Stanforth Bikes Best for Touring

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Are you looking for a reliable touring bike to carry you and your belongings on a round-the-world tour? Or maybe you want an everyday commuter bicycle that can also be a perfect companion for short trips. Are you willing to spend some money but don’t want to sell a kidney? Well, in this article we collected some of the best touring bicycles priced under 2,000$ (or Euros, moreless the same nowadays). Some are well known touring machine, tested by many adventurers all around the globe, while some are less known, but absolutely worth a look. A few have a shorter gear range, take that in mind if you’re considering the Pamir or the Himalayas.

Most of these bicycles are made out of steel, a material that most tourers prefer to the lighter aluminum. Aluminum nowadays is not as weak as it used to be, but it’s hard to weld in case of frame cracks. You’ll probably never need to have the frame repaired, but if you do you’re more likely to find someone who can weld steel than someone who can weld titanium or aluminum, let alone carbon.

Of course, this list is far from complete, let us know in the comments if you have other suggestions, we’ll be happy to add that to the list.

Disclaimer:

Information about these bicycles have been taken from the brand and retailer’s websites, just some comments are my own. This is not intended to be a review article but just a list of cheap touring bicycles. Some of the links down below are affiliate links, that means if you purchase something from those linked websites we might get a small commission that will help us maintain this blog. Happy shopping!

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18 great touring bicycles under 2000$

Kona Sutra Road Bike  2017 $1,410

Best Touring Bicycles Under 2000

Also available on Evans Cycles, where you could check the users’ reviews

The Kona Sutra is well known and appreciated in the universe of long dinstance bicycle tourers. It’s a reliable machine that has delivered adventurers in the most remote corners of the world. The range of components are just perfect for bike touring, Shimano stuff is easy to find everywhere in the world, so no hassle for replacement and servicing.

Frame Material: Kona Cromoly Butted
Fork: Kona Project Two Cromoly Disc Touring
Crankarms: Shimano Deore 28/36/48t
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Deore
Freewheel: Shimano Alivio 11-34t 9spd
Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore SGS
Shifters: Shimano BarCon
Brake Calipers: Hayes CX Expert
Front and Rear Brake: Rotor Hayes L-Series 160mm
Brake Levers: Tektro RRL-A
Saddle: Brooks B17 Leather
Front and Rear Hub: Shimano Deore
Tyres: Clement X’Plor MSO 700x40c
Extras: Fenders w/ mudflaps Pannier Racks

     

Genesis Tour de Fer 20 2017 Touring Bike €1,578

Best Touring Bicycles Under 2000

The bike you’d turn to if you were to quit your job and embark on an impromptu pedal-powered world tour! Build-wise, Genesis have dressed the frame with durable, no-nonsense components that they 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 with B&M front and rear lights! Expedition-ready straight from the box – just add rider, luggage and a strong sense of adventure. Check out the users’ reviews on Evans Cycles

A Cheaper version with 18 gears, called Tour de Fer 10, is available on the same website for $1,050

Specifications:

Frame: Reynolds 725 Heat-Treated Chromoly
Fork: Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD-4703
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra RD-4700 / GS cage
Number of Gears: 30
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra ST-4703 / 3×10 speed
Chain set: Shimano FC-4703 / 50-39-30T
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG500-10 / 11-32T
Brakeset: TRP Spyre-C 2-piston mechanical disc brake w/160mm TR160 rotors w/ rear adapter
Handlebars: Genesis X-Race Pro / 16deg Flare / XS, 400mm / S-M, 420mm / L-XL, 440mm
Rims: Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite / 36h
Hub: SP PD-8 6-bolt
Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M615 36h center lock
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 700x35c
Racks: Tubus front & rea
Accessories: Trekking mudguards, B&M Lumotec IQ-X headlight & B&M Secula Plus tail light
Weight: 15.02 kg

     

Cannondale Touring 2 Touring Road Bike  2017 $1,280

Best mid-range Bicycles for travel

Also available on Evans Cycles where you could also check the users’ reviews*

Performance touring at its best this ain’t your typical beast-of-burden. This bike is a train ticket to see the world in a whole new way. Load up and break out. This is the bike for those seeking high adventure or drama free commuting. Comes equipped with Marathon Plus tyres, just the best you can aim to. Keep in mind that this is an aluminum frame, lighter but harder to weld.

