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Cheap Touring bike under 1000
Getting to know the “bicycle touring enthusiasts” on-line community, I’ve got the feeling that too many people assume you’ll need expensive gear to get on a bicycle tour or bikepacking trip, especially when talking about touring bikes. Let me say that straight, that’s not true. Although there is no doubt that, as a rule of thumb, you get what you pay for, that doesn’t mean you necessarily need the top notch quality on the market.

My first 25,000km were done on a 1936 Royal Nord, a museum piece of a bicycle. Antique more than vintage. The President (that’s the name of the bicycle) wasn’t specifically designed for loaded touring, but it ended up handling it amazingly. Let’s also face another truth, the great majority of people won’t embark on multiple years journey, mainly weekend tours, everyday commuting, and once-a-year longer trips. Do you really need to invest 2,000$ in a killing touring machine?

Maybe you fancy that, nothing wrong with it, but for those on a tight budget (like us) we put together this list of Touring Bicycles mostly priced under 1000$ (some are a few bucks more). Not all of this bikes are specifically designed for touring, but they feature some characteristics that make them suitable, at least for a light touring style.

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

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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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8 Steel Frames Touring Bikes

Almost everybody agrees that steel is the best material for a touring bicycle’s frame. Steel is sturdy, reliable and can be easily welded but it’s slightly heavier than aluminum. There are not so many options for cheap steel touring bikes, here’s what I found.

Steel Frames

Fuji Touring Road Bike – 2017 (720USD)

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The Fuji Touring road bike has been around for decades and has delivered riders and their belongings to beautiful vistas and camp spots all over the world. It’s one of the best and reliable deals we found, for its price tag and mid-hi range components.

For starters, the Touring bike features a super comfortable Elios 2 steel frame, which absorbs road vibration. Rack and fender mounts make it easy load up your gear and there’s even a spare spoke holder. Touring style pedals keep your feet in place for maximum efficiency.

The Fuji Touring bike on*  is equipped with Shimano 27-speed drivetrain (the back derailleur is a Deore), Vittoria Randonneur tires, and Tektro RX6 brakes.


  • Custom-butted Elios 2 chromoly frame with rack and fender mounts
  • Elios 2 Chromoly fork features low-rider fork mounts
  • Shimano Alivio/Deore 27-speed drivetrain
  • Microshift bar-end, 9-speed shifters
  • Vera Terra DPM 18 wheels with Vittoria Randonneur tires


Genesis Smithfield 2017 (€700)

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The Genesis Smithfield 2017 urban commuter has a classic steel look, split top tube and internal Shimano Nexus/Alfine gearing, the lines are clean, but purposeful. Designed for year-round urban riding, the Genesis Smithfield comes equipped with full-length mud guards so that the city muck stays where it belongs. Powerful disc brakes make stopping a breeze, no matter what the weather. A lightweight Shimano Nexus internal hub gives you a full range of gears so you can deal with traffic, hills and pottering along at your leisure. Thanks to the rack that comes as standard, plenty of mount-points, stable geometry, and relaxed riding position the Genesis Smithfield will allow you to rely on it even for a few-months-long trip.

For a low down on how the Smithfield performs in the real world, take a look at this Daily Telegraph review.


Frame: Genesis Mjölnir Seamless Double-Butted Cromoly
Fork: Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc
Headset: Prestine PT-1606 1-1/8″ semi cartridge
Shifters: Shimano Alfine SL-S503 / 8 speed RH
Chainset: Samox AF22 / 40T / S, 165mm / M-XL 170mm
Cassette: Shimano SM-GEAR 20T freewheel
Rims: Jalco XCD22 / 32h
Hubs: Joytech D041DSE/Shimano Nexus SG-C6001-8speed 32h / front / rear / centre lock
Spokes: Steel 14g
Tyres: Kenda Kwest 700x35c 30TPI w/gumwall
Brakes: Shimano BR-TX805 mechanical brakes w/ Shimano SMRT20 160mm rotors
Brake levers: Tektro CL-330A-RS
Handlebars: Genesis alloy / 630mm width / 32mm rise / 46deg backsweep
Stem: Genesis AS-007 / + 12deg / 70mm
Pedals: NW-91K
Extras: Commuter mudguards and pannier rack
Weight: 14.54 kg


Bobbin Scout Topaz Hybrid Bike $1,023

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Another steel option: the Scout is a retro racing-tourer with bags of style and character. If you’ve been seeking a fantasy on wheels, step this way. A Cro-mo steel frame, bar-end shifters, cantilever brakes and hammered mudguards, Scout is a machine to get carried away on. Unfortunately, it comes with a limited 16-speed drivetrain, but can always be upgraded for more demanding tasks.

