It feels like gravel racing is having a bit of a moment and the Garmin Unbound Gravel (formerly DK200) held in Kansas is one of the biggest events in the calendar.
Unbound 200 (it’s actually 206 miles long) gets most of the attention and attracts some of the biggest names in the sport, but there are longer and shorter events too, with the extreme 357-mile Unbound XL for true masochists.
Gravel is a fast-evolving discipline and it attracts a diversity of bike tech not seen in other categories. We’ve rounded up some of the coolest bikes from the 2021 event for you here. Ian Boswell’s Specialized “Rock Combo” Diverge
Claimed to be a sort of OG gravel bike, the original 1989 Specialized Rock Combo was a close relative of the iconic Rockhopper mountain bike, but it had drop bars. This modern-day Specialized Diverge gravel bike pays tribute to the retro bike, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about it.
Specialized supplied three Unbound riders with Rock Combo Diverges and Ian Boswell won the 206-mile men’s race on this 58cm bike, completing the course in 10:17:24.
The Diverge is one of our favourite gravel bikes thanks to its well-judged geometry and Future Shock 2.0 system, which incorporates suspension into the upper part of the headset. If you want to know more about the specifics, don’t miss our detailed Specialized Diverge review .
Boswell’s build is based on a 1×12 SRAM eTap AXS wireless drivetrain in a ‘mullet’ configuration that mixes road and mountain bike parts.A Force power […]