A high-end version, featuring Shimano Ultegra state-of-the-art components, called indeed Cannondale Touring Ultegra 2017 Touring Bike* (€1,987.83), is also available at Evanscycles.com*.

Frame: Touring SmartForm C2 Alloy SAVE BSA
Fork: Touring full alloy 1-1/8 fender and mid-blade mounts
Rims: DC3.0 Disc double wall 32-hole welded
Hubs: Cannondale C3 32 hole black
Tires: Schwalbe MARATHON PLUS SmartGuard 650x40c (48-51) / 700x40c (54-61)
Crank: Shimano Sora BSA 50/39/30
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Hollowtech
Rear Cogs: Shimano Sora 11-30 9-speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora 31.8 clamp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora
Shifters: Shimano Sora
Handlebar: Cannondale C3 Touring Bar 76mm reach 126mm drop 12-degree flare
Headset: Tange Si 1-1/8
Brakes: Promax Render R mechanical disc 160/160mm

     

Dawes Galaxy Excel 631 2017 Touring Bike €1,520

 

Best Touring Bicycles Under 2000

If you are looking for a work horse to carry you from one end of the country to the other, then this is the range for you. Touring bikes are a Dawes specialty and the Galaxy is world renowned for its quality and reliability. Dawes have bought back the 631 framed Galaxy, the Reynolds 631 frame makes for a supremely comfortable ride whatever you use.

Check the user reviews on Evans Cycles.

Specifications:

Frame: Double Butted Reynolds 631
Fork: Reynolds “R” Butted Blades, Cro-Mo steerer
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-3503 3spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M771 Deore X
Number of Gears: 27
Chain set: Shimano FC-T4060 / 48-36-26T Chainrings
Cassette: Shimano 9spd CS-HG300-9 11-34T
Brakeset: Shimano BR-CX50 Alloy Cantilever
Rims: ALEX Ace19 Double Wall Alloy, with CNC braking surface
Front and Rear Hubs: Shimano 36H HB-T4000 Quick Release
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon with GreenGuard 700 x 32C
Accessories: Alloy Rack, SKS ChromoplasticMudguards

     

Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016 Touring Bike €1,263*

Best Touring Bicycles Under 2000

A pure thorough-bred. Going back to their roots with Touring bikes, Dawes have introduced this beautiful Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016 Touring Bike to offer something for the more discerning cyclist. Built around a Reynolds 531 frameset, the retro looks hide a stable of modern, top quality spec. Every detail has been meticulously examined to ensure our Classic lives up to it’sname. . ..right down to the leather toe clips, you’ll find no corners have been cut. Using a Shimano Alivio 27spd drivetrain, Mavic A119 double wall rims, Sugino Alpina Tour chainset and Schwalbe Road Cruiser tyres, Dawes have created another bike that will see generations come and go.

Specidications:

Frame: Reynolds 531 Double Butted Steel
Fork: Classic Style Chromoly
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-3503 3spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-T4000 Alivio 9spd
Number of Gears: 27
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace Bar End Shifter 27spd
Chain set: Sugino Alpina Tour triple chainset / 46-36-26T
Cassette: Shimano 9spd CS-HG300-9 11-34T
Brakeset: Dia-Compe GC999 Forged Cantilever
Brake Levers: Dia-Compe Touring Levers with Gum hoods
Handlebars: Dia-Compe ENE Touring Drop Bars, 390mm (19″ Frame), 410mm (21″ and 23″ Frame)
Stem: Classic Quill Style, 80mm (19″ Frame) and 100mm reach (21″, 23″ Frame)
Headset: FSA Duron
Rims: Mavic A119 Double Wall Alloy, with CNC sidewall
Hubs: Dia-Compe ENE Touring 36H Quick Release
Tyres: Schwalbe Road Cruiser 700 x 32C Gumwall
Saddle: BROOKS B17 Brown
Accessories: Ping Bell, Alloy powder coated rack and chromoplastic mudguards
Weight: 13.1 kg

