our Expedition bike
Our hope is that this bike will become the definitive expedition bike for world travellers from the UK.
This bike has been put together by experienced expedition cycle adventurer Tom Allen of TomsBikeTrip.com, using his experience of travelling the world by bike. Every part of this bike has been built with longevity in mind; every component carefully thought through.
We've resisted the temptation to up-spec it to justify an inflated price, using top-grade components where it makes sense and simple, easily replaceable parts where it doesn't. A Chris King headset, Tubus racks and supremely strong hand-built wheels are key components of this bike, eliminating as far as possible the chance of mechanical failure in the most critical long-term parts of the bike.
We've fitted friction/indexed thumbshifters to minimise the likelihood of shifter failure, and to allow the fitting of a strong 8-speed chain and cassette, while still offering very low gears. V-brakes provide consistent braking power and access to spares and parts the world over.
Many riders will want to add a hub dynamo for truly autonomous navigation and communication, and perhaps a Brooks saddle. Because we custom-build each bike to order these modifications (and many others) are all part of the service.
We can also quote competitively for Ortlieb and Brooks panniers. Unlike online retailers we set up the panniers to fit correctly on our racks, saving you a fiddly job.
Frame: Oxford Bike Works 26” cromoly touring/expedition frame (Reynolds 525)
Forks: Oxford Bike Works cromoly touring forks
Colour: Choice of Blue (RAL 6034), Red (RAL3003) or Khaki green (custom colours are available on request)
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet 1 1/8”, black
Rear Mech: Shimano Deore RD-M591, top normal, long cage, black
Front Mech: Shimano Deore FD-M590, dual pull, low clamp, black
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG41-8sp, 11-34T, 8-speed
Shifter Levers: Microshift SL-M08, friction front, 8sp indexed/friction rear with cable adjuster
Chainset: Shimano FC-M361, 170-175mm, 22-32-42T
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN55, 68mm, English thread
Chain: KMC X8.99
Rims: Ryde Sputnik 26” (559), 36H, Schrader drilled
Front Hub: Shimano Deore LX HB-T670-S, 36H, silver
Rear Freehub: Shimano Deore LX FH-T670-S, 36H, silver
Spokes: Sapim Race double butted (front, rear non-driveside), Sapim Leader PG (rear driveside)
Rim Tape: Schwalbe 19mm rimtape
Skewers: 5mm Allen key non-QR
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26x1.75” with SmartGuard (or a variation thereof)
Innertubes: Schwalbe AV12, 26”, Schrader valve
Brake Levers: Shimano Deore BL-T610, black
Brake Calipers: Shimano Deore BR-T610-L, black
Brake Shoes: Shimano S70C with cartridge shoe inserts (re-order code Y-8A2 98030)
Pedals: Wellgo Flat pedals (Shimano PD-M324, combination SPD/flat available as upgrade)
Saddle: Brooks B17 Brown or Terry Fisio Gel (Man or Woman)
Seatpost: Ergotec 5 Black 350mm 27.2mm diameter
Handlebars: Ergotec 57-63cm
Stem: Deda 60 - 130mm
Grips: Ergon GP5
Bar-Ends: Ergon GP5
Rear Carrier Rack: Tubus Logo
Front Lowrider: Tubus Tara
Mudguards: Flinger Black, 26x1.5-2.2”, with rubber mudflaps
Extras: Marine-grade stainless steel bolt replacements, , OBW steerer-tube bell, spares package