Unveiling the Best E-Gravel Bikes from The Cycle Company

Where innovation meets adventure, the rise of electric gravel bikes has sparked excitement among enthusiasts seeking to tackle varied terrains with ease. Among the many options available, we’re going to review three standouts from The Cycle Company: the Mondraker Dusty R, Merida eSilex+ 600, and 3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival. As each of these electric bikes represents a unique fusion of cutting-edge technology, performance-driven design, and uncompromising quality, embarking on a comprehensive comparison journey becomes not just a quest for the ideal bike, but an exploration of the very essence of gravel riding itself. Join us as we look into the intricacies of these remarkable machines, uncovering their strengths, unravelling their designs, and ultimately helping you decide which one to pick for your adventures.

The Mondraker Dusty R

The Mondraker Dusty R, boasts top-tier performance and cutting-edge technology. Powered by the Mahle X20 motor, this bike delivers unparalleled torque and power, making light work of rugged terrains and challenging ascents with confidence. Its robust yet lightweight frame ensures durability without compromising agility, providing riders with a stable and responsive ride experience. Equipped with touring-friendly fittings such as rack and pannier mounts, the Dusty R allows ample storage and convenience. The Cycle Company are thrilled to be able to offer both flatbar and dropbar versions of the Mondraker Dusty R. So whether you want to ride a little more upright in comfort, or down on the drops, be more stable off road, or all about pace - we have the set up for you. Positioned at the higher end of the price spectrum, its premium components and performance-driven design justify the investment for riders seeking uncompromising excellence in their gravel riding endeavours. A standout feature new for the Dusty R is a 40mm lock-out RockShox Judy suspension fork up front. This upgrade is a significant improvement and makes the Dusty R one of only two builds to offer front suspension alongside the top-of-the-range Dusty XR.

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The Merida eSilex+ 600

The Merida eSilex+ 600 epitomises versatility and reliability. Powered by the Mahle X35 motor, this bike seamlessly blends efficiency with smooth assistance, making it an ideal companion for extended rides across varied terrain. Its lightweight yet durable frame ensures agility without compromising on stability, allowing riders to navigate smoothly through a range of landscapes. Equipped with touring-friendly features such as rack and fender mounts, the eSilex+ 600 beckons adventurers to embark on epic journeys with confidence and convenience. Positioned within the mid to higher price range, its compelling balance of performance and affordability makes it a standout choice for gravel enthusiasts seeking versatility and dependability in their rides. Equipped with Maxxis Rambler Gravel-ready tyres, 650b rims and dropped handlebars, the eSILEX+ 600 provides an incredibly comfortable and enjoyable riding experience. But not only gravel tracks, the eSILEX+ 600 offers a smooth ride on the road, too, making it an impressively versatile bike, opening up much more riding potential!

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3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival

The 3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival, showcased by The Cycle Company, epitomises speed and agility. The 3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival loves road rides or commuting, but is really at home on gravel trails. It weighs just 10.7 kg and rides equally well with the power on and off. Featuring the Mahle X20 motor with a quick-release rear wheel and Sram Rival XPLR group set, the Exploro Racemax Boost Rival is an e-bike you need to test ride. Its sleek and aerodynamic design, coupled with a lightweight frame, ensures performance without compromising on resilience. While its touring fittings may be more limited compared to other models, riders can still customise the Exploro Racemax with aftermarket accessories to suit their needs. Positioned at the higher end of the price spectrum, its cutting-edge design and performance features make it a premier choice for enthusiasts who prioritise top-tier performance and innovation in their gravel riding experience.

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Now that we know more about each of these three bikes, let’s compare specifications.

Motor Differences:

What makes the X35 different to the X20? The X20 has more torque than the X35, which offers a higher power delivery system.

Mondraker Dusty R: Powered by the Mahle X20 motor, this beast delivers high torque and formidable prowess, making it an ideal companion for conquering rugged terrains and steep ascents.

Merida eSilex+ 600: Powered by the Mahle X35 motor, the eSilex+ 600 strikes a balance between efficiency and smooth assistance, perfect for extended rides across mixed terrain.

3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival: Powered by the Mahle X20 motor, tailored for gravel adventures.


Mondraker Dusty R: 13.5kg, this lightweight ebike can be ridden just like a normal bike, but you can turn up the assistance when the fatigue starts to hit!

Merida eSilex+ 600: 14.4kg, an incredibly lightweight gravel ebike making it super easy to tackle any ascent.

3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival: The Mahle X20 motor only weighs just 1.4kgs, which enables the total weight of this e-bike to come to a mind-blowing 10.7kgs, lighter than many non-electric gravel bikes.

Terrain Suitability:

Mondraker Dusty R: All terrains

Merida eSilex+ 600: Gravel

3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival: Gravel and all-road riding

Touring Fittings:

Mondraker Dusty R: Boasting mounting points for racks and panniers, it beckons touring enthusiasts with promises of ample storage and adventure-ready provisions. The Mondraker Dusty R has the compatibility for adding mudguards and racks, catering to commuters and adventurers alike with its pragmatic design.

Merida eSilex+ 600: With touring-friendly features such as rack and fender mounts, it beckons riders to embark on epic journeys with confidence, offering versatility for both commuting and touring endeavours. The bike also embraces customisation with open arms, providing good compatibility for mudguards and racks to tailor the bike according to the rider's preferences and needs.

3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival: While its design prioritises speed and agility, riders can still explore options for adding mudguards and racks to enhance functionality, with some limitations. This bike does not have as many touring fittings as the other two bikes. However, it is available with either a dropbar or flatbar - so whether you are looking for speed and tuck or a more traditinal off-road or commuting set-up - you can choose your ideal handlebar set-up.


Mondraker Dusty R: Currently £4,299.00

Merida eSilex+ 600: Currently £2,900.00 (ex demo)

3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival: Currently £7,399.00

Ideal Buyers:

Mondraker Dusty R: Gravel riders, touring, road riders or commuters.

Merida eSilex+ 600: Those looking for an off-road alternative when out on your own bike or enjoying the path unknown.

3T Exploro Racemax Boost Rival: Designed for those who want speed and gravel racers, it ignites the passions of riders looking for adrenaline-fueled adventures on the open gravel road.

In conclusion, each of these electric bikes offers a unique blend of performance, versatility, and innovation, catering to the diverse needs and preferences of gravel enthusiasts. By delving into the specifications of motor technology, weight distribution, terrain suitability, and touring provisions, riders can make an informed decision to select the perfect e-gravel companion for their next epic adventure. So, take your pick embrace the thrill of the gravel, and embark on a journey of discovery with your chosen e-bike from The Cycle Company.

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