The lugged steel frame is ready to fit a carrier rack and bottle cages for all your expedition requirements while the rat trap pedals are toeclip-ready.


Mudguard Mounts: Yes
Rear Rack Mounts: Yes
Number of gears: 16
Bottle Cage Mounts: Double
Wheel Size: 700c (622)
Wheelset: Weinmann rims laced to forged alloy hubs
Brake Levers/Gear Shifters/Front Derailleur/Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris
Brake Type: Cantilever
Brakes: Dia Compe levers
Brake Callipers: Tektro Canti brakes
Chainring Size: 48 Tooth, 32 Tooth
Cassette Range: 12-32 Tooth
Tyres: Kenda Gumwall tyres


Marin Four Corners Touring Bike – 2017 (999USD)

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With a frame and fork crafted from double butted chromoly steel, the Four Corners is as much a work of steel art as it is a fully-functional touring bike.
The comfort oriented geometry makes the going a little easier, thanks to the tall headtube and wide, stable wheel base. Full rack and fender mounts give you plenty of provisions for carrying your gear and staying dry. If you’ve ever been touring, you know that reliability and functionality are key with components.

That’s why Marin went with the reliability of a Shimano Sora 3×9 drivetrain. Shimano has a reputation for ease of service all over the world, so in the unlikely even something should go wrong, it’ll still be easy to fix. The robust gearing gives you plenty of options to get a fully loaded bike over just about any mountain pass, with minimal gear overlap and easy maintenance. Mechanical disc brakes provide powerful, all-weather stopping performance, and doublewall alloy 32-spoke wheels setup with Schwalbe’s Silento 700×40 tires.

Brakes: Promax Render R Road Mechanical Disc, 160mm Rotor
Cassette: Shimano HG300 9-Speed, 11-32T
Crankset: Shimano Sora Hollowtech II, 50/39/30T
Fork: CrMo, Fender and Rack Eyelets, IS Disc
Frame: Double Butted CrMo, 700C Wheels, Utilitour Geometry, Fender and Rack Mounts
Front and Rear Derailleur, Levers and Shifters: Shimano Sora
Pedals: Trekking Platform
Tires: Schwalbe Silento, 700Cx40, Reflective Sidewall, Kevlar Puncture Protection
Wheelset: Marin Aluminum, Double Wall, Disc Specific, 6-bolt disc

Available for worldwide shipping at* the 2016 version is available for 950usd


Raleigh Royal 2017 (€720)

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A classic British touring bike. Built with a full CrMo frame and fork, Shimano Claris groupset with a wide range triple chainset to get you up those long haul climbs. Full 4130 CrMo Steel frame has the classic forgiving ride of steel and Classic touring geometry for full loaded travelling. Equipped with Shimano Claris 24 speed groupset with STI levers and powerful Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes. The limited number of gears though, make this not a great choice to climb step ranges while fully loaded.

Frame: Raleigh CrMo Steel Touring frame
Fork: Raleigh CrMo
Front Derailleur: Shimano Claris
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris 8-speed
Number of Gears: 16
Shifters: Shimano Claris
Brakeset: Tektro OryxRims: Accedo Touring double wall rim
Hubs: RSP Alloy
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon 700c x 32mm


Nashbar Touring Bike (930$)

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The 2017 Nashbar Touring Bike features a chromoly frame and fork and a very good set of components. A Shimano 3×9-speed drivetrain with Microshift bar end shifters ensures gear changes quickly and precisely, while the 48/36/26T chainrings and 11-34T cassette provide gearing options to ascend/descend whatever mountain range is in your path.
The 700×32 Vittoria Randonneur tires are top notch.
Furthermore, the Nashbar Touring Bike comes equipped with an alloy rear rack, while the front fork is equipped to handle a low-rider front rack (not included).


