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    Thoughts on wheelbase length for a gravel bike?

    What are your thoughts on wheelbase length when it comes to gravel trail riding? Is a long wheelbase preferable, or a short one?

    I have a 93 Cannondale T-1000 that has slowly evolved into my gravel trail bike.

    It performs well but is not as zippy as I'd like due to the long wheelbase. This makes for a stable and predictable ride but dodging rocks at high speed requires harder turns to get the rear wheel out of the way.

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    Of course there is no right answer for everyone...for me, I prefer comfort when riding gravel roads or dirt/gravel trails for hours at a time. I find my steel bike with (very) long wheelbase and 32mm tires feels very comfy when compared to my cross bike with 40mm tires and shorter wheelbase...and I attribute this to the wheelbase, and frame (steel vs aluminum). Like you've said, it won't turn fast, but I often just roll over small objects as opposed to stearing around them like I would with a skinny tire bike.

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