“On first glance, I found the gravel bike to be a curious machine. All the road bike aesthetics are there, only slightly beefier. It’s like a road bike bully. I knew I was a bit late to the party, but what struck me on my first ride was that it really is a road bike, just extra cushy and comfy. My bike was armed with a SRAM 1×11 group set, including 10-42 cassette, disc brakes, and of course cushy 35c tires. It didn’t feel so much different than what I am used to, but I sure wouldn’t pedal my Tarmac on the gravel we were riding.”

Ultralight Bike Touring in the Alps by By Alain Rumpf     https://alpsinsight.com/stories/gravel-biking/