BH’s latest gravel bike leans towards fast mixed-surface riding and versatility in the new affordable GravelX EVO Carbon. The new performance carbon gravel bike frame is built around big wheels and enough versatile mounting points to outfit most adventures, plus the ability to opt for road compact or 1x gravel gearing in two different Shimano GRX builds.

BH GravelX EVO Carbon affordable GRX-equipped gravel bike

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike

Gravel bikes are all the rage these days. And while versatility is still the hallmark of gravel, cyclists often will do best to pick the general wheel & tire size they need before looking to frame materials & adventure capability next. Spanish bike maker BH has chosen to build a speed-focused gravel range inspired by endurance road racing, with 700c x 42mm tires as their max recommendation, and suggesting to look more towards MTB if you need bigger tires.

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike
c. BH, ride photos by Salva Moreno

The new GravelX Evo Carbon build directly on the alloy GravelX that has been in their line for a couple of years now, bringing down the weight and upping the long-distance comfort wit the move to carbon.

BH GravelX endurance race geometry

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike geometry

BH claims to have “always been a pioneer when it comes to using innovative geometries”, and there is maybe something to be said for that with the GravelX. Especially the larger two sizes get steep angles for snappy, road-like handling, but BH gives their gravel bikes taller headtubes for a more comfortable, more upright position on the bike, then longer wheelbases overall for more improved stability both at speed and when loaded down.

GravelX EVO Carbon frame tech details

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike

To develop the all-new carbon gravel frame, BH used the same Hollow Core Internal Molding techniques from their lightest road & MTB frames with a mix of T800 & T500 carbon to craft a light & stiff, but still durable gravel bike.

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike 2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike

The asymmetric rear GravelX Evo gets a full carbon BB386 EVO bottom bracket, 1.5″ full carbon tapered steerer, 27.2mm seatpost, flat mount disc brakes (140mm rear & 160mm front), 12mm thru-axles with hidden levers, and clearance for up to 42mm tires with mud clearance.

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike

The new bike gets internal cable routing for 1x or 2x drivetrains, and is compatible with mechanical or electronic groupsets, including a Di2 battery mount inside the seatpost & control box in the bar end.

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike

Beyond its gravel race focus, BH also designed in more adventure versatility – with mounts for a rear rack & front panniers, standard bottle mounts (plus 2-position on the downtube), a toptube fuel bag & under the BB cage mount, plus eyelets for full-coverage fenders front & rear (removable).

GravelX EVO Carbon pricing & availability

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike
2020 BH GravelX EVO 3.0 GRX

BH debuts their new carbon gravel bike with two Shimano GRX equipped builds, both offering solid value for the spec you get. The 2800€ GravelX EVO 3.0 gets a mechanical GRX 2×11 with 50/34 road compact rings on an FSA crank with a 11-32 out back, plus 17mm internal Shimano RS170 alloy wheels.

2020 BH GravelX EVO Carbon gravel bike, affordable Shimano GRX-equipped 700c carbon gravel road bike
2020 BH GravelX EVO 3.5 GRX Di2

The top Di2-spec’d GravelX EVO 3.5 sells for 3700€ with a GRX Di2 1x drivetrain with a 40T FSA narrow/wide ring on Omega cranks paired to an 11-42 cassette, plus a 105-level 19mm internal tubeless RS370 alloy wheelset. Both are said to be available now through your local BH dealer.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Why do manufacturers insist on fitting bento box bosses to their frames? I’ve never used one or would want to; never seen anyone use one and in the event that someone felt they needed one, top tube bags usually come with velcro straps … so no problem there.
    That point on the top tube where bento box bosses usually go is right about where you most definitely want any frame-weakening holes in the event of a forward impact (years in the framebuilding/repair biz qualifies me to say this) so how many frames need to crack/fail before brands stop ticking boxes and drop them from their frame spec sheet?

    • I’ve seen lots and lots of cracked frames from crashes and also from defects. Haven’t seen one line of damage come close to the bento box rivet nuts. Or to tri bike cable ports right behind the stem…
      And lots of people use them. It’s really nice when you don’t have to use the velcro. It’s more stable and sturdy. There are plenty of bags designed strictly for direct bolt on fitting.

    • Hate bento boxes, or any kind of gas tank bag. If you stand up at all while climbing your knees hit the thing no matter the size. Pretty much everybody I ride with has tried them and end up never using again.

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