     

Specialized Awol 2018 Touring Bike €1,287*

Best Touring Bikes Under 2000

AWOL was born for the open road, and it’s fully equipped for the rigors that come with it. Starting with the frame, it features heat-treated, custom-butted Cr-Mo tubing that’s sure to stand up to years of hard riding and abuse. With only 12kg this is a good lightweight steel option. Check the users’ reviews on Evans’ Cycles

 

Specifications:

Frame: Heat-treated custom-butted Premium Cr-Mo tubing, internal light cable routing-ready, Adventure Geometry, post disc mount, fender/rack mounts, kickstand plate
Fork: Butted premium Cr-Mo, unicrown, heat-treated
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio, Shadow design, SGS cage
Number of Gears: 27
Shifters: Shimano Sora
Chain set: Shimano Sora 50/39/30T
Cassette: Shimano, 9-speed, 12-36t
Brakeset: Tektro Spyre, mechanical disc, 160mm rotor, dual pivot
Handlebars: Specialized Adventure Gear AWOL, alloy, 125mm drop, 70mm short-reach, 12-degree flare-out
Rims: Specialized 29″ disc front, 6061-T6 aluminum, 32h
Front  and Rear Hubs: Shimano Center Lock disc, 32h
Tyres: Borough Sport, 700x45mm

A similar one, with slightly different components, is available at all4cycling.com* while a different version, featuring a SRAM drivetrain and some more Hi-Quality components is Available for $500 more from Leisurelakesbikes.com*

     

Pashley Pathfinder Tour 2016 Touring Bike From €1,784.25 – €1,983*

Best Touring Bikes Under 2000

The Pathfinder has been created for that perfect combination of all-purpose, all year round bike with a choice of derailleur or hub gears. It effortlessly combines modern geometry and performance with the enviable Pashley aesthetic to create a truly refined bicycle capable of traversing the map whichever route you choose.
The Pathfinder Tour model is built with the longer adventure in mind, but with the versatility to strip all accessories for a brisk Sunday ride, or to dash across town on the morning commute. The Campagnolo Veloce groupset provides efficiency as well as speed, and unique stainless steel dropout plates offer a sleek and protective finishing touch. The specially selected Continental Gatorskin tyres are renowned for their puncture resistance as well as their performance in wet or wintery conditions, the perfect choice for jumping between the road and the grit & gravel, or wherever the path takes you!

Specifications:

Frame: Traditional lugged and brazed construction, a blend of Reynolds 531 and 631 butted tubes. Pashley’s own disc dropouts with stainless faces. Braze ons for front & rear racks. Individually hand-built in England
Fork: Investment cast crown and dropouts with blades specifically designed for the additional stresses of disc brakes
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Veloce Braze On
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Veloce 10 Speed
Number of Gears: 20
Shifters: Campagnolo Veloce Ergopower
Chain set: Campagnolo Veloce Compact 50/34t
Cassette: Campagnolo Veloce 13-27t
Brakeset: TRP Spyre Dual Piston Mechanical Disc Brakes w/160mm Rotors
Wheelset: 32h Disc Specific with High Quality Polished Hubs and laced together with Double Butted Stainless Sapim Spokes
Front and Rear Tyres: Continental Gatorskins Folding 700 x 32c
Saddle: Brooks Cambium C17
Extra Features: Turned Brass Barrel Adjusters

     

Ridgeback Ramble 2017 Adventure Road Bike €1,051.83

Best Touring Bikes Under 2000

Built from high-quality Taiwan Cr-Mo and paired with a carbon fork, the Ramble is a departure from the more ‘traditional’ style of touring bike. Using a wide ratio of gearing (50/34, 11/34) and TRP Spyre disc brakes, the Ramble is the ideal gravel riding and adventure finding machine. Ridgeback guarantees the carbon fork to be able to withstand loaded panniers.

