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Cyclocross and Gravel Bikes: What's the difference? 

Some people might just say that it is a marketing scam, but there are real differences between CX bikes and Gravel bikes. Can you grind on a 'cross bike? Of course. Can you cross race on a grinder? Sure. But there are differences. 

Cyclocross bikes are designed for racing, and therefore they will typically be slightly more agile bikes. Steeper headtube angles, shorter wheelbases, and higher BBs make them quicker handling. Companies also route cables so they don't get in the way when shouldering the bike, and true race bikes won't have superfluous rack and fender mounts (to save weight). Some don't even have bottle cage bolts. 

Gravel bikes usually have longer wheelbases and slightly more relaxed geometries with lower BBs. This makes them a little more stable at higher speeds (think riding downhill on the road). They also usually have more tire clearance so you can run 40 or 42mm tires, and fender and rack mounts. Gravel Grinders tend to be a little more comfortable, designed for the long, rough rides. 

Come on into the shop and we'll be happy to talk about both. We can also give you maps of some super fun gravel rides throughout central Oregon, courtesy of dirtyfreehub.com

Surly Pack Rat Frameset
$525.00
The Surly Pack Rat is designed around porteur-style racks and front-loading optimization, with a front cargo-specific design to eliminate steering issues. The fork features internal routing for generator hubs and rear frame dropouts to accommodate multiple drivetrain configurations. It’s an ideal choice for loaded commutes and bike trips with a lighter load, but also rides great when unloaded. - 100% Surly 4130 Chromoly frame, main triangle is double-butted; 1-1/8" threadless brazed Chromoly fork - Bosses front and rear for cantilever or linear-pull brakes, rack and fender eyelets at the dropouts, eyelets at the crown, and fully threaded through-blade fork eyelets for a front rack - Semi-horizontal dropouts with a derailleur hanger for geared or singlespeed drivetrains and/or wheelbase adjustability
Surly Steamroller Frameset
$525.00
Whether you're commuting to work, turning left on the track, or just cruising the city streets, Surly's Steamroller is your rig of choice! Its tough chromoly frame and fork ride smooth like butter and deftly maneuver the pothole-strewn pavement of the urban jungle. Its agility comes from a geometry that leans more towards the road than the track. And with Fatties Fit Fine tire clearance, you can run comfy wide tires or even knobby 'cross rubber.
Surly Disc Trucker Frameset
$575.00
Surly's Long Haul Trucker enjoys a reputation as one of the best riding and most value-packed touring bikes out there. It's been around long enough to be tested in the real world, in all kinds of places, with all kinds of loads on all kinds of roads. Sometimes, however, a combination of load, climate and terrain demands a bit more braking performance than a standard rim-brake LHT can provide. That's where the Disc Trucker comes in. Disc Trucker is a Long Haul Trucker specifically designed for the unique forces discs impose. Surly made sure it can run discs, racks, and fenders with no jury rigging, a somewhat unique feature they've just now decided to call Simulpatibility. You'll need to outfit it with the extras you want, like fenders and racks. Surly doesn't include that stuff because everybody's needs are different. From the casual commuter to the person who rides around the world more than once, the Disc Trucker is more than capable. It's a tool designed from the ground up to take you and a bunch of stuff just about anywhere you'd like to go. It is a tool to help you get lost and find yourself.
Surly Straggler 650b Frameset
$600.00 - $630.00
We think by now, most of you get what Straggler is. It’s a madly versatile bike that can be used for most types of riding and riding surfaces. Better still is that you now have the option of 650b wheel size. 650b wheels were popular for a long time many years ago on ‘Constructeur’ style bicycles and we all know how real stuff was back in the day…650b wheels strike a nice balance between the benefits of both 26” and 700c sizes. The smaller wheel allows smaller riders to fit well on smaller frames, produces a stronger wheel, makes fitting big-ass tires easier and are more agile than their larger counterparts. Straggler has disc caliper mounts instead of rim brake studs. It’ll accept rotors up to 160mm. The rear dropouts are unique, too. They’re a partially closed horizontal design that accommodates singlespeed or geared drivetrains. They feature stop screws that thread in from the rear to further secure the wheel and to position the rear wheel for optimal shifting, plus a forward-mounted stop screw on the drive side to keep the wheel from slipping forward under the force of your gargantuan legs. The rear dropouts are spaced 135mm instead of 132.5mm like the Cross-Check simply because there are far more options for disc hubs in this spacing. Straggler 650b has braze-ons for fenders, racks and bottle cages. The geometry is slightly different, with angles and tube lengths very close but not identical to the Cross-Check, but like the Cross-Check it’s ready to take you just about anywhere. It’s a day tripper and a weekender. It’s a ‘rough road’ road bike. It’s a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing. It’s a utilitarian townie. It’s a light-duty touring bike. It’s an all-weather commuter. And when you get tired of one set up, you can swap parts around and turn it into something else. We think that’s pretty neat.
