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Best gravel bikes under £2000 2024 —budget off-road bikes packed with performance

On a budget but looking for a gravel bike? Here are our top picks and favourite rides - all priced £2,000 or less

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Bike prices are in a bit of a flux at the moment, and despite the high-end models costing several thousand pounds can still get some very capable gravel grinders for less than £2,000. Choosing the best gravel bike for you will depend a lot on what type of riding you mostly do, but to help you choose we've put together our top selection including options for all-out speed, through to those that are better for multi-day bikepacking trips.  

If you want a gravel bike that doesn't break the bank, there's a vast array of options available. For many people, spending between £1,000 and £2,000 on their gravel bike will be the sweet spot of performance and price, with good quality components and competitive weights without getting into the price bands where performance gains diminish. 

If you've had a look through our recommendations and decided you'd rather spend a bit less then you can check out our best gravel bikes under £1000 buyer's guide. 

How we review gravel bikes 

Far from just getting a bike out of the box and going for a quick spin, reviewers use products for a month before submitting their verdicts. Gravel bikes are complex packages which we assess for their overall quality, ride characteristics and value. We look at every bolt and bit, check the quality of construction, performance, durability, weight, comfort and value, and we'll make sure we compare to similar products when assessing how good or bad something is versus what else is available. We won't expect a sub £2k gravel bike to have the same components and sprinting abilities as a £10k superbike!  

We test bikes over several weeks and in various conditions and terrains. What constitutes gravel varies massively throughout the UK and worldwide, and we try to cover as much ground on each bike as we can to figure out its strengths and weaknesses. While some bikes excel on rough trails akin to XC mountain bike trails, others are better suited for all-road adventures and have geometry and tyres suitable for road and off-road. We take all of this into account when testing, and report our full findings in the written reviews. 

Why you can trust us

When it comes to buyer's guides, we will only ever recommend products that fared well in reviews. That does mean sometimes that popular products or brands don't make it into our guides, but if the review isn't mostly positive, we won't include it. 

Our reviewers are all experienced cyclists, and so are the team members who put these guides together. That means you can be sure the product selections are our genuine top picks, not just a round-up of things we can make a commission from.

With all that clarified, let's crack into the best-scoring sub-£2,000 gravel bikes we've tested over the years. 

Best gravel bikes under £2,000

Boardman ADV 8.9

Boardman ADV 8.9 bike ridden by a man in bib shorts on gravel

Boardman ADV 8.9

Best gravel bike under £2,000
Buy now for £1200 from Halfords
Quality groupset for the money
Great ride quality
Decent tyre clearances
Narrow rims don't lend themselves well to wide tyres
Very thin bar tape

The ADV 8.9 is a helluva lot of bike for the money, and it seems a misnomer to label this as an entry-level gravel bike given the way it rides and handles. The ADV is capable on both gravel and road sections, is well-specced for the money and is a great entry point into the world of rough stuff.

The theme of good value continues with the componentry. The bike comes specced with an FSA double chainset, which provides plenty of range, and this is paired to a 10-speed Shimano GRX 400 series groupset: at this price it's hard to beat.

With the Boardman, you get plenty of impressive components and features that you'd expect to find on a much more expensive bike (and often don't) such as the 38mm Schwalbe G-One Allround tyres and tubeless-ready ADV wheels. 

With space for 45mm tyres (or 42mm with mudguards fitted), hydraulic disc brakes, reliable components, well thought-out geometry and a sub 11kg all-in weight, this is all the gravel bike that most people will ever want or need. It's tremendous value and a bit of a no-brainer!

Surly Grappler

Surly Grappler

Best budget steel gravel bike
Buy now for £2199 from Brixton Cycles
Massive tyre clearance
Loads of mounting points
Great quality frameset
Microshift levers aren’t the most comfortable
Cable operated discs are no match for hydraulics

This one is not quite under the £2k mark, but it's really a bike that warrants a place in this guide if you can possibly stretch your budget by a couple hundred. Why? Well, the Surly Grappler is a steel-framed drop-bar bike that excels on various terrains, and with its massive tyre clearance and abundance of mounting points, it's ready for any adventure you might have in mind. Despite some component compromises, such as the Microshift levers and cable-operated disc brakes, the Grappler's quality steel frameset left us very impressed. 

Stu found that the Grappler is an unexpectedly fun bike to ride, with its stability and comfortable handling, especially on descents and technical sections. The steel frame provides a smooth and reliable ride, absorbing shocks from rough trails and the geometry, though unconventional, enhances manoeuvrability and reduces fatigue on longer rides.