Frame: Elios butted chromoly, English thread bottom bracket, 135mm rear axle spacing, 2 bottle cage mounts
Fork: Elios Hi-Ten chromoly, 1-1/8″ steerer, Low-rider rack braze-ons
Crankset: Shimano Deore FC-M591, 48/36/26T chainrings, Crank arm lengths: 49cm/54cm=170mm; 56cm/58cm/64cm=175mm
Cassette: Shimano Alivio HG400 9-speed, 11-34T
Shifters: Microshift bar end, 3×9-speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio T4000, 28.6mm clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore M591, Direct attachment, 9-speed
Levers Tektro RL520 aluminum
Handlebar: Aluminum, 31.8mm diameter, Widths: 49cm=40cm, 54cm=42cm, 56cm/58cm=44cm, 64cm=46cm
Brakes: Tektro RX6 linear pull
Tyres: Vittoria Randonneur, 700×32, 30 TPI casing, Reflective stripe on sidewalls
Wheelset: Rims: 700c Alex aluminum, 36H, CNC-machined sidewalls;
Hubs: Shimano Deore T610 front/rear w/ quick release, 135mm rear axle spacing;
Spokes: 14g stainless steel, 3x lacing pattern
Rack Mounts: Front and rear


Ridgeback Voyage 2017 Touring Bike (893€)

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The upgraded version of the previous one, this Ridgeback has good reviews across the web.  The Voyager retains its classic riding Reynolds 520 tube set, making it a great gateway into long distance riding. Designed for long periods in the saddle in remote locations, World series bikes are sensibly specified.
Brazed down tube cable stops mean traditional gear levers can be used if needed. All complete builds use a square taper bottom bracket to allow replacement with a more readily available cup and axle unit. It is supplied with a sturdy four point rack and full mudguards.
The price tag looks great for the specification, this is on clearance at Evanscycle, so be quick!

Frame: Reynolds 520 Cro Mo
Fork: Cro Moly / mudguard eyelets
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-R3030
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M591-SGS
Shifters: Shimano Sora ST-R3030 3×9 speed
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG300 / 11-34T
Brakeset: Tektro 992AG cantilever
Handlebars: Ridgeback alloy /125mm drop x 70mm reach / XS-S, 400mm / M, 420mm / L-XL, 44cm / 31.8mm barbore RR
Stem: Ridgeback AS-007 / + – 7deg / XS-S, 90mm / M, 100mm / L, 110mm / XL, 120mm
Headset: FPD Dozer-1189
Rims: Alex Ace-19 / 36h
Hubs: Shimano T3000 36h
Tyres: Continental Contact 700x32c
Weight: 14.1 kg (47cm)

Ridgeback Expedition 2017 (€1,020)

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The Ridgeback Expedition has been tested by many tourers around the globe and proven its reliability. The 2017 version moves to disc brakes, combining reliable braking and stylish looks, even though hydraulic brakes are not well appreciated by long distance tourers for the problem the can bring when they need to be fixed (especially the low availability of spares in remote areas).

Frame: Reynolds 520 Cro Mo
Fork: Cro Moly / mudguard eyelets
Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio FD-T4000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M592-SGS
Shifters: Shimano Deore: SL-M590 3×9 speed
Brakeset: Shimano BR-M315 / SM-RT26 160mm rotor
Headset: FPD Dozer-1189
Rims: Alex DP-17 / 36h
Hubs: Shimano M475 36h 6-Bolt
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon GG 26×1.75in


10 Aluminum Frames Touring Bicycles

More and more people nowadays opt for aluminum bicycles for their tours. The days of the proverbial aluminum weakness are gone, and modern alloy materials are more than capable to handle the weight of a heavy tour. The main point of strength is for sure the lightweight of the frame, while the downside is the difficulty in welding possible cracks.

Aluminum is the preferred material for hybrid and trekking bikes, some of them look well suited for touring.

Aluminum Frames


Giant Toughroad Slr 1 Sports Hybrid Touring Bike  2017 (1,130€)

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From the Chinese colossus Giant, here’s a 700cc hybrid that looks well fit for touring. Equipped with wide tires, SRAM drivetrain, and low gearing it seems a good match if you want something that could handle off-road stretches easily. It comes with Extras X-Defender Front and Rear Rack and it’s available in four different sizes.

