What It Is: A road bike that keeps on trucking after the road ends.
Why We Like It: In a word: versatility. The Haanjo Trail is part of a new category of road bikes that resists categories. It’s a gravel bike, but also a very comfortable commuter. We spent weeks commuting in New York City, and loved the way this bike absorbed anything in its path. Credit that to some beefy 40c cyclocross-style tires that roll over potholes, jump curbs, and spin down dirt trails with equal aplomb. And even with all that rubber, the bike still feels nimble. Besides riding lighter than it should, the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame is bombproof, and the TRP hydraulic disc brakes made quick stops even in wet weather. (The Shimano Ultegra drivetrain is also a nice perk at this price point.) We liked the slack geometry for getting around town, but once in the drops, we were still able to get a little aggressive and even race a few cabs uptown.
Nitpick: While we got used to the fit, this bike’s geometry runs large. We normally ride a 56cm frame but barely cleared the top bar on a flat-footed straddle.