While the gear shifting and braking might not match the smoothness of higher-end systems, the Grappler compensates with its solid performance and durability. Its robust construction, along with numerous mounts and tyre clearance for up to 27.5-inch x 2.8in or 29-inch x 2.2in for the fork and 27.5-inch x 3in (27.5-inch x 2.8in with mudguard) on the frame, you can really take this bike on the roughest terrains. 

Priced at £2,200 for the complete build, the Surly Grappler is also an excellent value bike for any gravel cyclist seeking a rugged, go-anywhere drop-bar bike that can handle a variety of riding conditions.

Liv Devote 1

Liv Devote 1 gravel bike on gravel path with female rider

Liv Devote 1

Best women's gravel bike under £2,000
Buy now for £1499 from Woodrup Cycles
Climbs and descends well on and off road
Bar position takes some fine-tuning for optimum comfort

Women-specific bikes are starting to be a bit of a rarity, but one of the brands proudly producing women-specific bikes is Liv - and it's doing the job well as many of its bikes appear among our best bikes. The Liv Devote 1 - and the wider devote range, which was updated in 2023 - is a great example of this. The Devote 1 model we tested has an alloy frame and carbon fork and its size range caters for rider heights down to 150cm. The bikes are well-specced with sensibly sized, narrower bars and shorter cranks and stems throughout the range. Despite the update, much of the bike, including its affordable price, has remained the same for the Liv Devote 1 2024 model. 

The low bottom bracket gives a feeling of stability on descents and makes it seem as though you're sitting 'in' the bike rather than on it. The frame can fit up to 45mm tyres, which makes this a versatile machine that reviewer Lara found to be no slouch. Like the Boardman featured earlier, the Liv ships with a reliable Shimano GRX 400 groupset and benefits from Giant componentry elsewhere, such as tubeless wheels and finishing gear.

The Devote excels over most terrain, whether that's mile-eating rides over rough ground, slow-speed twisty stuff or even tarmac sections. Lara summed up the bike by concluding that those who favour women-specific designs and want a gravel-focused do-it-all bike "will love the geometry and confidence-inspiring handling of the Devote 1, and it's not bad value for money either."

Mason Bokeh gravel bike frameset on black background

Mason Bokeh frameset

Best gravel bike frameset under £2,000
Buy now for £1325 from Mason
Up to 50mm tyres (On 650b wheels)
Frame quality and paint
The price

Mason says the Bokeh "was there at the start of the gravel riding and bike packing scene and in its latest version remains one of the most popular bicycles on gravel-race start lines and ultra-endurance adventures". We couldn't agree more, and thanks to clearance for up to 45mm tyres (50mm on 650b wheels) and an abundance of rack and guard mounts - including routing for a dynamo light - this is one extremely capable frameset. 

The Bokeh uses custom-formed, triple-butted Dedacciai Aluminium which is made in Italy, and a Mason Parallax full carbon thru-axle fork. So, the function is there, what about the form? Well, Mason creates some of the nicest finished bikes about, and the Bokeh didn't fail to impress us with tidy welding and excellent paint quality. 

The Bokeh also received an update since we tested the bike, and though the 2023 refresh didn't change things drastically, the few changes include an all-new Mason RangeFinder•AS fork and six accessory mounting points including new mounting points for bolt-on top-tube bags. These mounts, and the fender-mount snuck on the rear of the seat tube, are now fully brazed for strength.

This bike has been a regular on our Recommends section and end-of-year awards. At one point we said: "It is fair to say that all aluminium frames are not created equal. The Bokeh slips in at the sublime end of the spectrum. If this bike is on your wish list then don’t hesitate." 

Orro Terra X GRX gravel bike sideview in studio

Orro Terra X GRX400

Best gravel bike for beginners
Buy now for £1359.99 from Winstanleys Bikes
Versatile frameset
Geometry gives balanced handling
Good spec list for the money
Not as much tyre clearance as some
A bit weighty on the climbs

The Orro Terra X GRX400 is a beginner-friendly gravel bike with an aluminium frame and a carbon fork. Its geometry is similar to an endurance road bike, which gives it a slightly racier edge while still maintaining stability on slippery or loose surfaces. Stu found that this bike handles well on technical descents and remains planted at higher speeds, although it may feel a bit heavy on climbs due to its frame and component choices.

Overall, the Terra X is a very well-specced gravel bike for its price point, offering good value and versatility for riders looking for a capable all-rounder. It's got plenty of mounting points for accessories like guards and racks, which makes it suitable for commuting and bikepacking adventures alike. The Shimano GRX RX400 groupset offers smooth operations even on more rattly terrains, while the Fulcrum Rapid Red 900 DB wheels and Continental Terra Trail tyres are both reliable and not slowing down your gravel adventures. 