The hydraulic disk brakes may be a downside for touring, since they are proven unreliable, would be batter to swap them for mechanichal ones.

Available for shipping worldwide at*

Frame: ALUXX SLR -Grade Aluminium
Fork: Composite ALUXX OverDrive Steerer
Drivetrain: SRAM SL-700 20 speed
Brakes: TRP Slate X2 hydraulic disc brakes 160mm rotors
Wheels: Giant S-X2 Disc Wheelset
Seatpost: Giant D-Fuse Composite (should absorbe vibration, according to Giant)
Cassette: SRAM PG1020 11×36
Crankset: SRAM S1000 28/42
Hubs: Giant Tracker Sport
Tyres: Giant Sycamore 700x50mm Anti-Puncture

a cheaper version, available for 820€, features Shimano basic components and doesn’t come with racks included

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Cube Travel City Bike (€882)


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The well known German brand Cube, has given their master of versatility a lightweight, comfortable frame based around 29er wheels, whilst keeping everything that made earlier versions of this touring bike so popular. The result? A cool commuting bike well suited for light touring.

If you don’t mind an aluminum frame, these bike seems a great deal for all it comes with: Shimano hub dynamo, kickstand, lights, racks, fenders and even a bell.

Comfort and safety were near the top of the list when Cube developed this bike and they built in plenty of frame clearance for extra wide tyres.


Cube used a compact geometry for this light, stiff aluminum frame – and selected double-butted tubes. The result is a sporty and efficient ride position. The head and seat tube junctions were joined with Cube’s Smooth Welding technology for a clean appearance.

State-of-the-art technology includes a tapered headtube, and Cube ensured that the rigid aluminium fork is stiff enough to remain stable even when loaded with luggage. The 3D forged dropout makes fitting disc brakes and a Cube kickstand simple and they’ve provided bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and downtube – perfect for long rides.


The robust, reliable Shimano transmission has 27 gears, providing a wide enough range to cope with all kinds of riding situations. Tektro’s HD-M285 hydraulic disc brake should work well enough.

The lighting system – supplied with power by the Shimano hub dynamo – conforms to tough German StVZO standards. Busch&Müller’s Toplight Flat+ rear light even includes a parking light function, while the latest Lyt headlamp has 15-lux of power to illuminate the road ahead.


Frame: Aluminium Superlite Trekking Sport 29 Taper Double Butted
Fork: Aluminium Rigid Fork 29″ Tapered
Headset: FSA Orbit 1.5B ZS-1, Semi-Integrated, Top 1 1/8″ Bottom 1 1/2″
Handlebar: Cube Rise Trail Bar, 680mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M592, 9-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-M370, Top swing, 31.8mm
Shifters: Shimano SL-M370, Rapidfire-Plus
Brake System: Tektro HD-M285, Hydraulic Disc Brake (160/160)
Crankset: Shimano FC-M371, 48x36x26T, BB-UN100, 175mm, Chain guard
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200, 11-34
Rims: Cube EX21, 32H, Disc, Tubeless Ready
Front Hub: Shimano DH-3D32, Hub Dynamo, QR
Rear Hub: Cube K68R
Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 29×2.25
Saddle: Selle Royal Viper
Front Light: Busch&Müller Lyt 1781
Back Light: Busch&Müller Toplight Flat Plus
Kickstand: Cubestand Cmpt
Mudguards: SKS Pro 29 Black Shiny
Bell: Humpert
Carrier: Standwell Bag Carrier
Weight: 15.45kg

Cube Travel City is also available at, where you can also get the belt drive version for 400€ more.


Cube Travel Exc Touring Bike – 2017 (1,015€)

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couldn’t find the picture of the belt drive version


The Travel SL Touring Bike is ideal for both touring and everyday urban use and has a drive belt instead of a chain – so rattling gears, oily trousers and regular maintenance are all eliminated. The aluminium frame is constructed from double butted Superlite tubes that make it both extremely stiff and impressively light. Cube fitted the Travel SL with a reliable and low maintenance Alfine 8 speed hub which provides perfect gear shifting performance regardless of weather conditions, while Shimano BR-M315 hydraulic disc brakes deliver safe stopping power even when fully laden, or in dangerous situations. The bike comes equipped with SKS mudguards, a Hebie kickstand and a reliable Axa Blueline lighting system that has a sensor control built in alternating automatically between daylight riding and night-time lighting, with up to 50 lux output. Cube EX21 wheels with Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires keep the bike ride razor sharp and offer superb grip. Completing this bike is a finishing kit consisting of Cube’s own brand stem, handlebar, and seatpost, as well as a Selle Royal Viper Video Gel saddle.

