Built with such off-roading features as fat, knobby 700c tires, and drop bars, gravel bikes allow you to travel off the beaten path and discover unpaved roads. They’re lot of fun, in no small part thanks to their relaxed geometry that makes them comfortable for long days in the saddle.

The Diamond Back Haanjo Comp is one of the most comfortable, stable gravel bikes we've ever ridden. We loved the butted 6061 aluminum frame mated with bump-devouring carbon fork, as well as the hybrid disc brakes: grab a fistful of lever and a cable pushes pistons and pads against the rotor to provide plenty of stopping power in all conditions. The Shimano 105 10-speed hub performs flawlessly; rack and fender mounts make outfitting the rig for a bike tour and/or foul weather simple. It’s a bike as well suited for light mountain biking and daily commuting as it is rolling over bump-laden, off-limits terrain.

But the best part of the Haanjo Comp is its price. At $1300, the rig is hundreds less than similarly spec-ed bikes. For anyone looking to jump on the trend, its a no brainer.
[$1,300; diamondback.com]

Field Notes
Days Tested: 30
Area Tested: Bike paths, city streets, mellow single track, and dirt roads in Northern California.
Conditions Encountered: Mud, dust, wet, and dry pavement.
Nitpick: Rear wheel went out of true.