Yeah, group looks nice, but I'm not aware of enough gravel roads in the south east of england to make it worthwhile for me to invest.
I thought hipsters rode garish fixed gear bikes with no brakes?
Forget the Gravel label; that's just for 'Mericans who have billions of miles of actual gravel roads. Just think of it as more flexible gearing options.
Up to now if you wanted lower gearing on a drop barred bike it was a triple chainset*, a MTB cassette and RD**, or one of the rare and / or expensive super compact chainsets often requiring a proprietary BB.
These replace the last of those with hopefully cheaper and freely available Shimano options, and open up a world of other bits and pieces to go with them. All to the good as far as I'm concerned. If I do raid my pension to buy a Mason Resolution frameset to build up in retirement I might just treat it to some of this stuff.
* on my summer bike
** shortly to go on my winter bike which already has a 46/36 CX chainset
There's an astonishingly large amount of "gravel" in SE England.
I bought one 18 months ago with expectations of doing the same loops again and again, but there's an absolute ton of options.
Not necessarily that easy to find, but they are there, be it bridleways, gravel tracks, singletrack, parks, fields, all sorts.
It's bloody good fun too. And there's no traffic.
This shows some of them, but probably only about 5% of the rideable "gravel" (if "gravel" = anything rideable which isn't a road).https://firstname.lastname@example.org ... 8,9,hybrid