The reason for the new fat-tire "gravel bikes" is to expand the market. There are some people who will not ride a standard road bike on the road because they're afraid of cars. So how to sell them a bike? Tell them they can ride on unpaved roads with fat tires and low pressure. But I live in a city and there are no gravel roads.Subjective question I know.
Just had a great discussion with a shop owner and he was telling me all about newer bikes. Slacker angles and wider tires that run on lower pressures.
I’m still riding a 1986 steel guercotti that has 25mm tires and wide handlebars. Full 9spd STI setup.
Tried googling newer road geometry but kinda came up empty.
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There are even more people who will not buy a bike because they become tired and get out of breath if they have to peddle it. How to sell those people a bike? Put a motor on it and call it an "e-bike". Tell them they can ride uphill with zero effort.
There gravel bikes and e-bikes are not better. They are just aimed at a different market.