I have now written two semi-comprehensive posts about choosing and equipping your perfect bicycle for cycle touring. I thought it would be helpful to follow these up with a post about the bike that I have chosen to ride on my cycle from Alaska to Mexico this summer. When selecting this bike I was faced with a huge amount of choice, as I’m sure many of you will have experienced. However having been on some long practice rides now with it loaded and unloaded I am confident that I have made the correct decision.
My bike in detail:
Frame: Genesis Mjölnir Seamless Double-Butted Cromoly –slightly heavy (14.18kg) but feels solid and gives a very comfortable ride.
Fork: Double-Butted Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc –Solid and with mounts for front rack and mudguards (both included)
Headset: FSA TH-857 Semi-Cartridge –Nice and smooth steering
Shifters: Microshift BS-T09 9sp Barend –Rear is indexed and front is friction, bombproof build quality.
Derailleurs: Shimano Alvio, 27 speed
Chainset: Shimano FC-M521 44/32/22T –Great range and middle ground between mountain bike and road, ideal for a loaded touring bike
Freewheel: Shimano CS-HG400 11-32T –Provide a good range of gears
Hubs: Rear: Shimano Deore HB/FH-M525, Front: Shutter Precision SP-PD8 dynamo hub
Rims: Alex Rims DH-19, 36H –Solidly build (and they have my name on)
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon GreenGuard, 700x35c –Comfortable ride without a large amount of rolling resistance
Brakes: TRP Spyre-C w/ 160mm Rotors & Jagwire KEB-SL Compresionless Outer –Effective braking with a good amount of manipulation over braking force
Brake Levers: Tektro RL-340 –Pretty standard but feel solid
Handlebars: Genesis Road Compact (D125/R70mm) –With the geormetry of the bike even the drops feel comfortable for long periods especially with the handlebar tape: Microfiber Anti-Slip w/ VexGel -some of the most comfortable tape I have ever used
Saddle: Genesis MTB –After a few rides I really like this saddle so am not going to swap it.
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520
Front and Rear Racks: With Ortlieb front and rear roller panniers and Ortlieb handlebar bag
Water Bottle Holders x3
After I have done my cycle I will have cycled close to 7000 kilometres on this bike and therefore will write up a detailed product review that will go into slightly more detail about each component and my view of it. However my initial impression is that I am incredibly impressed, I can go out for a three-hour ride and not feel tired at all at the end of it, it is just so comfortable and the miles just roll by. Especially for just £899 I feel that this is one of the best value-for-money touring bikes available at the moment, excellent quality, and you just need to add your luggage and you’re ready to go. I’m certainly looking forward to spending the majority of my summer riding it!