Frame: Taiwan Cro Mo
Fork:Carbon / mudguard eyelets
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-R3000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora RD-R3000 / GS cage
Number of Gears: 18
Shifters: Shimano Sora ST-R3000 / 2×9 speed
Chain set: Shimano Sora FC-R3000 / 50-34T / XS-S, 170mm / M-XL, 175mm
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG400 / 11-34
Brakeset: TRP Spyre-C / Tektro TR-160 160mm rotor
Rims: Alex Draw 1.9S / 19mm internal / 32h / tubeless ready
Hubs: Joytech D341/342 32h 6-Bolt
Tyres: Challenge Strada Bianca 33m
Weight: 11.2 kg

     

Cinelli Gazzetta Della Strada 2017 Touring Bike €1,290*

Best mid-range Touring Bicycles

Inspired by the heroic days of cycling in the 1950’s the Gazzetta Della Strada is reminiscent of a time when road racing still meant, potentially, unsurfaced roads and gravelly climbs. The Gazzetta Della Strada gives the contemporary rider stable handling and clearance for mudguards, whilst maintaining a short enough wheelbase for immediate response in accelerations, an all-together lively riding experience. The bike has rapidly achieved the status of a true cult bicycle. The front carrier rack is very useful for a small backpack or handbag.
Whilst the bike itself has a traditional look, the geometry is more modern, with a semi-sloping top tube adding comfort. New BROOKS b17 leather saddle, techno leather bar tape co-ordinated with the seat and silver accessories add a touch of precious shine, as in the glory years of Grande Ciclismo. Assembled with the new Shimano Claris 8-speed group. Beautiful as well as functional, the Gazzetta Della Strada is perfect for everyday commuting or longer touring adventures.

Frame: Columbus Chromalloy steel
Fork: Columbus Chromalloy steel 1-1/8″
Shifters, Front and Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris
Number of Gears: 16
Chain set: Shimano Claris Compact 50/34T
Cassette: Shimano 11/32T
Brakeset: Tektro R369 long reach brakes
Wheelset: Alex rims, Cinelli front hub, Shimano rear hub
Tyres: Continental Contact 700x28c
Saddle: Brooks B17
Weight: 12.3 kg

     

Creme Echo Lungo Bike 2017 €1230*

Best mid-range Touring Bicycles

The Creme Echo Lungo bike is a beautiful touring bicycle that will be your best companion when you take on the epic tour that you have always been dreaming of. But don’t save the Lungo for special occasions. It will be your best friend on everyday errands, on your ride to work, or any other trip that you wish to make.

The fully lugged CrMo frame is the perfect base for this kind of bicycle – comfortable and extremely resistant to fatigue.

The Lungo has been fitted with front and rear racks that can carry heavy loads across any distance, and with modern components and a lifetime warranty on the frame and forks, this is one bike you will be holding on to and enjoying for many years to come!

Specifications:

Frame: Creme, Lugged hi-ten steel
Fork:
 Creme, Lugged hi-ten steel 1″
Bottom bracket: Square taper, 68mm shell
Brake front: Promax caliper, dual pivot
Brake rear: Promax caliper, dual pivot
Carrier/Basket: Creme front & rear rack chrome plated
Crankset: FSA Tempo aluminium crankset, compact 50/34T
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear derailleur: Shimano 105 short cage
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra, 9 speed 12-25T
Mudguards: Aluminium hammered
Grips: Velo bar tape
Handlebar: Drop bar, width: 400mm, bar bore: 26.0mm, drop: 120mm, reach: 75mm
Shifters: Shimano Sora STI shifters
Hub front: Joytech road hub, 32H, QR
Hub rear: Novatec road hub with sealed bearings, 32H, QR
Rims: Aluminium double wall 700C, touring
Saddle: Brooks Team Pro
Stem: Aluminium cold forged quill stem, 100mm, high polish
Tyres: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 700x28C
Additional: Stylish bell
Weight: 14.2kg

     

Bombtrack Audax 700c $1,799

Best Touring Bikes Under 2000

The natural dampening characteristics of the steel Bombtrack Audax road bike take out a lot of the road “buzz” letting your arms relax as you eat up the miles. At the core of the Audax is the full CrMo frame, with double butted tubes, providing a light and strong endurance road machine. The dropouts and seat stays are ready for a rear rack, and, thanks to the longer chainstays, there is plenty of heel clearance when panniers are mounted. Up front, the taller headtube is a little bit easier on the back muscles, and the longer trail length means the steering is far less “nervous” than on a race bike. Thanks to the Shimano 105 compact chainset and 11-28T cassette, it does not matter where your Audax takes you, there are plenty of gears to climb those hills. If the weather turns nasty as it often can, the fenders become invaluable and indeed a new best friend. The Audax is happy as a road bike, a touring bike and as an urban/city bike.

