BIKES ON TRACK The first thing you notice about gravel bikes is their size: There are three sizes of bikes in total, and each one is only slightly bigger than a conventional bike.
You see them on the street all the time, but there are only a handful of them in the UK, and even fewer in Europe.
One of the few manufacturers, Rival, has a couple of sizes for gravel bikes that are as small as 200mm and 250mm, but that’s about it.
“In Europe, you have to be pretty skinny to ride one of these,” says Peter Moulden, Riva’s director of business development.
“You have to have a very thin rider, a very light rider, so you can ride on them.”
This means the bike has to be incredibly light.
Rival’s bikes are so light that they can’t even be ridden by people who weigh less than 40kg (8lb) because they’re so light.
“We can’t be sure that a rider is going to be sitting on the bike at any time,” says Mouldens.
So, as a result, the bikes are usually built to be used by very lightweight riders who weigh between 20 and 40kg.
Mouldes’ biggest worry about the bike is the rider’s height.
“When we do trials, we put the rider on a saddle and the rider sits on the saddle, and then we do the same thing when we do competitions,” he says.
You’ve got to be very careful that the rider doesn’t fall off.” “
The rider is sitting on a bike that is going up and down a hill.
You’ve got to be very careful that the rider doesn’t fall off.”
The only rider on board is the rear wheel, which is the only part of the bike that doesn’t move.
Riva uses a high-performance front wheel and rear wheel to achieve a stable position, but the bike’s design is not just about making the bike lighter but also about making it comfortable.
There are six-inch (18cm) of tubing in the bottom bracket, which means the rider can sit on the handlebars and be comfortable.
“It’s a real low profile bike,” says Tom Smith, head of Riva, who designed the bike with an eye to performance.
That’s the first thing that people have to realise. “
But you can’t ride on the bottom.
The bike’s weight is the main factor that determines its performance. “
What you need to do is have a bike where you can get comfortable and then ride on top, and that’s what you need for the performance.”
The bike’s weight is the main factor that determines its performance.
Riders on Rival bikes need to ride at a slightly lower speed to get the maximum speed out of them, so that the bike can turn easily.
But, at the same time, the bike also needs to be light enough to absorb shock as the rider turns, which gives the rider more confidence and control.
“Because of the suspension, it’s also the most responsive bike in the industry,” says Smith.
“A lot of people think that a lot of the performance comes from the suspension.
But, Smith points out, the suspension is just one part of making a bike.
“I think one of the things we’re trying to do with this bike is make it as light as possible,” he explains.
“There’s also a lot more to it than just the suspension.”
Smith has a lot to do.
He has to build up the technical team to design the bikes.
The team is working on designing a new seat and grips that will make the bike light enough for riders to ride on, and it has to work with Riva to design and build the bike.
The bike has had to be designed to be able to do a few things well, like a light sprint and a high speed lap.
Smith also has to design a handlebar that can be adjustable so that riders can change position in the bike while riding.
Rivadans engineers have been designing and building prototypes for the past few years, but Mould is still learning how the bikes perform.
“Riva has been very supportive of our development and helping us understand our technical and the design aspects of the bicycle,” he told me.
And that’s where things get interesting. “
As you can see, it is a very well built bike.”
And that’s where things get interesting.
“Every time I ride the bike, I’m always looking for the best solution,” Smith says.
So how do you make the best bike?
Mould says that, in the end, you’ll have to trust the