Surly Straggler Frameset
$630.00
So what is this Straggler anyway? The easy answer is to say that we added disc brakes to a Cross-Check and this is close to accurate. People have asked us to make a disc version of our highly versatile Cross-Check for a long time now and almost everything about the two are very similar. Straggler is slightly different, though. The most obvious difference of course is that the Straggler has disc caliper mounts instead of rim brake studs. It’ll accept rotors up to 160mm. The rear dropouts are unique, too. They’re a partially closed horizontal design that accommodates singlespeed or geared drivetrains. They feature stop screws that thread in from the rear to further secure the wheel and to position the rear wheel for optimal shifting, plus a forward-mounted stop screw on the drive side to keep the wheel from slipping forward under the force of your gargantuan legs. The rear dropouts are spaced 135mm instead of 132.5mm like the Cross-Check simply because there are far more options for disc hubs in this spacing. Straggler shares all of the Cross-Check’s braze-ons for fenders, racks and bottle cages. The Straggler’s geometry is slightly different, with angles and tube lengths very close but not identical to the Cross-Check, but like the Cross-Check it’s ready to take you just about anywhere. It’s a day tripper and a weekender. It’s a ‘rough road’ road bike. It’s a cyclocross bike with no pretense about racing. It’s a utilitarian townie. It’s a light-duty touring bike. It’s an all-weather commuter. And when you get tired of one set up, you can swap parts around and turn it into something else. We think that’s pretty neat.
Surly Disc Trucker 26-inch Frameset
$765.00
A class-leading touring bike, the newly redesigned Disc Trucker provides versatility and dependability on the daily commute or trans-continental excursion. Fork blade three-pack mounts enable you to attach and haul even more stuff, and the frame features a low bottom bracket and long chainstays for comfort and stability while loaded down. With increased stack height and improved standover clearance, plus ample space for larger tires and fenders, it’s designed to go the distance. Introduced in 2012, the Disc Trucker is widely considered one of the best-in-class touring bicycles available today. Truly at home on the road, it features updated geo and modern component compatibility, along with versatile mounting options that make it ideal for daily commutes and months-long disappearing acts alike. Built from Surly’s proprietary, touring-compliant 'Natch tubesets, updates to the Disc Trucker include a shortened seat tube and slightly sloped top tube for better stand-over clearance, plus an increased stack height for a more relaxed riding position. Shortened chainstays offer improved stiffness and maneuverability around corners, while 12mm thru-axles provide a stiffer feel and greater stability when fully loaded. To ensure the Disc Trucker continues to exceed expectations in terms of compatibility with modern product standards, its dropouts have been redesigned to accommodate flat-mount disc brakes and captured thru-axles. An updated fork incorporates dynamo routing and three-pack mounts for even more mounting options. - 100% Chromoly steel frame and fork; double-butted main triangle and E.D. coating for increased frame life - Braze-ons for fenders, racks, and almost anything else you might want to stick on your bike, plus spare spoke holders for when the road gets rough - Fork blade three-pack mounts for even more mounting options, plus routing for Dynamo hubs - Redesigned front and rear dropouts to accommodate captured 12mm thru-axles and flat-mount disc brakes - Clearance for 26 x 2.1" tires with or without fenders
Salsa Marrakesh Frameset
$899.00 - $999.00
Marrakesh is Salsa's world-touring bike, designed for fully loaded, rugged exploration. It’s stable and predictable when heavily loaded, and durable enough to take on everything from the Turkish dust to mud from Thailand’s monsoon season. Starting with a Marrakesh frameset and hand-selecting the components with the help of your friendly local bike shop is probably the best way for you to create a bike that's perfect for you. After all, when you're going to spend this many hours on a bike, you need it to be just right.
