First post here. Been reading quite a bit, but could not find info on this.
My wife and I have been road biking/touring for almost a decade. Now, this concept of off road riding looks very attractive. We live in India where prices are prohibitive [about 50% import duties], so we buy stuff/bikes when we travel abroad.
I'm looking at putting together gravel bikes for both of us. Entry level for now, but not able to find frames that would suit what we want.
For me an ETT of 55cms with a headtube of 15-16, and for my wife, a ETT of 51-52cm and a headtube of about 13-14cms. Old and not so flexible anymore :-(
Any suggestions? Frames available or shippable to the US preferably [my daughter is going to study there], or to Europe [we travel there for cycling a couple of times a year].
I still have two titanium frames that I have bought and have not yet built, and 2 folding tourers which have parts for an upgrade but not yet done, so this will likely be a long term project, during which I'll keep coming back for help :-) . As you can see, all bikes in our house are in 'twos'.
I like the 'window shopping' part too, so that would keep me occupied online for a while.
Look at the "rise" on frames, not just the head tube length. Two frames with the same HT length, but different bottom bracket drop will have different rises. More BB drop = more rise. More rise = higher (possible) handlebars.