The bike you’d turn to if you were to quit your job and embark on an impromptu pedal-powered world tour!
Essentially a slightly more upmarket, posher Tour de Fer, sporting a bit more kit and an upgraded Reynolds 725 Heat-Treated chromoly frame for those looking for that fully-loaded, no-stone left-unturned, off-the-peg expedition bike.
Build-wise, we dressed the frame with durable, no-nonsense components that we knew from personal experience are tour/expedition worthy and should last the sorts of high-mileages for which the bike was intended. The spec list should, by all accounts, read like a cyclo tourist’s wishlist; even going so far as to include an SP dynamo hub and B&M headlight!
Expedition-ready straight from the box - just add rider, luggage and a strong sense of adventure.
The natural successor to the legendary Marathon XR and sitting at the top of the new Marathon range as go-to expedition tyre. They’re tough, light (580g) and the ideal option for taking the path less travelled with their combination of smooth centre tread for fast, efficient straight-line rolling and side lugs for bite when the going gets loose and rough. The perfect compromise tyre for a mixture of sealed and unsealed surfaces - worry not when the ‘road runs out’ around the next bend!
The Cargo is the original, a stable in the Tubus range since it was introduced back in 1988 (and for good reason!) and the absolute standard by which all other luggage racks are measured. Renowned durability for even the longest of tours (CrMo construction and powder-coated finish), light (533g) yet with serious carry capacity (Max 40Kg) and all backed up by Tubus’ famous 30yr warranty. Up front we’ve paired it to the Tara as it plays nicely with discs and mudguards, is super-stiff (thanks to the cross-brace and large, Ø14mm dia. tubing) and, like the Cargo is constructed from cromoly steel, so easily repairable regardless of whereabouts you are in the world.
Classic seamless Chromoly (as above) but heat-treated to boost tensile strength. Think of it as Chromoly on steroids. It’s heated to around 1600F whereby a structural change in the steels’ crystal lattice occurs (a stronger, more uniform orientation). As it’s stronger we can away with using less of it so thinner butts are the order of the day here, helping to achieve a lighter overall frame weight, without compromising strength.
Lighting the path ahead is a dedicated dynamo setup powered by a Shutter Precision PD-8 and a Busch & Müller Cyo Premium Plus (80lux). A formidable combo, with the SP PD8 putting out a full 6V3.0W (plenty to power both the B&M 80Lux headlight and for charging external devices on the hoof) in a lightweight (a smidgen over 400g), well built (sealed cartridge bearings) and ultra-efficient package that gives the high-end £££ German offerings a run for their money (72% output @ 15km/hr).
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Frame: Reynolds 725 Heat-Treated Chromoly
Fork: Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc
Headset: FSA Orbit DL/No.1
Colour: Starlight Blue
Weight: 15.26kg (Med w/o pedals)
Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M610
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M610
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore FD-T610
Chainset: Shimano Deore FC-T611, 44/32/24T
Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB52, 68mm
Chain: KMC X10
Freewheel: Shimano CS-HG500-10, 11-34T
Hubs: Shutter Precsison PD-8 / Shimano FH-M525
Rims: Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite 29, 36H
Spokes: 14G Stainless Silver DB w/ Brass Nipples
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial, 700x35c
Brakes: Promax Render-R w/ 160mm Rotors & Jagwire KEB-SL Compressionless
Brake Levers: Shimano BL-R550
Handlebars: Genesis Tour Lowriser R10mm x 12
Stem: Genesis Road (+/-12
Grips: Genesis Ergo Tour Lock-on, Triple Density
Saddle: Genesis Road Comfort
Pedals: VP-383S w/ Toeclip
|1 - Horizontal Toptube Length (mm)||533||547||578||604||636|
|2 - Seat Angle (°)||73.5||73.5||73||73||72.5|
|3 - Headtube Length (mm)||125||140||160||180||200|
|4 - Head Angle (°)||71||71||71||71||71|
|5 - Seat Tube Length (C-T, mm)||450||480||510||530||570|
|6 - BB Drop (mm)||75||75||75||75||75|
|7 - Chanstay Length (mm)||455||455||455||455||455|
|8 - Fork Offset (mm)||55||55||55||55||55|
|9 - Trail (mm)||61||61||61||61||61|
|10 - Wheelbase Length (mm)||1041||1056||1083||1109||1136|
|11 - Standover (mm)||758||778||799||807||843|
|12 - Stack (mm)||566||580||599||618||637|
|13 - Reach (mm)||365||375||395||415||435|