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 A bespoke titanium frame is splashy, not flashy.

 A bespoke titanium frame is splashy, not flashy.

Photographer: Keith E. Morrison/Bloomberg

Everything You Need to Know about Gravel Bikes, the Latest Trend in Cycling

Testing a bike that's not designed for the mountain or the road, but can handle almost anything.

If a mountain bike allows a rider to take the road not traveled, the gravel bike is designed to let riders take the road that’s … only sort of a road.

The bike industry has a long history of hyping new niche machines. Remember when fat tire bikes were all the rage? Gravel bikes are just the latest example. They’re durable enough to handle modest terrain—gravel trails, fire roads, etc.— while remaining light and nimble enough to efficiently cruise on pavement as well.