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Help choosing a gravel bike!

Old 11-03-17, 04:01 PM
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Help choosing a gravel bike!

So, hi everyone. I am trying to choose a gravel bike. I am torn between the giant TOUGHROAD SLR GX 0, fuji jari 1.3 and Centurion Crossfire Gravel 3000. I don't race, I mostly ride for fun, fitness and touring, so I am looking for something in that range. All three look great, with small pros and cons, but I don't know that much about bikes so I'm not sure.

I really can't decide, please help!
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Fit is most important. Can you ride these models locally?
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Not really. I rode the toughroad, but they only had a size bigger than mine. It felt a tini tiny bit too large. Otherwise very nice over all. I would be ordering the bike online in any case.
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Another alternative I'm looking at is the Trek crosstrip 3.
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I love ordering things on-line... I am a big Amazon fan... just click and it shows up.

But from my own experience it really takes a short test ride to judge a bicycles fit and feel. And fit is the very most important part of a bicycle.... with color coming in a clear (albeit distance) 2nd.
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I would love to be able to test ride them beforehand, but the only shops with gravel bikes are giant (which didn't have my fit and won't till like February or something) and a hipster bike shop which wouldn't let my mainstream hands come anywhere near one of their trendy steal hand made bikes before paying. So I'm kinda screwed in that way. I was hoping you guys could suggest the best value for the money out of the four :/
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Originally Posted by kmatt03
I would love to be able to test ride them beforehand, but the only shops with gravel bikes are giant (which didn't have my fit and won't till like February or something) and a hipster bike shop which wouldn't let my mainstream hands come anywhere near one of their trendy steal hand made bikes before paying. So I'm kinda screwed in that way. I was hoping you guys could suggest the best value for the money out of the four :/
Love your comment about the hipster shop
That's my experience as well.

Commented over on that other place; think the Jari is your best bet.
Check the stack and reach against your current ride.
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Im guessing you are in europe since ypu asked about a Centurion bike.
What are the costs for each over there?
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They're all about the same. The centurion sells for 1700, the jari for 1800 and the toughroad and crossrip for 1900.
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What got you to these three?
In my opinion, there are some small and large differences between them.
- Max tire size and tires they come with is very different.
- 1x on the Giant compared to 2x on the other other 2
- Fuji being subcompact and an 11-34 (best 1st gear option of the three)
- Crossfire compact with 11-32 (worst 1st gear option of the three)
- Fuji having HYD/RD cable actuated hyd brakes and the other full hyd. (I personally have both, they each have their pros/cons)
- Differences in geometry, some similar but others not. Like the Giant having the larger chainstays and largest wheelbase although a not the slackest headtube.
- Fuji has more mounting options for stuff
- All 11 speed, more expensive to replace/repair then a 10 speed although that gap is getting narrower (this may not mean anything to you)
- Do you like SRAM doubletap vs Shimano STI shifting method or don't care. That means a lot to some people. Giant is SRAM.

All of the differences above mean different things to different people, none better or worse than the other. In my opinion, those differences are big enough that you deciding on what means more to you might help you lean towards one bike over another if these 3 are your only choices. Riding hills, any touring maybe in your future, want a larger wheel base, more shifter/brake options, wider tires, more mounting options and then the other choices that are non technical like what bike would you rather be seen on, the color etc.

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Originally Posted by kmatt03
They're all about the same. The centurion sells for 1700, the jari for 1800 and the toughroad and crossrip for 1900.
the Giant is tough like MTB tough and will give you that very un rowdy ride feeling but solid feel.
The Trek is nice , I have an older one. but they Over built the fork, and it's brutal. Combine that with the Bontrager tires H5 and its a harsh ride.
The Fuji, those brakes are hideous looking. but they supposedly work well.
The Crossfire is interesting, It has a 15mm front thru axle and a higher BB. It will be like a road bike with bigger tires.

The fuji and Crossfire are the only 2 with thru axle.
Giant are always nice bikes and a 1x is very simple/fun. depending on your hills. 1x might not be fun.
I put Aksiums wheels on my Trek, but I am going to sell it and moving on.

My opinion make it between the Crossfire and the Giant.
Crossfire shorter wheel base, sporty ride.
Giant longer wheel base, making it a very stable ride.

fun is arbitrary, fitness works on all of them. Giant has the wheel base for touring but the 1x kind of ruins that unless you are touring flat! Subtract another point from the Giant for being 9mm QR axles.

my Trek also has serious fork shudder on braking, annoying. Might be better with hydraulic brakes with the better modulation. But who wants use modulation to avoid fork shudder? the future is tapered fork steerers! the other annoying thing is disc alignment with 9mm QR, the future is thru axle. I do like the bike though, I just hate riding it. Love/hate

negative for the Crossfire will be no mudguard mounts on the fork.
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You're looking at the bikes because that's what you asked. But first look at you and your background as far as the type of riding that you do now, not 5 years ago.

Most gravel bike riders come from another riding style, that might lean your decision one way or another.
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Any cross/touring/road-ish bike that will clear 32mm or better tires.

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