Specifications:

Frame/Fork: Full 4130 CrMo frame in 48/51/54/57/60 cm frame; BT BIKES “RD-20” carbon/alloy fork; FSA “Orbit X” sealed a-headset, 1 1/8″
Wheels/Tires: DT SWISS “R24 Spline” double wall 24h front rim with DR SWISS “R24 Spline” sealed bearing, QR axle; DT SWISS “R24 Spline” double wall 24h rear rim with DT SWISS “11-speed cassette, sealed bearing, QR axle; CONTINENTAL “Grand Sport Race” 700c x 25x tires
Drivetrain: SHIMANO “105” cranks with SHIMANO “105” compact 34/50t chainring; KMC “X11EL” chain; SHIMANO BB68 fully sealed bottom bracket; SHIMANO “105” 11-speed cassette with 11-28t; SHIMANO “105” front and rear derailleurs
Brakes/Cockpit: SHIMANO “105” brake levers; PROMAX “RC359” long arm caliper brakes; BT BIKES “Origin” forged alloy -7 degree stem; BT BIKES 6061-T6 double butted alloy drop bar; BT BIKES “Comp” rail saddle; BT BIKES “620” alloy seatpost
Weight: 9.6 kg / 21.2 lbs

     

Soma Grand Randonneur $1,395*

Best Touring Bikes Under 2000

The Grand Randonneur bike is a true low trail geometry randonneuring design – which means it rides better with a front load than other touring and road bikes. The Soma Grand Randonneur is do anything cross/adventure bike that can be anything from a daily commuter to being a middle weight tourer. The Grand Randonneur is a solid performing build with a few thoughtful touches including SunXCD derailleurs and Rivendell downtube shifters. These are built up with a solid spec of Sun XCD derailleurs, Silver down tube shifter, Suzue/Ukai wheels, Sugino Alpina cranks and topped with Soma Bar/Stem/Post/Saddle/HS

Specifications:

Drivetrain: 
Rivendell Silver downtube shifters
SunXCD front/rear derailleurs
Sugino XD 701D 50-34t crankse
SRAM PG-950 11-34t 9 speed cassette

FEATURES:
Frame: Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo
Fork: Lugged crown Infinity CrMo
Wheels: Suzue sealed bearing hubs w/alloy rims 32h
Tires: Innova 650b x 35c
Brake Set: Tektro CR-720, Soma aero levers
Cockpit: Soma Brevet bar, Soma Sutro Quill Stem, alloy post, Soma Ta-Bo saddle

     

Specialized Sequoia Touring Bike 2017 $1,400*

Best Touring Bikes Under 2000

The Specialized Sequoia 2017 goes above and beyond what is typically expected from a bike, providing you with the opportunity to venture out into the wilderness. The Sequoia’s path to adventure starts at the frame, which is constructed from Premium Cr-Mo and stainless steel tubing. These materials are coveted for their strength, respectable weight, and tuned ride qualtiy. The Sequoia takes this a step further by selecting tubes that are specific to each frame size, further ensuring that every frame rides exactly as intended. Of course, this is only a piece of the equation, with the next being its dedicated Adventure Geometry.

This geometry is unique in that it skews the line between a traditional road bike and a dedicated touring rig. You’ll find an amble wheelbase and low bottom bracket for control, but the chainstays and tube angles ensure that you’ll be able to travel efficiently and quickly, regardless of whether or not your rig is loaded. Digging into the details, the frame is outfitted with an ample number of mounts for water, racks and fenders. For the build the Specialized Sequoia features reliable parts perfect for facing a wide array of terrain, these include a mix of sturdy Shimano components, fuss-free mechanical disc brakes, and hand-built Hayfield wheels that are cased in wide, 2Bliss Ready tyres.

