So, you’ve heard the buzz, and you’re ready to get into gravel bikes this year.
Maybe, though, you’re still on the fence about which kind of gravel biking you want to do: adventure or all-round?
Look no further; we’ve done the research for you and pitted our R-Spec, all-road, against the G-Spec, gravel and adventure.
As you probably guessed, the R in R-Spec stands for road. If you’re planning on attacking the asphalt, on your own or in a group, with occasional forays onto packed gravel trails, then the R-Spec is the machine for you.
The different versions of the R-Spec have a few things in common: they all come equipped with reasonable and comfortable tires, the Maxxis Re-Fuse size 700x32. They also all feature a front derailleur to allow you to find the perfect cadence for your group rides. And we’ve designed all three R-Specs with a classic cockpit: handlebars that match the width of your shoulders without exterior flare. In other words, the R-Spec offers exactly the configuration sought-after by road cyclists who seek the freedom to explore.
The road is calling, but it’s more a call to the road less travelled: the rough roads, the abandoned or logging roads, the wooded trail, or even the mountain single-track, found deep in a national park. In short, the G in G-Spec is for gravel, for gnarly, for when you need to just give’er.
Adventure is in the DNA of the Hatchet G-Spec, whether you’re heading out for a day of fun or for a week of bike-packing.
That’s why all five configurations of the Hatchet G-Spec come equipped with Maxxis Rambler 700x45 tires, ready to face difficult terrain and loose snow. When it comes to the cockpit, we provide a bit more handlebar flare in the G-Spec than the R-Spec, giving you more width and control.
Choosing a Hatchet means choosing flexibility without having to ignore the call to adventure or forgetting the taste of the open road.
Whether you choose the Hatchet R-Spec or the G-Spec, either frame can be outfitted with 700x45 tires (or even a bit bigger, to be perfectly honest).
And finally, any Hatchet configuration comes with a variety of mounts for racks, mudguards, and other bike bags and accessories for bike-packing and cycle touring.