OKAY, I FINALLY GET IT. I can see how one could easily purchase a top o' the line gravel bike and be set. I know I'm not exactly breaking new ground here... but I am for myself. And after today, I'm darn tempted to do it.
It was a pretty good test.
I rolled to our local group ride on my new gravel bike, with Pirelli 40s on it and 50lbs of pressure. This is a very nice bike, but it's 2 tiers down from the flagship bike. So, it could be lighter... a lot lighter if I had a second set of lightweight road wheels.
Anyway, I hung on pretty good except on the steepest, longest climb.
This is same set up that with 32lbs of pressure allows me to ride all the dirt roads and really enjoy good chunk of the single track.
It's definitely a Jackofalltrades bike, and a true master of fun.
Will I really cut the quiver down to 1 bike?
But, it's a real option... and would make life pretty simple.
Speaking of keeping it simple, some people join the PEDALposse for that very reason.: https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse
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