I gotta agree with crankymommys about a lot of it coming down to skillset and course. Some riders, it doesn't matter they can roll it through anything. And others, they can give you sympathetic arm cramps just watching them. So thank your genetics (or the Lord, if credit is due) if you are able to ride anything on your road bike. You're one of the lucky ones.To add to crankymommys comment, I gotta say that tire size is one of the most important factors in what helps us hone a bikes "purpose" be it road, gravel, cross, mountain, dh. What's beautiful about the Volagi is the geometry. If you look at it closely, it's really a road bike. And that is something unique in the constellation of gravel bikes hitting the market; most of them are just cyclocross bike geo with road tires. But the true beauty of the Volagi is that you can put up to a 43mm Bruce Gordon tire on it and expand your ability to let loose on the rough stuff. And that tire is one fun tire to ride! More practical might be a 700x40. It's an experience you just can't replicate with 700x25-28s. There is a certain degree of bumpiness where you can literally look over at the roadie and watch them drift back purely on rolling resistance, while your big tires just carry you forward. Though the phrase "gravel grinder" grates my eardrums, I love the fact that there are no real rules about how to gravel grind, because unlike road racing, winning isn't the ultimate aim. It's more important how you roll, and it's nice to have a bike that let's you roll how you wanna.
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