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So I am curious about Gravel bikes, can you set the bike up that you can hang with the regular road bikes on out rides on both the hills and flats?

 

There's some chance you'll be faster. Gravel bikes are great for those of us who don't have the core strength for a more traditional road bike position (low handles/high saddle)

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So I am curious about Gravel bikes, can you set the bike up that you can hang with the regular road bikes on out rides on both the hills and flats?

You can hang with anything, if you have enough power and fitness. 

 

But yes, you can. You may be burning a few more watts than them, if they're the same mass as you are, but you'll be able to hang with them. 

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So I am curious about Gravel bikes, can you set the bike up that you can hang with the regular road bikes on out rides on both the hills and flats?

Are you hanging with a bunch of Cat 5s or Peter Sagan?

 

Jokes aside, it depends on your group, and your confidence with keeping up, but I can assure you it comes down to tyre choice. Thinn(er) tyres will help. And suck wheel like a champ.

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