Salsa Vaya Frameset
$1,099.00
Vaya is designed to handle any road surface, from pavement to gravel to dirt. Whether you’re on a fast tour or just taking your time, this all road adventure and light touring bike is a versatile machine that feels great lightly loaded or unloaded. Build this frameset into the Vaya that meets YOUR needs. The frameset is the perfect foundation for a highly capable all-road or light touring bike. Whether your focus is fast and playful for blazing around fire roads or robust and stable for off-pavement exploration, Vaya's game.
Surly Pack Rat
$1,475.00
Over the years, Surly has been finding new and better ways to haul stuff on the front of their bikes - from fork braze-ons to racks to bags. The Pack Rat is the culmination of all those years and is specifically designed around porteur-style racks and front-loading optimization. Why would someone want to strap a bunch of crap to the front of their bike? Glad you asked. Having your stuff in front of you means it's close at hand and easily accessible. It also allows for better weight distribution. We've all ridden with a pannier full of groceries. Some of us have wiped out around a sketchy corner and watched as our precious eggs and bananas go flying every which way in an act of Mario Kart-level carnage. A front load keeps the bike nimble and allows you to more efficiently use your body to steer from the rear and avoid such a super market massacre. The drawback with front-loading on a lot of bikes, however, lies in how it affects the bike's handling. The weight pulls you through turns in an awkward sort of way as if the load is doing the steering and you don't even have control over your own life anymore. It makes for an overall less enjoyable ride. The Pack Rat's front cargo-specific design eliminates that steering issues but also rides great without cargo. There's no need to load it down with cans of beans every time you want to go for a ride. Unless that's your thing. We're not here to tell you how to live. In an effort to jumpstart your front cargo carrying dreams, Surly includes a 24-pack rack on the complete bike version. The Pack Rat rolls on 26-inch wheels in the smaller sizes and 650b wheels in the larger ones. Smaller diameter wheels keep the weight of the load lower than a 700c wheel would, thereby improving handling and ride feel. Pack Rat's fork also includes some handy internal routing for generator hubs so you can safely ride off into the night. Dedicated commuters, credit card tourers, those who enjoy the occasional sub-24 campout, and sweaty back people looking to leave their backpack behind need look no further than the Pack Rat. - 26-inch Wheel Size has room for tires up to 26 x 2.0, 650B Wheel Size has room for tire up to 650b x 48mm - Surly 24-pack rack included with complete bike - 100% Surly 4130 Chromoly frame, main triangle is double-butted; 1-1/8-inch threadless brazed Chromoly fork - Bosses front and rear for cantilever or linear-pull brakes, rack and fender eyelets at the dropouts, eyelets at the crown, and fully threaded through-blade fork eyelets for a front rack - Semi-horizontal dropouts with a derailleur hanger for geared or singlespeed drivetrains and/or wheelbase adjustability
Scott Addict 30 Disc
$1,999.99
The SCOTT Addict 30 Disc is the absolute BEST way to level up your cycling game without spending a fortune. If you enjoy long days in the saddle and coming home after the street lights come on, then the Scott Addict Disc is for you. This all-day endurance ride will put you in position to lead the group, improve your fitness, and take on bigger challenges thanks to a host of killer features that are too good to pass up. Check out why the Addict 30 Disc is the perfect performance-minded endurance road bike for riders with goals: Endurance focused geometry The geometry is less focused on racing and more on enduring long days on roads that can test your resolve. It's slightly more upright so you can avoid unnecessary back and neck pain and keep those wheels turning. Maximum control and hill climbing chops The Shimano Tiagra drivetrain and disc brakes give you all the gearing you need for the steepest climbs while keeping you in control when the weather turns for the worst. High performance Syncros components The Addict 30 Disc is complete with a carbon seatpost, aluminum stem and handlebar for a nice little performance upgrade that you'll absolutely love. Super fast, super tough hoops The lightweight Race 24 aluminum rims wrapped in Schwalbe Durano 700x32c tires provide maximum durability and stable handling.
