Buying a gravel bike in 2019 is somewhat like shopping for laundry detergents: there’s way too much choice, there’s a weird amount of differentiation for what seems like a single purpose, and there’s far too much promise that the product will clean everything in its path. Taking a leap of faith into the crowded gravel market, Grove Bike Co is a fresh name on a growing list of consumer-direct brands. And unlike many small start-up bike brands, Grove has invested in a product entirely of its own design – there’s no Alibaba shopping or open mould sourcing here – no small feat for a sole-owner bike brand. Dave Musgrove is a lifelong bike geek from Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the key person behind Grove Bike Co. Now in his 30s, Musgrove worked within the bike industry from his early teenage years — first as a shop rat, then progressing through the ranks to manage the workshop at one of Sydney’s top shops, and more recently, designing entire bike lineups for Australian bike companies. Somewhere along the way he picked up a Bachelors degree in materials science engineering, with a thesis on carbon nanotubes. And yet, it’s been aluminium bikes that Musgrove has been the most hands-on ...