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Help me choose my first gravel bike!

Hi there, I was hoping you guys could help...

I'm looking for my first gravel bike. I'm not able to spend more than £1000, and I'm weighing up these two bikes.

https://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-malt-g1-tiagra-gravel-bike-2020-147541.html

And

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc520-gravel-id_8504030.html

Or... Could u just add gravel tyres to this??

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-520-disc-road-bike-navy-105-id_8554421.html

While all have a bargain basement price tag, they seem to have been well reviewed and appear to have decent components.

I was hoping that the knowledge on this group could help me make a decision.

Just so you know, I'm looking to do a tiny bit of road, but mostly forest tracks. (Road will pro xipalky be riding to the forest) Longest outings would be 4-5hrs. No real bike packing atm. Looking for a solid, tough bike that will serve me well, come rain or shine for a few years.

Many thanks
Ralph

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