GRAVEL BIKE – one bike for everything
The gravel bike is at home everywhere – on-road, off-road and this year exclusively in Hall 11.1. at Eurobike. This is where the latest developments of what is probably the most versatile form of the bike will be coming together under one roof.
It all started on the endless gravel roads of the USA
Bicycles have always been ridden on stony or cobbled tracks – before asphalted roads even existed. The modern gravel bike also evolved some 15 years ago in the USA. The seemingly endless supply roads of the Midwest, known as the gravel roads, could almost have been made for long-distance races. Now the trend has arrived in Europe too, and what originated as a specialised form has now become probably the most universal bike of all.
More versatile than a road bike
In contrast to the road bike, the gravel bike doesn’t give in when the road surface deteriorates or a farm track branches off. Large-volume tyres with a light tread pattern roll astoundingly well off-road as well. Far away from the traffic noise, the gravel bike really comes into its own on quieter roads and, with its comfortable frame geometry, beckons riders to embark on long pleasurable tours. The Gravel & Adventure Area will provide a chance to experience the differences and benefits at first hand.
More efficient than a mountain bike
Travelling on dirt tracks and trails – gravel bikes are encroaching on the classic mountain bike territories. And as long as the terrain remains manageable, they perform the task rather well. They are lighter, have fast tyres that also roll well on the road and thanks to their drop handlebars offer more options for a change of grip on long rides. At EUROBIKE experts will be on hand to answer in detail any questions on the differences.
Cycling holiday light: bikepacking
Combining the broad range of applications for gravel bikes with modern bikepacking carriers produces the ultimate vehicle for tours over several days. The opportunities range from relaxed excursions into the mountains and trips to the lakeside campsite all the way to competing in self-support racing. The latter involves covering very long distances in the shortest possible time without any outside assistance. Another focus of the Gravel & Adventure Area is the equipment required for these small and large adventures.
The GRAVEL TALK will be in German
Friday June 23rd 2023
|14:00-15:00||Between grassroots and UCI category: What does the perfect gravel event look like?|
|Bernd Hallmann - Candy B. Graveller,
Vicky Foidl - Radhotel Tannenhof,
Sebastian Breuer - Racer,
Thomas Schlecking - Gravel Games,
Jochen Kleinhenz - Mainfranken Graveller
|From multi-day bikepacking events to gravel races in which former professional cyclists take part more and more gravel events are taking place in different formats. What are they now and what do organizers need to consider?|
|15:00-16:00||Magazine, influencer, portal, agency: Is gravel (bike) communication different?|
|Stefan Flessner - Agentur Flessner/Schmitz,
Tim Farin - Fahrradjournalist und Autor
|Gravel biking is no longer a trend, but has established itself in the bike scene - with its own magazines and events. How does gravel communication differ from other types of bikes, such as MTBs or road bikes?|
|16:00-16:30||Gravel bike on sale|
|Carsten Wien - Schicke Mütze Düsseldorf||More and more gravel bikes are crossing the counter in Germany. What do buyers really think?|
Saturday June 24th 2023
|14:00-15:00||Gravelbike in race mode|
|N.N.||Events/Actors/Tips/Tricks/Technique: Gravel races have numerous followers and take place on almost every continent in varying lengths. What makes these off-road races so fascinating?|
|15:00-16:00||Enjoyment Graveln: From a party adventure to bikepacking|
|There are many ways to be on the road with a gravel bike - from a short round to a multi-day or multi-week tour. What should not be missing in the saddlebag and what are the ultimate bikepacking hacks?|
|16:00-16:30||Gravel bikes and accessories - the Products that everyone wants.|
|N.N.||The coolest parts of the show in quick pass-through on stage: fast gravel bikes, practical racks, fancy bikepacking bags. EUROBIKE is the perfect place to get inspired for bikes and gadgets and find out what's possible. Manufacturers will show what they have brought to the bike fair and answer your questions.|
Sebastian Breuer works as liaison manager at Schwalbe. He is German European Chamption of the MTB marathon 2021 and in 2022 he won the Badlands. The same year he finished 5th in the Gravel World Cup. In 2023 he finished third in the Atlas Mountain Race.
The native Hessian has lived in Frankfurt since 2009. She got into bikepacking in 2020. Before that, she spent three years on a road bike and got tired of sharing her route with cars. Professionally, she has been on the road as a kindergarten director for more than 10 years and will be 37 in the summer.
Marcello Pabst (43) discovered his love of cycling very late. In 2019, he bought his first gravel bike. Since the end of 2021, he has been a guide at the Gravel Club Hessen and meanwhile he is also an editor for the associated online portal of the Gravel Collective. In 2022 he started at the Candy B. Graveller and true to the motto "higher, faster, further" he rides at the Taunus Bikepacking in 2023. Even though gravel is still Stein's favorite surface, he has now also discovered the road bike for himself. In addition to his passion for cycling, he also has a bread-and-butter job as a technology consultant at a digital agency in Mainz.
As the brains behind the Gravel Collective, Felix Krakow spends most of the day sitting down. Either writing at the keyboard or pedaling on the gravel bike. Or vice versa. His big goal for this year is to cycle through Lapland.