Travel Series

The Travel Series consists of versatile, lightweight, comfortable and safe touring bikes ideal for adventurous long rides or simply a trip to the coffee shop. Some models in the range are based around 29er wheels and feature clearance for tyres up to 2.25in. Internal routing means the cables are protected from dirt for longer life, and the weight is saved thanks to the absence of external housing, the bikes are also given a clean, sleek appearance. Available in standard and step-through trapeze frames.

About Cube

Cube is a brand that has been experiencing continuous growth since their inception in 1993. In fact, expansion work at their HQ and production facility in Waldershof, Germany has been ongoing constantly for over 15 years. Cube even purchased their own construction company to reduce the costs associated with a 6-fold increase in size, German efficiency at its finest!
Cube’s success can be attributed to a mix of innovation, premium quality materials, state of the art technology and a Teutonic obsession with product testing.

Frame: Aluminium Superlite Trekking Sport 29 Taper Double Butted
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-T8000, 10-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore FD-T610, Top-Swing, 31.8mm
Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M610, Rapidfire-Plus
Brake System: Shimano BR-M315, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)
Crankset: Shimano FC-T551, Hollowtech II, 48x36x26T, 175mm, Integrated BB, Chainguard
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG500, 11-34T  RimsCUBE EX21, 32H, Disc, Tubeless Ready
Front Hub: Shimano DH-3D37, Hub Dynamo, QR
Rear Hub: Shimano FH-RM35TyresSchwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 29×2.25″
Tires: Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 29×2.25″
Saddle: Selle Royal Viper
Front: Light Axa Blueline 50-T Steady Auto
Backlight: Axa Blueline SteadyKickstandCUBEstand Pro, AdjustableWeight15.25 kg
Approx. Weight: 13.8 Kg


 Cube SL Road Pro City Bike (€873)

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One more Cube bike, well’ this is not exactly a touring bike, but could be suitable for short trips. Cube’s SL Road Pro is a high performance, speed-orientated bike for demanding riders – particularly those who value speed above all else! That’s why they’ve fitted it with disc brakes to keep the speed in check – for safety, increased brake performance and reliable stopping regardless of the weather. It also features 18 gears – enough to conquer even the steepest of climbs with ease.


The heart of the SL Road Pro is a light, stiff chassis crafted from double-butted aluminium tubes. The rigidity and low weight help convert energy at the pedals into forwarding propulsion and, ultimately, speed.

The aluminium fork is a perfect fit for the frame, featuring a tapered steerer tube for maximum steering precision. Internal cable routing keeps the looks clean and sleek and also improves shifting performance.


For the SL Road Pro Cube dug deep into Shimano’s treasure chest of components. Wheels are built around Deore hubs, while the transmission is provided by the reliable Sora groupset.
Cube has not compromised on the brakes, either. A bike capable of moving fast must be capable of stopping quickly that’s why they selected Shimano’s BR-M315 hydraulic brake system. And of course, the SL Road Pro has passed the stringent standards set by Cube’s own test collective.

Available worldwide from Chain Reaction Cycles at 800€

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Frame: Aluminium Superlite Crossroad Taper Double Butted
Fork: Aluminium Rigid Fork Taper
Headset: FSA Orbit Z-t ECO, Top Zero-Stack 1 1/8″ (OD 44mm), Bottom Integrated 1 1/2″
Stem: Cube Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mm
Handlebar: Cube Flat Race Bar, 660mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora RD-R3000, 9-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-R3000-BM, 31.8mm Clamp
Shifters: Shimano Sora SL-R3000
Brake System: Shimano BR-M315, Hydraulic Disc Brake (160/160)
Crankset: Shimano Sora FC-R3000, Hollowtech II, 50x34T, BB Integrated
Cassette: Shimano HG200, 11-32T
Rims: Cube ZX20, 32H, Disc
Front Hub: Shimano Deore HB-M615, Centre Lock
Rear Hub: Shimano Deore FH-M615, Centre Lock
Tyres: Schwalbe Kojak, Active, 35×622
Weight: 11.1kg