Ribble CGR AL Shimano 105

Ribble CGR AL Shimano 105 gravel bike ridden on gravel

Ribble CGR AL Shimano 105

Best versatile budget gravel bike
Buy now for £1599 from Ribble
Excellent value with quality and details that belie the price
Custom built and fit options make it easy to get what you want
Handling hits a neat middle ground for lots of different riding
The back end is quite stiff

Ribble's CGR AL is a hugely versatile and superb value bike for everything from gravel bashing to cyclocross and road commuting the CGR bit of the name stands for Cyclocross, Gravel and Road. This bike has been in the brand's lineup for years which is a testament to its appeal for the gravel riders looking for a bargain. 

Versatility is the main appeal of the CGR, and if you plan to mix a bit of gravel or a cyclocross race alongside regular commuting, then this bike is superb. You can of course also benefit from Ribble's extensive customisation options to fine-tune the components to taste and riding terrain. If you're after a drop bar bike that can take on pretty much anything you care to throw at it, the CGR AL comes highly recommended. 

Our review bike came with the Shimano 105 groupset - one that has since our review got an additional cog and been updated to 12-speed - and even the 2024 model offers outstanding value at £1,599. The default kit favours road use but can be customised easily and a simple tyre swap will take you far. That said, this is a superb choice for those seeking a do-it-all drop bar bike, with plenty of customisation options. 

More great sub £2,000 gravel bike options

Cube Nuroad EX gravel bike riding on gravel road

Cube Nuroad EX

Buy now for £1699 from Wheelbase
Lively performance
Very good value
Excellent Shimano GRX components
Maximum system weight of 115kg

The Cube Nuroad EX is a versatile and comfortable gravel bike offering exceptional value for money. Built around a robust aluminium frame with a full carbon fork, it delivers a lively performance suitable for various terrains. The components, from the Shimano GRX drivetrain to the hydraulic disc brakes, this bike has everything a beginner gravel rider might want. 

Mat concluded that the Nuroad EX feels nimble and responsive, thanks to its well-balanced geometry and wide and grippy WTB Riddler tyres. Whether tackling gravel trails or rough roads, the bike handles with stability and control, and the relaxed geometry adds comfort for longer spins. The full-carbon fork absorbs vibrations effectively, and if you want to add even more comfort there's clearance for up to 45mm-wide tyres.

While the Nuroad EX might lack some features found in higher-end gravel bikes, it compensates those with its great overall performance and affordability.

Condor Odyssey Gravel bike on a stand in studio

Condor Odyssey Gravel Frameset

Buy now for £1499 from Condor Cycles
Excellent ride quality
Decent weight for a full build
Loads of mounting points
Welding doesn't have the smoothest finish
Mudguard mounts aren't in the traditional positions

If you are looking to build your own gravel bike, then the Condor Odyssey Gravel Frameset is a great option for the base to build upon. Handmade in Italy, the aluminium frame features a smart design with numerous mounting points and tyre clearance of up to 43mm. The geometry is influenced by road bikes but adapted for stability on gravel - and we found it strikes a perfect balance between responsiveness and control.

The well-crafted tubeset minimises harshness and rattle of gravel, without sacrificing stiffness, making the Odyssey equally adept at tackling technical trails as long-distance rides. The versatility of this frameset is heightened by its compatibility with various build options, which means you can build the bike of your dreams or choose one of Condor's build options (a complete bike with GRX400 groupset goes for £2,645). While there are cheaper alternatives on the market, the Odyssey's exclusivity, European craftsmanship, and superb performance set it apart - and 

sideview of Marin Gestalt XR gravel bike on a gravel road with top tube bag

Marin Gestalt XR

Buy now for £1499 from Winstanleys Bikes
Versatile but confidence inspiring geometry
Solid built kit for the cash
Great rear end compliance
Front end is a little harsh
Gear ratio favours speed on flats rather than climbing ability
Low standover limits space for frame bags

The Marin Gestalt XR retails slightly over the £2k mark, but at the time of writing, you can snap it for £1,499 which makes it an absolute bargain. The Gestalt XR is a bike that really stands out in this price category with its aggressive geometry borrowed from mountain biking. Priced at just over £2,000, it offers a solid build kit and exceptional versatility for riders seeking a fast and capable gravel machine.

The bike's long, slack, and low geometry, along with its 700x44 Vee Tire Co. Rocket Man tyres, deliver stability and confidence on both flats and descents, while its compliant rear end ensures comfort over rough terrain. Equipped with Shimano GRX components, including an 11-speed 11-42T cassette, it ticks along well on flats and descends well, but it does struggle a little on steeper climbs due to its gearing. However, that's balanced with its capability on technical descents and singletrack, thanks to the mountain bike-inspired geometry and dropper post compatibility.

