Gravel Bikes and Wheels in Zwift [April 2022]

The gravel cycling scene seems to be growing everywhere we look, so why should Zwift be any different! Many of you may have noticed the influx of new gravel products in The Drop Shop over the past few months as well as some gravel specific programs like such as the latest Garmin UNBOUND Training Experience that kicks off the week of April 11th. This 8 week program is designed to prepare riders for the rigors of an IRL gravel race while also giving riders access to top gravel pro’s on group rides and podcast rides.

Below is a summarization of the gravel specific products in game including the Allied Able which dropped into the shop this week in our latest release. Hopefully this guide helps get you up to speed on what is available for us when the road turns to dirt so you can spend less time researching and more time riding!

BIKES

Allied Able (New in Zwift game release v1.24)
The Able begs to be ripped around on chunky gravel, hardpack dirt, fire roads and singletrack. Purpose-built for wider tires, but with a shorter rear end for telepathic handling. Proven on the brutal terrain of the 2019 Dirty Kanza where Colin Strickland and Amity Rockwell piloted their Ables to overall victory.

  • Weight: 3 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: 15
  • Cost (drops): 720,000

Cervelo Aspero
Cervelo designed the Aspero for the rider who loves the freedom and exploration of gravel riding and who also has the desire to ride wild, to go full bore, and to explore not just geography, but personal limits too. Welcome to the era of speed in gravel.

  • Weight: 3 stars
  • Aero: 3 stars
  • Unlock level: 13
  • Cost (drops): 426,000

Canyon Grail
The Gravel Bike is a blend of two worlds. Road and off-road. It does both well but not quite as good as the road or mountain bike in its specific areas. If your ride is going to take you across a variety of surfaces, the gravel bike will maintain good rolling speed everywhere. A good all-round bike.

  • Weight: 3 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: 23
  • Cost (drops): 355,000

Canyon Inflite
The CX bike is very similar to the gravel bike and uses the same wheels/tires, so the rolling resistance is the same. Just like the gravel bikes, this CX bike will be good across a variety of surfaces. But the road bike is still the outright winner on-road.

  • Weight: 2 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: 10
  • Cost (drops): 234,300

Lauf True Grit
The True Grit is a versatile gravel and endurance race horse, with nerves of carbon. Blast through gravel, sweep the singletracks, float on asphalt or open your recovery beverage of choice. At the core of True Grit is the Lauf Grit SL, with its 30mm of front suspension – the thing that changed how gravel riding is perceived, now taken to the next level.

  • Weight: 2 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: 11
  • Cost (drops): 297,500

Specialized Diverge
Whether your goal is to escape on gravel back roads, far from cars and crowds, or drop the hammer at the front of your favorite gravel race, no bike does it better than the new Diverge. It’s quite simply the fastest, most capable - and just maybe the most fun - bike we’ve ever made, delivering a ride that’s quick and lively under power, but stable and confidence inspiring when the terrain gets rough. From Future Shock 2.0 and all-new gravel geometry, to internal storage and category leading tire clearance, the new Diverge represents everything we’ve learned over more than 40 years of riding road, gravel and dirt. The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. It’s the ultimate getaway vehicle.

  • Weight: 2 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: 12
  • Cost (drops): 532,500

Specialized Crux
The Crux is the lightest gravel bike in the world, with the exceptional capability of massive tire clearance and performance gravel geometry. It’s not just the ultimate expression of gravel performance, it’s your one-way ticket to gravel enlightenment.

  • Weight: 3 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: 17
  • Cost (drops): 869,800

Zwift Gravel:
From the snow-capped mountains of the radio tower to the lush jungle trails of the ruins, this bike is ready for adventure. Equally, at home on pavement, cobbles, wooden bridges, and trails, the only thing that will hold you back is your imagination.

  • Weight: 2 stars
  • Aero: 2 stars
  • Unlock level: None
  • Cost (drops): 163,300

WHEELS
Please note that gravel wheels will appear in the Drop Shop only after you’ve equipped your avatar with a gravel bike.

Enve G23

  • Weight: 1 star
  • Aero: 3 stars
  • Unlock level: None
  • Cost (drops): 17,800

Reserve 25 R

  • Weight: 1 star
  • Aero: 3 stars
  • Unlock level: None
  • Cost (drops): 11,400

CADEX AR 35

  • Weight: 1 star
  • Aero: 3 stars
  • Unlock level: None
  • Cost (drops): 21,300

Roval Terra CLX

  • Weight: 1 star
  • Aero: 3 stars
  • Unlock level: None
  • Cost (drops): 17,800

Zwift Gravel

  • Weight: 1 star
  • Aero: 3 stars
  • Unlock level: None
  • Cost (drops): None
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Interesting that all the gravel wheels appear to have the same attributes accord to the 1-5 star system that Zwift loves. Also enjoy the band wagon. Remember when CX had this big explosion about 10 years ago and has been bleeding off since? I wonder if gravel will be the same?

road races have all but disappeared in the US, other than crits, so gravel has very little competition right now. I expect it to last quite a while.

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Sadly as a former stage/road racer, you are all too correct. Other than the state championships, its gravel or crits anymore. Thankfully, due to the lack of logistics, city planning, policing requirements, etc. We can still have a solid “road race” in Zwift.

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Helped out at races pre pandemic. CXer/ gravel rider that likes do stage races or hard rides. A local long running 3 day stage race died due to cost and loss of racers as no other road races or TTs to prepare racers. It is just crits or MTB locally no then CX suffered in the fall due to pandemic.

The gravel scene grew out the CX boom as people wanted more to do with their CX bikes than just short races each Fall. Or tired of risking lives riding in traffic on paved roads, same reason many people are on zwift. First modern gravel bikes were CX bikes with widest tires possible that would fit or self modified road bike bikes or custom. Old days was just one bike for all terrains. Gravel events/races is here stay and zwift is reflecting that many use zwift when they can not get to dirt roads/trails with drop shop frames, wheels, and surface resistance factors for better rider training for when able to get outside.

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Why isn’t the Zwift Gravel bike free? :thinking:

New Zwift members are given a free Zwift Carbon road bike, Zwift MTB and Zwift TT.