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You don't even want to go too "narrow" w/ road tires. Period.
I used Conti 4k2S's on my gravel bike when riding it as a 'road' bike up in Maine last summer.
I ran 28's, and they rolled really well and fast, plus the extra grip and cush of having more volume.
The 'only' things that made it slow compared to other bikes were:
position (more upright than road, much moreso than TT), and completely non-aero tubes and wheels.
float , hammer , and jog
Some will mention geometry differences and point out handling changes.
However, in practice, it makes very little difference and any changes in handling will probably become "the new normal" as soon as you switch.
The one question is around the internal width of the rim. If the width is relatively wide, to accept a wider gravel tire, it may not play nicely with a "narrow" road tire.
Which model of bike do you have?
The Sequoia have wider rims than the Diverge.
Sequoia rim (~25mm internal rim width) probably need relatively wide road tires (new 32mm GP5000 may work well).
The Diverge has a narrow rim width and probably works with tires down to 28mm, maybe even narrower.
The above poster is a physiologist employed by PEARL iZUMi. However, statements are not made on behalf of nor reflective of PEARL iZUMI in any manner... unless they're good, then they count.
I have ridden my gravel bike on road centuries. The only downside with mine is the gearing with a 1x crankset. For CX/gravel I have a 40 tooth ring. On the road with an 11-42 cassette I run out of gears when descending. That can he fixed by swapping out for a larger chainring, and/or swapping out the freehub for an XD driver and going with a MTB cassette with a 10 tooth cog.
edit: I should mention I'm not a terribly strong cyclist. MOP. I've only started training seriously since November. I usually average about 17-18mph rides over 2-3 hours.
I run a 1x 50t up front and 11x32 in the back for road
and a 1x 40t up front and 11x36 in back for cx
no need for 2 bikes
Hard work is faster then aero
Sounds like I should pick up a second set of wheels and tires, and just switch them out depending on where I am riding. I really like how the disc brakes feel, and the ride just seems better on the gravel bike. It could be the saddle also.
My gravel bike has 53s, and I sometimes take it on the same spirited road rides that I use my Emonda on. Is it as fast? Not quite, but the difference between those bikes is smaller than typical variation in rider ability in a group... so I still mostly ride with the same people.
Differences in tire construction can be considerably more significant than differences in tire size.
One of my friends rides 35mm Marathon Plus Tours on his gravel bike. He's stronger than me when we're both on our road bikes, but on our gravel bikes I tend to beat him on the road despite my tires being FAR wider.
Well, I cannot, because I suck on the bike. But a decent cyclist can. I've got 35mm tires on a gravel bike that performs as well as my road bike. They're Schwalbe G-One's, not slick in the middle, but the texture is fairly light and tight, not like MTB tread, and I don't notice any reduced speed. In fact, I'm considering the sin of getting rid of the road bike because I don't see myself riding it much anymore. I don't race it, and my local roads tend to be pretty rough, so I'm not crazy about riding 23mm and 110 psi.
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I am doing a 200 mile ride in August and wonder if it would be better to use the gravel bike for a more comfortable ride.
I do the majority of my riding on a cross bike with 31mm tires. I love where the are lots of gravel roads so much easier to link a ride using that bike.
Keeping up with other riders at road speeds is also difficult because it is not aero in the slightest. I did use it for a c race oly distance and was about 240 np for 21 mph. That was with 28mm sworks turbos at 80 psi on a slightly rolling course but did have a stiff wind for parts of thr course. Training was usually 210 watt np for about 18 mph. 31s are about 1 mph slower but i also ride them at 35 psi for comfort on the gravel parts. That pressure is ideal for all the bumps and ruts, any higher and the bike is bouncing all over the place.
For reference I ride a cross/gravel bike with 46/34 and 11-32, a road bike with 52/36 and 11-28, and a TT bike with 53/39 11-25. They all feel similar and the gearing differences just account for the changes in tires and riding position.