I am currently planning what my next bike will be like.
Thing that concerns me most is having kind of “do it all” bike. I am thinking about something that will handle gravel, but without losses in performance on a smooth tarmac. I would like to achieve that with simple wheelset swap, instead of having two builds under my roof.
It seems that there are many possibilities in terms of road-ish framesets that can easily handle 35+ mm tires, with some claims of being competitive in terms of aerodynamics, stiffness and handling. However, aesthetics play big role when it comes to the dream bike, as well as selection of the components. There comes my several questions, I would really like to see what’s your opinion on following points, maybe with some examples from your experience.
How do the bikes which can accommodate wide tires look like when you put a wheelset with road specific tires (25-28 mm)? I am talking about Scott Addict Gravel, Supersix Evo CS, New Crux, Open Up, Allied etc. Any of you have some photos to show if it does not look too funny?
Compared to road specific bike, is the potential loss in performance really visible? I am planning to ride fast group rides, some races, but on the other hand also some long distance rides, including gravel, but to stay in all of these fields competitive. Is it even reasonable to have one bike for all of those purposes, with two wheelsets, or is that only an unreal dream at this point?
All the insight would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!