  • The Sequoia is built from Premium Cr-Mo steel, size-specific tubing. This ensures that every frame is strong, light, and capable, while every frame size rides exactly as we intended. This philosophy is furthered with our Adventure Geometry that provides ample confidence over rough and smooth terrain, alike. And lastly, we equipped this frame with fender & rack mounts to make sure you’ll be well equipped whenever adventure strikes.
  • A strong Cr-Mo fork will standup to the weight of heavy loads without the bat of an eyelash. It’s light-weight and features internal cable routing for your lights. And when you’re miles from nowhere, you’re especially going to appreciate its extra water bottle mount.
  • hand-built Adventure Gear hayfield wheels are cased in 700x42mm 2Bliss Ready tyres to be burly and tough as a mule. It’s the ideal wheelset for anyone looking to skip town and not look back.

Specifications:

Frame: Premium Cr-Mo size-specific tubing, internal light cable routing-ready, Adventure Geometry, flat disc mount, fender/rack mounts
Fork: Specialized Cr-Mo, internal light cable routing, flat disc mount, waterbottle/rack/fender mounts
Wheels: Specialized Adventure Gear Hayfield
Tyres: Specialized Adventure Gear Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x42mm
Crankset: FSA Vero, alloy, sub compact, 110mm BCD spider / 48/32T
Shift Levers: Shimano Sora
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora, 34.9mm clamp w/28.6mm adapter, 9-speed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio, Shadow design, SGS cage, 9-speed
Cassette: Shimano, 9-speed, 12-36t
Brakes: Tektro Spyre, mechanical disc, 160mm rotor, dual pivot
     

Marin Lombard Elite Road Bike – 2017 $1,300*

Best Touring Bicycles Under 2000

Another aluminum frame, the Marin Lombard Elite road bike is part adventure and part urban warrior. For durability to stand up to turbulent terrain, this bike has a durable and lightweight aluminum frame with a carbon and alloy fork for smooth steering. Featuring a drop-bar and a SRAM GX/Apex drivetrain, the Lombard Elite can tackle neglected city roads, back road trails, and more. The Lombard Elite also includes mixed-tread Schwalbe tires with Kevlar puncture protection and all-condition performance Tektro disc brakes to keep you riding efficiently.

Features:

  • Durable and lightweight 6061 aluminum
  • Carbon and alloy fork for responsive steering and a decrease in overall weight
  • SRAM GX/Apex drivetrain is rigid and rides smoothly
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes for all-weather operation
  • Schwalbe G-ONE Performance 700x30c tires with Kevlar puncture protection

Brakes: Tektro Spyre-C, Road Mechanical Disc, 160mm Rotor (Front and Rear)
Cassette: Sunrace 10-Speed, Black, 11-36T
Crankset: FSA Gossamer Compact, 50/34T
Fork: Carbon w/ Alloy Steerer, Post-Mount Disc
Frame: Series 3 6061 Aluminum, Relieved Head Tube and BB, Internal Cable Routing, Post Mount Disc Specific Forged Dropouts
Front Derailleur: SRAM Apex
Headset: FSA Orbit CE, Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Levers: SRAM Apex Double Tap
Rack Mounts: Front and Rear
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX 10-Speed
Shifters: SRAM Apex 10-Speed
Tires: Schwalbe G-ONE Performance, 700Cx35, Folding Bead, Kevlar Puncture Protection
Wheelset: Marin Aluminum Double Wall, 21mm Inner, 30mm Tall, Disc Specific, Tubeless Ready Rims / Hubs: (Front and Rear) Forged Aluminum Alloy, 6-bolt Disc, 32H

     

Bombtrack Beyond 29er Touring Expedition Bicycle $1,789.99*

Best mid-range Bicycles for travel

The Beyond isan expedition machine, if it were a car it would be a Land Rover Defender, tough and dependable and willing to go wherever you’re willing to pedal. Introduced last year, the Beyond has proven itself on countless journeys. Designed as a bike packers dream, the Beyond features mounting options for front and rear racks as well as up to five bottle cages. All mounted to a Columbus steel frame with carefully selected tubings, to do the most important job of an adventure bike, to be strong and light. The geometry of the bike gives a comfortable and stable riding position even when loaded. The specially flared handlebar, although a little strange at first, offers more hand positions, helping the shoulders and upper body stay relaxed for hours in the saddle. The SRAM Apex 2×10 drivetrain provides a smooth simple gear change paired with the more durable mountain bike spec GX and X5 derailleurs. So whatever journey you have in mind remember the Beyond is willing, if you are.

