars are usually fitted, with extra flare on the drops. Comfort and control are very important here.

    Long-distance comfort is also ensured by the frame and add-on parts, which generate more flex to absorb shocks. On the BACKROAD, this is achieved by a cut-out in the seat tube and the flexing carbon seatpost, among other things. And last but not least, you can usually recognise a gravel adventure bike by the numerous mounting points. These allow you to attach enough luggage for long weekend trips or your next bikepacking adventure.

    What is the difference between the BACKROAD and BACKROAD AL?

    You will hardly notice the difference in material on the outside: Smooth weld seams make the aluminium frame of the BACKROAD AL look clean like a carbon frame. Of course, the scales show that the BACKROAD Carbon is lighter than the aluminium version. While the latter is somewhat more robust in everyday use, the carbon frame offers the advantage of higher vibration absorption and a little better power transfer.

    The frame geometry of the two models also differs only slightly. The BACKROAD Carbon has a slightly more athletic design, whereas you sit a little more upright on the BACKROAD AL, which can be an advantage in everyday life and on longer tours.

    BACKROAD
    BACKROAD AL
    Material
    carbon: lightweight, shock-absorbing
    aluminium: robust
    Riding position
    a little more athletic
    a little more upright
    Seat post
    carbon, D-shape
    aluminium, round
    Stem*
    square, fully integrated
    ALR, semi-integrated
    Special features
    cut-out in the seat tube
    more size selection
    *may vary depending on model

    Wo liegen die Unterschiede bei den Modellvarianten?

    The groupset is not only the key factor for power transfer, but also influences the weight. That’s why, high-quality materials, technologies and features are also reflected in the price. In general, all fitted groupsets are designed for use on adventure gravel bikes. The major manufacturers Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo pursue different philosophies in some ways. However, their products are on a comparable level.

    The uncomplicated and reliable singlespeed shifting systems are getting more and more popular, especially in the adventure sector. At higher price points, modern electronic shifting systems are becoming increasingly popular. Powerful disc brakes are a must-have for gravel bikes anyway. These are further differences:

    • Singlespeed shifting systems: for fast gear changes in varied terrain
    • Double shifting systems: for finer gear steps and a more constant cadence
    • Mechanical shifting systems: reliable, robust, easy to adjust, independent of electricity
    • Electronic shifting systems: fast, precise, convenient, can be configured
    • Classified: electronic hub/derailleur gears, combines the advantages of single/double drivetrains
    • Campagnolo Ekar: mechanical singlespeed shifting system with 13 finely graduated gears
    • Wheels: differ mainly in weight, material, rim height and depth
    • Tyres: grip, rolling resistance and shock absorption vary – depending on the width and tread pattern
    • Handlebars: wider for more comfort/control, narrower for better aerodynamics
    • EQ models: equipped for everyday use with mudguards, lights, luggage rack

    What is bikepacking and how do I get started?

    Bikepacking is like bike touring, only faster and more flexible. While touring and hybrid bikes focus on comfortable cycling trips with large panniers, adventure gravel bikes take a more athletic approach. The bags are more compact and usually attached directly to the frame, handlebar or saddle. This means that the gravel bike keeps its off-road capability and agility and you don't have to restrict yourself when choosing a route. That’s also the reason why the BACKROAD has 14 mounting points on the frame.

    The best bit about bikepacking: It requires no major planning. Whether it's a day trip, overnighter or cycling holiday, sleeping in a hotel or in the open air: You can define bikepacking for yourself – or even better, with friends. You can find tips for basic equipment here.

    Which accessories are useful for an adventure gravel bike?

    Gravel cycling only requires a few basics. First and foremost a set of pedals, as these are usually not included with new bikes. Our gravel pedal guide will help you make the right choice. If you opt for clipless pedals, you will also need suitable cycling shoes. The second must-have is a bike helmet. It doesn't matter which model – as long as it fits and feels good. However, lightweight, sporty models with sufficient vents are recommended. Finally, cycling glasses to protect you from the sun and wind.

    Everything else is already optional. However, as there will inevitably be more things, you will find some of the most common accessory categories for the gravel adventure sector listed below.

    FAQ

    Gravel bike or hybrid bike? What is better for cycling tours?
    Hybrid bikes are ideal for relaxed cycling tours on moderate terrain. With gravel bikes, the athletic aspect is more important. What’s more, you can choose the terrain more freely.
    Can I fit mudguards and luggage racks to my gravel bike?
    Yes, this is easily possible with the BACKROAD. Our customer service team will be happy to advise you on your choice.
    How much luggage can I carry on the gravel bike?
    The maximum load depends on the approved system weight, which is 110 kg for the BACKROAD and BACKROAD AL. Subtract the weight of the bike and your own weight with clothing from this. What's left over can be carried as luggage on the bike.
    How do I choose the right frame size for a gravel bike?
    First, please measure your inside leg length. Use a spirit level and a meter stick to help you. Lean against a wall without shoes, hold the spirit level straight and pull it high up into your crotch. Measure the result from the floor to the top edge of the spirit level. The recommendations for your bike model are indicated in the size selection in the ordering process.
    How can I best care for my gravel bike?
    It is important to clean and oil the chain – depending on use, but at the latest after riding in the rain. You should also wash your bike regularly and then lubricate moving parts such as the rear derailleur.
    Are gravel bikes also suitable for beginners?
    Yes, you can just get started with gravel biking. The handlebar on an adventure gravel bike is usually wider than on a road bike and the riding position is more comfortable. If you don’t have any experience with a drop bar and have only ridden bikes with a very upright riding position, it is definitely worth taking a test ride.
    Can I also use my gravel bike for daily commuting?
    Gravel bikes are generally also suitable for commuting. Mudguards and lights are an advantage here – or you can take a direct look at our BACKROAD EQ models. But remember that you will need a backpack or bike bags for your work equipment. A gravel bike with drop bar is too sporty for shoulder bags.
    Can I test ride a bike without an appointment?
    Yes, that’s generally possible. In this case, however, you should expect some waiting time and preferably visit us during the week, with sufficient time until closing time.