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There are a lot of bikes out there in this world and you'd think that there would be one for every purpose, every whim and desire possible. Well, you might think that, but you'd be wrong.
I'm guilty of the following as anybody. The desire to have everything tweaked to your utmost desire, and then not like it afterwords. I had a custom frame or two built, and I think it just made the "tweaker" in me even worse. I am not satisfied with either of those two frames, and in fact, I am not even sure I like them at all much of the time.
So, with that in mind, take the following with a grain-o-salt, because even if this bike exists, (which I am pretty sure it doesn't), I may end up not liking it at all, or at least most of the time, like my two custom bikes I have.
The "Perfect" Gravel Bike: Okay, so here is the thing. I want to get a lightweight, comfortable, versatile gravel road bike. Less mountain bike than I have now, and more road bike-ish. This bike would be "old school" in today's road bike terms with slacker geometry, and weirder with clearance for up to 42mm tires. It would have cantilever brakes, not calipers, for mud clearance on B Maintenance roads. It would have at least three bottle mounts, and if it had a steel fork, I would have two more water bottle bosses there too. Stand over clearance would be minimal and shouldering the bike would be a capability that would be a must.
Cyclo-cross rigs have too tall a bottom bracket, and not quite enough clearance for 42's, typically. Touring bikes are too long, too heavy, and again, typically do not clear tires that big. Oh yeah- Did I mention it has to be single speed-able? Also, preferably made from steel, since it rides so nicely when designed right, or a money-is-no-object spec of titanium, which would be primo.
So, there is the basic layout. I'll leave it at that. I think it would make a killer gravel road bike, but you know: I may end up finding out somethings that would make me want to refine the idea, and then, well........you know!