  • Frame/Fork: COLUMBUS Cromor double butted tubing frame in 47/49/52/55 cm; BT Beyond double butted 4130 CrMo fork; FSA NO21/12/44 sealed a-headset
  • Wheels/tires: WTB sts double wall Sleeved tlc 32 front/rear rims; bt title-disc sealed 4 bolt front/rear hubs; WTB Nano 29×2. 1 folding tires
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX boost cranks with SRAM X-SYNC steel 30T chain ring; KMC x11-1 chain; SRAM 11-speed cassette with 11-42t; SRAM NX 1×11 derailleur
  • Brakes/Cockpit: SRAM Apex brake levers; TRP disc brakes; bt origin alloy +17 degree stem; bt beyond 6061-T6 22 degree drop bar; bt origin rail saddle
  • Extras: metallic Green, 12.7 kb (28 lbs) in medium
Frame: COLUMBUS “Cromor” double butted tubing, with x3 cage, rack & fender mounts, replacable hang
Fork: BT BIKES “Beyond” 4130 double butted tapered crmo with fender, rack and bottle mounts
Bars: BT BIKES “Beyond” 6061-T6 butted alloy, 22° flaired travel bar
Headset: FSA “No21/12/44″ sealed a-headset, 1.1/8″-1.1/2”
Levers and Shifters: SRAM “Apex”
Brakes: TRP “Spyre C” disc brakes with 160mm rotors
Crankset: SRAM X5 42/28T
Cassette: SRAM 10-speed cassette, 11-36T
Derailleurs: SRAM “GX-Type 2″rear and “X5” front
Front Hub: BT BIKES “Title-Disc” sealed, 6-bolt disc hub, 15x100mm Thru-axle
Rear Hub: BT BIKES “Title-Disc” sealed, cassette, 6-bolt disc hub, QR axle
Rims: WTB “STS” double wall sleeved, TLC, i19, 32h
Tires: WTB “Nano” 29″ x 2.1″ folding
     

Polygon Bikes, Bend RIV, Hybrid Bike $1,400*

Polygon Bend Touring Bike

The Bend RIV was designed to be comfortable while traveling long distance on and off road. Built with a lightweight ALX (alluminum) frame complete with water bottle mounts, clearance for fenders, wide touring tires, and front & rear racks; giving you a lot of places to secure your gear. The Polygon Bend RIV is an all our touring machine that will make long rides with a heavy load feel like a trip to the corner store.

Frame: ALX TOURING, 135MM O.L.D., FLATMOUNT, INTERNAL SHITING ROUTE, FENDER & RACK READY
Front Fork: ALX URBAN-ROAD, TAPER STEERER, E-THRU 12MM, FLATMOUNT, FENDER READY
Shift Lever: SRAM APEX
Derailleur Rear: SRAM APEX
Brakes Front: SRAM APEX HYDRAULIC FLATMOUNT
Brakes Rear: SRAM APEX HYDRAULIC FLATMOUNT
Brake Levers: INTEGRATED WITH SHIFTER
Pedals: VP COMPONENT VP-195E, ALLOY
Crankset: SRAM FC-S350 38T, 170MM(49-52), 175MM(56-60)
Cassette: SRAM CS-PG-1130, 11-SPEED 11-42T
Wheelset: ENTITY WHEELSET WITH SEALED BEARINGS
Tires: SCHWALBE MARATHON PLUS TOUR, 700X40C, CLINCHER
Saddle: ENTITY FLUX, CR-MO RAIL
Stem: ENTITY XPERT, ALLOY, 90MM(49-52), 110MM(56-60)
Handlebar: ENTITY XPERT, ALLOY, 470MM(49-52), 490MM(56-60)Headset:FSA NO.42/ACB, TAPER ID:42/52MM
Wheelset: ENTITY WHEELSET WITH SEALED BEARINGS
Tires: SCHWALBE MARATHON PLUS TOUR, 700X40C, CLINCHER

