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tomsbiketrip.com · May 26, 2015

A Massive List Of Touring Bikes For Worldwide Cycling Expeditions

After an irritatingly large amount of research, I am pleased (and frankly relieved) to present to you a tabulated list of expedition touring bikes, featuring bicycles from no less than 52 manufacturers to date.

The table is intended as an evolving and handy guide to researching and tracking down the many and varied suppliers of expedition grade touring bikes available around the world.

By ‘expedition grade’ touring bike, I mean a category of touring bikes that have been designed from the ground up not for cycling holidays or light road touring, but for journeys which involve months or years of riding, several continents, heavy luggage, seriously remote routes, and every kind of road surface there is – in short, for very long, highly demanding journeys by bicycle.

There’s no clearly agreed-upon name for this category, so ‘expedition touring bike’ is the one I’ve settled on for now.

The chart below is designed for reference and comparison on paper – one assumes that in such a niche market, the very existence of companies building bikes like these is testament enough to their bikes doing the job they’re intended to do, so there’s no judgement attached on any of the bikes in the list, other than that they fit the criteria for inclusion. You’ll have to look elsewhere for reviews (except for those I’ve reviewed myself, which I’ve linked to).

Why bother listing them all in one place? Simply because they can be tough to find, and I want to help you get out riding with minimal fuss. These bikes rarely show up in bike shops and often have to be ordered in specially.

With that in mind, the table is sorted by country of origin, because the ability to test ride the bike should be the biggest criteria in any sensible buying process at these prices and for this purpose.

As rider preferences do differ, you’ll also find columns comparing each bike on the main differences – wheel size, frame material, drivetrain type, braking system, handlebar style – meaning that you can easily shortlist the bikes that fit your requirements without trawling specification charts.

The lowest price for the basic model in each range is listed (many manufacturers sell several models or options), as well as the web address for each manufacturer.

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The Big List Of Expedition Touring Bikes


