BikeRadar Podcast | Our gravel bike setup tips

Welcome to our seven-part podcast series covering all things gravel

1x chainring on a Vielo gravel bike

Gravel riding has exploded in popularity in recent years, with more cyclists than ever turning drop-bar bikes away from the open road.


Over the course of this seven-part series of the BikeRadar Podcast, we’ll be sharing everything there is to know about gravel.

What have we got in store? We’ll be covering topics including how to choose a gravel bike and planning the perfect ride, to the gravel racing scene and whether this is all actually just a reinvention of 90s mountain biking.

We’ll be releasing episodes every Friday. Make sure you subscribe to the BikeRadar Podcast via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your podcast provider of choice, so you don’t miss a beat.

Episode three | Our gravel bike setup tips

Last week we looked at how to choose the best gravel bike for you, and this time we’re taking a deeper dive into gravel bike setup.

To help us navigate this topic, we’re chatting to Vera Ngosi-Sambrook, an avid adventure cyclist who was thrown in at the deep end last year when she was awarded the 2021 Ultra Distance Scholarship, BikeRadar’s Felix Smith, a fellow long distance cyclist and gravel enthusiast, and mountain biker turned gravel convert Tom Marvin.

From gravel gearing to the choice between 650b or 700c wheels, via dropper posts and gravel bike suspension, join us to delve into the intricacies of bike setup.

Episode two | How to choose the best gravel bike for you

For episode two, join us as we tackle what can seem like a really tough question: how to choose the best gravel bike for you.

With an overwhelming number of gravel bikes on the market these days, with offerings from every bike manufacturer, plus more niche brands and custom frame builders, we’ll help you drill down on the best machine for your budget and riding style.

Your host, Katherine Moore, is joined by two of BikeRadar’s gravelliest bike testers, senior technical editor Warren Rossiter (or ‘Woz’) and deputy editor Jack Luke.

Between them we’d be willing to bet that they’ve swung a leg over almost every gravel bike going, from the new generation of bling aero gravel superbikes to some rather retro niche builds.

Make sure you also check out our list of the best gravel bikes for more buying advice and our pick of the top machines reviewed by BikeRadar.

Episode one | Why is gravel riding so popular?

For episode one, we’re starting at the beginning: why is gravel riding so great, and how did we get into it?

With gravel expert Katherine Moore as your host, she’s joined by two of BikeRadar’s keenest multi-terrain riders, Jack Luke and Tom Marvin, along with cycling photographer, bikepacker and ultra-racer Tom Gibbs.


They discuss their journey into gravel riding, why it’s proved to be so popular and what you’ll need to get you started on your trail to gravel enlightenment.