Marin Gestalt 2 Gravel Bike - 2017
$1,099.99 MSRP $1,199.99
Road riding is changing. In fact, these days it's more like "road" riding, since so many riders are choosing to ride dropbar bikes on what could only loosely be called a road. While you can (and many have) certainly use an old school road bike for this...why would you want to when there's a bike like the Marin Gestalt 2.
The Gestalt 2 is part of a new breed of road bikes, called gravel bikes or adventure bikes, which expand on the idea of what a road bike can do. The Gestalt 2 is built around a durable, lightweight and adventure-ready Series 3 6061 aluminum alloy frame and carbon fork with a rugged aluminum steerer, relieved headtube and BB. The gravel-oriented geometry gives the bike plenty of compliance for comfort over even the roughest of roads and gravel tracks. Front and rear fender mounts ensure that even when it's muddy, you'll be able to stay (mostly) clean and dry, and rack mounts make it an excellent choice for light touring or bike packing.
When riding gravel, having a wide gear range is essential. That's why the Gestalt 2 comes equipped with a SRAM Rival 1x10-speed drivetrain that features a massive 11-42T cassette and 42T single chainring that gives you gearing for any obstacle you might encounter, while simplifying the drivetrain to make shifting easier. Road focused mechanical disc brakes are reliable on and off road, and have great stopping power. The Gestalt 2 rolls on a set of rugged Marin tubeless ready aluminum double wall rims, wrapped up in Schwalbe's incredible G-One Performance 700x30mm tires with Kevlar puncture protection belt.