     

Cinelli Hobo Bootleg $1,700

Italian Touring bike

Designed from precious experience learned at the Tour d’Afrique ultra cycling race. The HoBootleg made it into the Guinnes Book of World Records with the unprecedented ride around the world by Paola Gianotti. The HoBootleg has quickly made a name for itself as the purest expression of the ‘Travel Machine’. Perfectly suited for both ultra cycling races as well as for city use, the frame and fork made of Columbus Cromor triple butted tubing.

It can be also found on eBay for 1,700$

Specifications:

Frame:Columbus Cromor
Fork: Columbus Cr-Mo Steel 1-1/8″
Front Derailleur: SHIMANO Sora
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore 9-speed
Number of Gears: 27
Shifters: Microshift BS-T09 Bar End
Chain set: FSA Alpha Drive Trekking, 26/36/48t
Cassette: HG50 9Speed 11-32t
Brakeset: Tektro Cantilever
Handlebars: Cinelli 31,8 mm Long Distance Traveller Sweep
Rims: Alex Rims
Hubs: Shimano Sora
Tyres: Vittoria Randonneur Trail 700×38 mm
Saddle: San Marco Ischia bootleg Custom
Accessories: Tubus Front & Rear Racks, Front & Rear Mudguards
Weight: 12.6 kg
     

Surly Long Haul Trucker

best touring bike

Over the years our Long Haul Trucker touring frame and complete bike has developed a devoted following. People understand and appreciate the LHT’s dependability and everyday riding comfort, whether they’re cruising to the store or lost in the middle of nowhere.

The Long Haul Trucker was designed in all aspects to go the distance in relative comfort, and to be able to haul a bunch of stuff. Its low bottom bracket and long chainstays provide comfort and stability. Surly gave it ample tire clearance for larger tires (larger tires soak up a lot of road static) with room for fenders. The frame’s tubing is thicker-walled and larger-diameter than standard road and sport-touring frames, and this pre-tunes it for the weight of cargo. And it’s got all the braze-ons, from rack mounts to water bottle cage bosses to spare spoke holders. Like all our frames, it’s made of CroMoly steel.

For the completes Surly chose components that balance technical ability, durability, and value. This is stuff that works well on a fully loaded tourer, will last you a while, and won’t shoot holes in your wallet. Add whatever else you need, like racks and fenders.

The standard Long Haul Trucker is compatible with good ol’ rim brakes. It’s available with 26˝ wheels in 42–62cm frame sizes, and with 700c wheels in 56–64cm. The fork has two sets of eyelets on the dropouts as well as at proper mid-blade height, and bosses built into the side of the crown. All this makes the fork compatible with most types of racks, and provides options how you can mount racks and carry your stuff.

Specifications:

Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker,100% Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded
Fork: 4130 CroMoly, lugged and brazed. Proprietary sloping crown with threaded eyelets, tapered and butted curved blades with mid-blade rack eyelets, dual dropout eyelets
Crankset: Andel RSC6, 26/36/48t. Square taper interface. Silver
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-55, Square taper interface. 68 x 118mm
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore T611-3, Silver
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT-T780-L SGS, Black
Cassette: Shimano HG-50-10, 11–32t
Headset: Cane Creek 40, 1-1/8˝ threadless. Black
Brake: Tektro M730, silver
Brake Levers: Tektro RL520
Shifters: Microshift BS-M10 10-speed shifter, friction/index adjustable; Black
Saddle: WTB Volt
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-368 non-offset [42-50cm]; Kalloy SP-248D offset [52-64cm], 27.2mm. 300mm. Silver
Extras: Kickstand Plate
Hubs: Shimano LX T670. 36h, Silver
Rims: Alex Adventurer 2 36h, black
Tires: Continental Tour Ride, 26×1.75″
Gear Up for your next big bicycle trip

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