Salsa Warroad Frameset
$2,099.00
Warroad is Salsa’s endurance all-road bike built to perform on-road, while being fully capable of off-pavement pursuits. It’s the bike for riders who don’t define a road ride by the surfaces they travel. Endurance all-road geometry, Class 5 frame Vibration Reduction System, dual wheel-size compatibility with a wide range of tire fitments, and a variety of mounting options set the Warroad apart.
Salsa Fargo Apex 1
$2,399.00
Fargo Apex 1 is Salsa's drop-bar off-road touring bike built to shatter limits. Ride it on singletrack, gravel, or other places you wouldn't take your standard touring bike. A triple-butted steel frame and huge tire clearance provide cushion on rugged roads. Alternator dropouts allow for any drivetrain you can imagine, and cargo mounts let you carry enough to go days between resupplies. SRAM's Apex 1 drivetrain is a reliable workhorse with the range for many adventures.
Salsa Vaya GRX 600
$2,499.00
Vaya GRX 600 lets you head out for rides that seamlessly cover everything from fresh asphalt to chunky gravel. The triple-butted tubing provides a silky steel ride, and the ability to run high-volume tires adds to the plush factor. Vaya's geometry and cargo-mounting options make it a prime choice for carrying the goods you need for long days in the saddle or light touring loads for multi-day trips. Shimano's GRX 600 drivetrain is a reliable performer no matter what your ride has in store.
Salsa Warbird Carbon Apex 1
$2,799.00
When you want every advantage on your next gravel race or group ride, reach for the Salsa Warbird Carbon Apex 1. The Warbird traces its roots to being the first dedicated gravel race bike in the industry, and it shows no signs of giving up its lofty status. Built for all out speed and control on rough terrain, this machine will take your game up a notch or eight. - High-modulus carbon frame with rear thru-axle dropouts and rear rack compatibility via Rack-Lock seat collar (sold separately) - Class 5 vibration reduction system dramatically increases comfort - Waxwing carbon fork featuring a 12 x 100mm thru-axle, Three-Pack and fender mounts, mid-blade eyelets, dynamo cable routing, and flat-mount brake standard - Full-frame internal cable routing for Di2 and mechanical brakes - Toptube bag mounts on all sizes, 3 bottle mounts on sizes 56cm and up - Clearance for 40mm-travel suspension forks and internal dropper post routing (1x set-ups only)
Salsa Fargo Ti Frameset
$2,999.00
The Fargo is Salsa’s original drop bar mountain bike. A bit of a cult classic, it’s designed for mixed surface riders and bikepackers that like variety in their routes, with the capability to carry everything needed when out for days on end. Carefully crafted in 3/2.5 seamless triple-butted Titanium tubing, paired with Salsa’s new Firestarter Carbon boost fork, this frameset is ready for any dream-bike build. - Titanium tube set provides appropriate stiffness and compliance for fantastic ride quality - Alternator Dropouts v1.5; split-able version of the renowned Alternator Dropout for ultimate drivetrain versatility, including belt drive and singlespeed setups - Adjustable rear spacing can accommodate 27.5+ or 29-inch wheels, and on sizes Small to X-large, 29+ - Firestarter 110 Carbon Deluxe boost fork features high modulus carbon construction, tapered steer tube and four sets of Three-Pack mounts to offer incredible load-carrying possibilities. Mid-blade mounts for low rider racks. Internal routing for Boost spacing Dynamo hubs and fender mounts (compatible with 29 x 2.2-inch tire maximum clearance) - Fork now has a 51mm offset and is designed for 180mm maximum rotors, with tire clearance for 27.5 x 2.8-3.0-inch or 29 x 2.2 – 3.0-inch sizes - Frameset includes front and rear Salsa Deadbolt Ultralight thru-axles, Cane Creek 40 Headset and Salsa Lip-Lock seat collar
Salsa Warroad Ultegra
$4,299.00
For those seeking more than just the "Lightest-stiffest-most aerodynamic" road bike experience, Warroad is just the thing. The agile and full-featured carbon fiber frameset is designed with Class 5 VRS for compliance and composure on the rough stuff. Warroad’s endurance road geometry is designed for sustained rides, with ample frame and fork mounts for your all-day ride provisions. Designed to accommodate both 700c and 650b wheels, Warroad riders can set up a second wheelset for changing terrain or preferences. Add Shimano’s Ultegra components, renowned for light and smooth shifting, and you’ve got an all-road bike that feels right in every way.
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