The frame, constructed from Series 3 Beyond Road 6061 aluminium, features internal cable routing and mounts for fenders and racks, adding some bikepacking capability, too. Overall, the Marin Gestalt XR offers excellent performance and value for gravel riders seeking a bike that excels on fast-paced adventures and techy gravel terrain.

How to choose from the best gravel bikes under £2000

What is a gravel bike?

A gravel bike allows you to leave the tarmac behind you and head off onto traffic-free tracks, fire roads and bridleways. Because of this, gravel bikes have larger tyre clearances (typically around 45mm) than even the best endurance road bikes (typically around 34mm) and more relaxed geometry. You can find out more of the differences in our endurance bike vs gravel bike video.

Because gravel bikes are often used for multiday adventures and bikepacking, they usually feature many mounts such as on the fork legs, top tube and downtube to help carry luggage and extra fluids. Gravel bikes also usually feature a wide range of gears to help get you up steep technical climbs.

Of course, a gravel bike can also be used on the road, but they do give up a little efficiency compared to an all-out road bike. The geometry is tuned to keep you stable on gravel descents, so they are sometimes less agile than their road counterparts and more compliant/less stiff to soak up some of the additional bumps.

What tyre size is best for gravel?

Now, this question is a bit like how long is a piece of string... obviously, it depends a lot on the type of gravel you ride.

A larger gravel tyre will increase grip, control and comfort, but at the expense of rolling resistance. It's important to have some idea of what kind of tyres will suit your riding best before purchasing a new gravel bike, as it will help to determine the clearance needed. You can see our top picks of the best gravel bike tyres in our buyer's guide section.

For riders who have many road sections and will only be tackling 'light', fast gravel such as fire roads, then we'd recommend using around a 38mm tyre.

For the majority of gravel riders who want to do a bit of everything and take on 'chunky gravel' then around a 45mm tyre will be best. This is the maximum that many of the latest gravel bikes will take (apart from the likes of the Surly Grappler we featured above), and will allow you to float over larger pieces of gravel without giving up too much in terms of speed.

Riders who want to take on rocky descents and benefit from maximum comfort should consider using something even wider, in the region of 50mm; but we've seen gravel tyres up to around 2.25", especially on bikes with smaller diameter 650b (also referred to as 27.5in) wheels.

Is carbon best for a gravel bike?

Carbon has many benefits as a frame material on a gravel bike. Carbon gravel bikes often boast lighter weight, impressive stiffness and excellent compliance compared to an alloy bike.

Due to the way that a carbon bike is made, the layup can be fine-tuned in each area to offer stiffness where it's needed; around the bottom bracket, for example. Compliance and comfort can then be built into other areas, such as the top tube and seat stays.

You can find out more about the benefits of bike frame materials in our thorough frame materials guide here

Although carbon is great, there is still definitely a place for alloy gravel bikes. They're often cheaper (just take the picks in this buyer's guide as an example) and there aren't many carbon gravel bikes that have managed to impress us for under £2,000.

A further benefit of using metal as a frame material is impact strength and repairability. Carbon is difficult and costly to repair, which is why we still see many ultra-endurance athletes and bikepackers using aluminium, steel and even titanium bikes - they simply offer better peace of mind in case you were to have a little tumble. 

How much does a good gravel bike weigh?

As the price of gravel bikes goes up, the weight very often comes down. The lightest mass-market gravel bikes can weigh as little as 8kg; however, gravel bikes for less than £2,000 typically range between 10 and 11kg.

Usually, the most effective way of reducing the weight of a gravel bike is by replacing the stock wheels with some of the best gravel bike wheels, which can very often save in the region of 400g. If you're looking for more inspiration on the best gravel bike upgrades, check out our Youtube video featuring top six ways to improve your ride.

Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops. 

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SimoninSpalding | 4 months ago

My god that Surly is ungainly - have they ever made a nicely proportioned bike?

I can't see why you would choose something so compromised by poor components at that price when you can get something like the Ragley Trig with GRX for much less

cyclisto replied to SimoninSpalding | 4 months ago

I know it looks horrible, but this is the only one with upright geometry, that most people will appreciate. The majority of dropbar bikes, have too low geometries, for the majority of people's needs regarding comfort and visibility. Or simply there are people on flatbar bikes, that would really benefit if they had tall dropbar bikes.

Kudos to Surly to design based on what people really need and not on what people fantasize to be.