Ridgeback Tour Touring Bike – 2017 €520


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One of the cheapest deal we found, the Ridgeback Tour is ideal for riders who are new to touring, or are looking for a winter commuter. The Tour is built around a 6061 heat treated aluminium frame, which reduces weight without increasing costs. The Shimano Acera/Claris 24 speed drivetrain provides a wide range of gears so you can tackle the toughest of terrains, while the ever popular Tektro cantilver brakes provide plenty of stopping power and offer plenty of mudguard clearance. The wheels are traditionally built 36 spoke, with Alex ACE-19 rims and Formula hubs. If you are looking at getting into touring, or need a reliable winter commuter, this could be the bike for you.

It comes with a variety of brazed-on eyelets and equipped with mudguards and a rear aluminium rack to get you started on your adventure.

About Ridgeback

Ridgeback has spent the last 27 years designing and producing bikes exclusively for UK riders and their environment. Split across seven series, their wide range of touring, commuter, leisure and kids bikes feature high-quality Aluminium, Steel or Titanium frames which are precision welded by hand and built to last. Each frame also undergoes anti corrosion treatment and electrostatic painting for increased durability.


Key Features

Frame: 6061 Heat treated Aluminium
Fork: Chromoly / mudguard eyelets
Drivetrain: Shimano Acera 3 x 8 Speed
Brakes: Tektro CR-510 cantilever
Wheels: Alex Ace-19 – Aluminium


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About Dawes

Not so famous among the tourers, nevertheless Dawes has a more-than-a-century-long history in making bikes, deserving a spot in the UK bicycle manufacturing Olympus.

The Dawes Karakum 2015 Touring Bike features a lightweight alloy frame and chromoly fork. Distinctive because of its butterfly handlebars it offers unrivaled comfort with multi riding positions on those long tours. A roll call of quality components consists of Shimano Alivio 27 speed gears, Shimano hubs, Shimano V-brakes, Schwalbe Silento II tyres and an ultra comfy Dawes saddle.

Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M430 Alivio 9spd
Shifters: Shimano SL-M390 Rapidfire 27spd
Chain rings: 48-36-26T Chainrings
Cassette: Shimano 9spd Cassette 11-32T
Brakeset: Shimano BR-M422 Alloy V Brakes
Rims: ALEX Ace19 Double Wall Alloy, with CNC braking surface
Hubs: 36H Shimano FH-RM70 Quick Release, alloy
Tyres: Schwalbe Silento II 700 x 32C

Dawes Galaxy AL 2017 (€779.99)

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The Galaxy AL is designed to open a whole new world of touring for those on a budget. With a 6061 alloy frame and chromoly fork you’ll experience a quality ride and still be able to carry your kit on board. The Galaxy AL is ready for anything with its Shimano 24 speed gears, Schwalbe tyres, luggage rack and mudguards. An ideal starter bike for long jaunts.

Frame: 6061 Alloy
Fork: Chromoly
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-2303 3spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M360 Acera 8spd
Shifters: Shimano ST-2400 STI Levers 24spd
Chain set: 170mm Crank / 48-38-28T Chainrings
Cassette: Shimano 8spd Cassette 11-32T
Brakeset: Tektro Alloy Cantilever brakes
Handlebars: 380mm wide (43cm), 400mm wide (48cm), 420mm wide (53cm), 440mm wide (58cm)
Stem: A-Headset Stem, alloy, 80mm reach
Rims: Double Wall Alloy, with CNC braking surface
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon with GreenGuard 700 x 35C
Accessories: Alloy rack, Full Chromoplastic Mudguards
Weight: 14.0 kg

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The Dawes Galaxy Cromo 2016 Touring Bike features a reliably strong, yet light 4130 chromoly frame and forks. The geometry is configured to give enhanced comfort even through those long days in the saddle. It is equipped with 27 speed Shimano STI Alivio gears, Tektro CR-510 cantilever brakes, Alex double wall alloy rims, Shimano hubs and Schwalbe tyres. Those long journeys are made more comfortable with a Dawes Tour Gel saddle and chromoplastic mudguards.

Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-A070 7spd, Shimano RD-T4000 Alivio 9spd
Shifters: Shimano ST-3500 STI Levers 27spd
Chain set: Shimano FC-M371 170mm Crank
Chain rings: 48-36-26T Chainrings
Brakeset: Tektro Alloy Cantilever brakes
Handlebars: 380mm wide (43cm), 400mm wide (48cm), 420mm wide (53cm), 440mm wide (58cm)
Stem: A-Headset Stem, alloy, 80mm reach
Headset: FSA 1 1/8″ Aheadset
Rims: ALEX Ace19 Double Wall Alloy, with CNC braking surface
Front Hub: Shimano 36H HB-T4000 Quick Release
Front Tyre: Schwalbe Marathon with GreenGuard 700 x 32C
Weight: 14.1 kg

Cannondale Touring 2 2016 (€959.99)

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A good deal for this old Cannondale model, this ain’t no boring beast-of-burden. This is performance touring at its best. Stable and confident when loaded up with gear, yet still nimble and engaging when rolling free, these lightweight, versatile and capable machines are perfect for the modern tourer. They’re ideal for bike-packing, credit card touring or imaginative commuting.

Frame: Touring, SmartFormed 6061 Alloy, SAVE, BSA
Fork: Touring, full alloy, 1-1/8″, fender and mid-blade mounts
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora 3500
Number of Gears: 27
Shifters: Shimano Sora 3504
Chain set: Shimano Sora 3500, BSA, 50/39/30
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Hollowtech
Cassette: Shimano Sora 3500, 11-30, 9-speed
Brakeset: SRAM BB7, mechanical disc, 160/160mm
Handlebars: Cannondale C3 Touring Bar , 76mm reach, 126mm drop, 12 degree flare
Stem: Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 12 deg.
Headset: Tange Si 1-1/8″
Rims: Maddux DC3.0 Disc, double wall, 32-hole, welded
Front and Rear Hubs: Cannondale C3, 32 hole, black
Tyres: Schwalbe MARATHON PLUS SmartGuard 650x40c (48-51) / 700x40c (54-61)

If you don’t plan for worldwide trips, but more on weekend-long getaways you might consider this cheap hybrid. The Saracen Urban Myth men’s bike is fast, comfortable, well-equipped and looks good.

This is a bike that’s designed for commuting and urban riding, but could easily handle short trips, thanks to it’s long wheelbase and decend ground clearance. Its lightweight frame and well-thought out geometry mean it’s fun to ride and easy to control. The bike comes equipped with mudguards to keep you dry and a rear rack for carrying panniers or luggage.


Frame: Urban 6061 lightweight hydroformed alloy tubing / mudguard and rack mount equipped
Fork: Oversize alloy rigid urban unicrown
Headset: Neco cartridge
Shifters: Shimano STEF65 EZ-Fire 3×8 speed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus M360
Front Derailleur: Shimano TX51
Chainset: Suntour XCC-T208 28/38/48T 170-175mm
Cassette: Shimano HG-20 8-speed cassette 12-32T
Rims: Saracen doublewall alloy black 32h
Hubs: KT alloy black 32h nutted front / rear
Spokes: Steel 14g
Tyres: Schwalbe Citizen Kevlar 700 x 35c Puncture Protection
Brakes: Promax DSK-300 Mechanical Disc 160/160mm
Levers: Shimano STEF65 inc EZ-Fire shifters
Hadlebars: Saracen alloy OS 710mm wide / 15mm rise / 12 degree bend


Sensa Travel Lite Trekking Bike €821,46

cheap touring bike

Sensa has been making bikes for 25 years, enthusiastic cyclists themselves, Sensas bikes have been ridden in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Ardennes and of course the Dutch cycling courses as that’s where Sensa is based.

The trekking bike is the northern European version of the British tourer, it’s a perfect bike for commuting or weekend adventuring.


Frame:  Alu 7005 HydroFormed Triple Butted Smooth Welding
Front fork: Supra Tapered 1.5 Superlite Alloy
Group: Deore Mix
Seatpost: Supra Base Line
Stem: Satori Adjustable OverSize
Wheels: Weinmann Rims + Shimano hubs
Tyres: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser
Saddle: Sportourer FLX Gel Flow
Weight: 13.8 KG

3 Suspension Forks Travelers Bikes

Suspension fork bikes are not very common among long-term tourers. Despite that, they are well appreciated by occasional tourers who seek comfort, also on uneven surfaces. We also met some long-distance travelers who love that cushioned feeling.

