30 Sep Allroad or Able – Which one is the best bike for you?Reading Time: 3 minutes
One of our most asked questions from potential buyers is “Which bike would be best for me, the ALLROAD or ABLE?”.
Both are capable machines, but have distinct features that set them apart from one another. Here we’ll take a dive into each bikes characteristics, and let you decide for yourself…
It’s important to note from the start that the ALLROAD is a performance road bike with the ability to accept 35mm width gravel tires, while the ABLE is a fully capable gravel bike with high volume tire capability and gravel-racing geometry.
We aptly named the ALLROAD a “quiver-killer”, because it performs exceptionally well in a variety of disciplines. Kevin Girkins won the 2019 Sea Otter Classic Pro Criterium on his ALLROAD, and on the same bike a few weeks later rolled a 6th place finish at the famed mixed surface Belgian Waffle Ride. Half a dozen ALLROADs toed the line at this year’s LandRun100 gravel race, with Brandon Melott navigating the mud and technical sections to a 4th place finish. It’s at home at the local Driveway Series Criterium and performs with the best at gravel races like the LandRun100 or SBT Gravel in Colorado.
When the terrain gets undoubtedly technical and the surface goes rugged, the ABLE shines as one of the most capable gravel bikes on the planet. High volume tire capability opens the door for any surface, while a purpose-designed gravel racing geometry creates a bike that masterfully responds to steeper, rockier and more rugged terrain. Colin Strickland and Amity Rockwell piloted their ABLEs to wins in the overall men’s and women’s divisions of Dirty Kanza, notoriously known for its technical and rocky 200-mile course. Kevin Girkins powered his way through the rutted and rocky wagon roads of the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder to win 2 of the 5 stages in the Cascade Mountains on his ABLE. And in recent months Colin soloed his ABLE through the volcanic F-roads of the Icelandic Highlands to win The Rift, then followed up with two stage wins at Rebecca’s Private Idaho.
In the end, your choice will likely depend on the variables that are relevant to you – your local riding terrain, what type of rides/races you frequent, and the characteristics important to you in your next machine. Give a quick reference to the chart below, and if you are still unsure which is best for you, feel free to give us a call or an email. We can help you navigate through the variables of your situation and help you choose the right bike for you.