Country Brand Model Frame Wheels Drive Brakes Bars Price URL
Australia Velosmith Jota Steel 26” Rohloff Cantilever Flat 6,360 AUD velosmith.com.au
Australia Vivente Anatolia Steel 700C Derailleur Disc Various 2,000 AUD viventebikes.com
Austria KTM Life Lontano Steel 700C Derailleur / Pinion Hydraulic disc Flat 1,900 EUR ktm-bikes.at
France Alex Singer Cyclo Camping Steel 700C – – – ? (frame) cycles-alex-singer.fr
France Gilles Berthoud – Steel 26” – – – ? (frame) gillesberthoud.fr
France Rando Cycles Globe-Trotter Steel 26” Derailleur V-brakes Flat 2,000 EUR rando-cycles.com
Germany Boettcher Expedition Steel 26” Derailleur Hydraulic rim Flat 1,430 EUR boettcher-fahrraeder.de
Germany Intec T07 Steel 700C Derailleur V-brakes Flat 1,100 EUR intec-bikes.de
Germany Norwid Spitzbergen Steel 26” – – – 1,050 EUR (frame) norwid.de
Germany Patria Terra Steel 26” Rohloff Hydraulic rim Flat 1,610 EUR patria.net
Germany Poison Morphin Randonneur Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Flat 1,300 EUR poison-bikes.de
Germany Rose Bikes Activa Pro Aluminium 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes / Disc Flat 1,600 EUR rosebikes.de
Germany Tout Terrain Silkroad Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff Disc Various 2,000 EUR en.tout-terrain.de
Germany Utopia Velo Herring Gull Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes / hydraulic rim Flat 1,740 EUR utopia-velo.de
Germany Velo de Ville Premium R 650 Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Flat 1,600 EUR velo-de-ville.de
Germany Velotraum Cross CrMo Steel 26” Derailleur V-brakes / hydraulic rim Flat 1,940 EUR velotraum.de
Germany VSF TX-400 Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff Hydraulic rim Flat 1,300 EUR fahrradmanufaktur.de
Italy Cinelli Hobootleg Steel 700C Derailleur Cantilever Drop 1,300 GBP cinelli.it
Netherlands Avaghon Series 26 Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Flat 1,700 EUR avaghon.nl
Netherlands Idworx Off Rohler Evo Aluminium 26” Rohloff Hydraulic rim Flat 3,550 EUR idworx-bikes.de
Netherlands Koga Signature World Traveller Aluminium 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Various 2,250 EUR koga-signature.com
Netherlands Santos Travelmaster 2.6 Aluminium 26” Derailleur / Rohloff / belt drive V-brakes Flat 1,600 EUR santosbikes.com
Netherlands SNEL Savanne Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Flat 1,600 EUR sneltweewielers.nl
Netherlands Vittorio Globetrotter 26 Steel 26” Rohloff Hydraulic rim Flat 3,500 EUR vittorio.nl
Switzerland Aarios Experience Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Flat 3,140 EUR aarios.ch
Switzerland MTB Cycletech Papalagi Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes / Disc Various 2,120 EUR mtbcycletech.com
Switzerland Simpel Frischluft Steel 26” Rohloff Disc Flat 3,300 CHF simpel.ch
UK Bob Jackson World Tour Steel 700C – – – 645 GBP (frame) bobjacksoncycles.co.uk
UK Condor Heritage Steel 26” / 700C – – – 600 GBP (frame) condorcycles.com
UK Dawes Gran Tour Steel 26” Derailleur Disc Drop 1,800 GBP dawescycles.com
UK Genesis Tour de Fer Steel 700C Derailleur Disc Drop 900 GBP genesisbikes.co.uk
UK Ghyllside Cycles Ghyllside Expedition Steel 26” Derailleur V-brakes Flat 1,300 GBP ghyllside.co.uk
UK Hewitt Cycles Cheviot Steel 700C Derailleur / Rohloff Cantilever Drop 1,300 GBP hewittcycles.co.uk
UK Mercian Cycles King Of Mercia Steel 700C Derailleur Cantilever Drop 2,300 GBP merciancycles.co.uk
UK Orbit Cycles Harrier Expedition 26 Steel 26” Derailleur V-brakes Flat 1,000 GBP orbit-cycles.co.uk
UK Oxford Bike Works Model 1 / 2 / Expedition Steel 26” Derailleur V-brakes Various 2,050 GBP oxfordbikeworks.co.uk
UK Ridgeback Expedition Steel 26” Derailleur Cantilever Drop 850 GBP ridgeback.co.uk
UK Roberts Roughstuff Steel 26” – – – 1,350 GBP (frame) robertscycles.com
UK Spa Cycles Steel Tourer Steel 700C Derailleur V-brakes Drop 945 GBP spacycles.co.uk
UK Stanforth Kibo Steel 26” Derailleur Cantilever Flat 1,500 GBP stanforthbikes.co.uk
UK Thorn Sherpa / Raven Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes / Disc Various 1,300 GBP thorncycles.co.uk
USA Bilenky Midlands Steel 26” Derailleur Cantilever Drop 3,700 USD bilenky.com
USA Bruce Gordon Rock ‘n’ Road Steel 26” Derailleur V-brakes Drop 3,700 USD brucegordoncycles.
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USA Co-Motion Pangaea Steel 26” Derailleur Disc Drop 4,000 USD co-motion.com
USA Kona Sutra Steel 700C Derailleur Disc Drop 1,250 GBP konaworld.com
USA Novara Randonee Steel 700C Derailleur V-brakes Drop 1,200 USD rei.com
USA Rivendell Bicycle Works Atlantis Steel 26” Derailleur Cantilever Drop 3,600 USD rivbike.com
USA Rodriguez UTB Steel 26” Derailleur / Rohloff V-brakes Various 2,700 USD rodbikes.com
USA Soma Saga Steel 26” / 700C Derailleur Cantilever Drop 1,350 USD somafab.com
USA Specialized AWOL Elite Steel 700C Derailleur Disc Drop 1,200 GBP specialized.com
USA Surly Long Haul Trucker / Disc Trucker Steel 26” / 700C Derailleur Cantilever Drop 1,150 GBP / 1,300 GBP surlybikes.com
USA Trek 520 Steel 700C Derailleur Disc Drop 1,430 USD trekbikes.com

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If these price tags make you physically heave, by the way, and you’re not afraid of putting in a bit of effort, you can probably get a touring bike that’ll get you started for close to nothing. Check out how I managed it.

Finally, if you know of any expedition touring bikes in production that you feel are missing from this list, do let us all know in the comments. I do have a draw a line between what is and isn’t a sensible choice for heavy duty expedition touring, all things considered, but I hope the result will be that if you can’t find your perfect expedition bike in this list, it probably doesn’t exist!

This coming weekend I’ll be releasing a brand new eBook on the subject of choosing an expedition touring bike. The 70-page PDF will first be made available to newsletter subscribers, so make sure you get on the list if you want an early copy!

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