The biggest downsides of suspension forks are the added weight and the possibility of a failure. If you can cope with that, take a look at this deals.

Suspension Fork bikes

Cube Touring City Bike (550€)

Cheap suspension touring bicycle

The Touring has everything you need for cycling – no more, no less. Cube intentionally ditched complicated features with this model, but not the ergonomics. That’s why it’s the perfect bike to simply get on and cycle away without having to spend any time getting to know it first. The Touring is a great all-rounder with a comfortable ride position.


The light, double-butted aluminum frame features Cube’s Efficient Comfort Geometry, specifically developed for touring bikes to provide a comfortable ride position with the best energy transfer to make the best possible use of long days in the saddle.
The Touring has bosses for bottle cages and for Cube’s ingeniously simple Cube kickstand, while internal cable routing helps reduce maintenance and keep gearshifts smoother for longer.


The Cube Touring has been built in accordance with StVZO regulations. The LED lighting system up front and the small but powerful red LED at the rear both get their power seamlessly from the hub dynamo – which means they’re ready whenever needed, regardless of the weather.


Frame: Aluminium Superlite Trekking Comfort Double Butted
Fork: SR Suntour NEX, 63mm
Headset: FSA No.10, Semi-Integrated
Handlebar: Cube Comfort Shape Bar, 680mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TX800, 8-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-M310, Top swing, 31.8mm
Shift-Brake-Levers: Shimano ST-TX800
Brake System: V-Brake
Crankset: Shimano FC-T801, 48x36x26T, BB-UN100, 175mm
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200, 12-32T
Rims: Cube SX24
Front Hub: Shimano DH-C3000, Hub Dynamo, Nut
Rear Hub: Shimano FH-TX800, Nut
Tyres: Schwalbe Spicer, Active, 40×622
Front Light: LED 15Lux
Back Light: LED Steady Light
Kickstand: Cubestand Cmpt
Carrier: Standwell Bag Carrier
Weight: 15.8kg

There’s also a trapeze version if you like it more.

It’s pro version, featuring Hydraulic disk brakes, is also available at Chain Reaction for 650€


Ghost Square Trekking 3 City Bike (560€)

Cheap suspension touring bicycle

This all rounder offers some unique technical features such as the Ghost central suspension fork, integrated cable routing, super-stiff fenders, and a fully integrated rack carrier which accommodates all common panniers.

All frames in this line feature the revolutionary sandwich belt-drive-ready dropout, enabling you to start simple and upgrade over time as you choose. The high-quality equipment guarantees years of use for both every-day commuting and weekend excursions.


Frame: Square Trekking
Forks: SR Suntour SF13 CR-7V A 700C 40mm
Chainset: Shimano FC 371 48-36-26
Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano 390 SL
Front Derailleur: Shimano 191
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio 9-Speed
Cassette: Shimano 11-32
Rims: Mach 1/810 622×19
Front Hub: Shimano Hub Dynamo
Rear Hub: Ghost QR
Tyres: Michelin Protek, 42-622
Front Brake: Magura HS 11
Rear Brake: Magura HS 1
Mudguards: Ghost/Wingee
Rear Light: Herrmans H-Trace
Front Light: AXA Echo Switch
Kickstand: Hebie
Rear Rack: Ghost
Weight: 15.9kg/35lbs

Trapeze version for ladies

A higher end version, Ghost Square Trekking 4, featuring a Deore rear derailleur is also available in both gents and ladies version on Chain Reaction Cycles*




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One Response

  1. Bill McCown

    This is a nice listing, with bikes that I’d never have given a second thought to, but are viable as tourers. One comment though; Most bicycle companies, and most bicycle shops, still do not understand bicycle touring and it shows in their photographs. Many, if not most, of the bicycles shown here feature handlebars that sit below the saddle height. Touring riders usually prefer handlebar heights well above the saddle height, much like “comfort” bicycles. Applying pressure to ones palms over long days in the saddle tends to foster carpal tunnel syndrome and painful riding. This is why shifting rider weight back by raising the bars makes sense.


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