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COMPLETE BIKES 2016


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Script Needle Transcontinental Arise Hook Hook 1 Hook 2 Hook 3 Tempest Audax A Journey Beyond Beyond Oxbridge Trinity Divide Catch-Up with Jason Dash Geometry Distribution


2016

Diverse is probably the best word to sum up the 2016 Bombtrack range. From the origins in fixed gear and single speed the new range takes the brand into road, touring and even adventure bike-packing. The thing, which connects all of these areas together, is actually the modern cycling enthusiast. For them there is a bike for every activity out there, but what if there was one bike that could do multiple tasks really well? We held this question in our minds when developing the new range, rather than bikes that were highly focused on one individual task, but on bikes that have a multitude of uses, bikes that fit into our daily lives.

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To make the most out of every ounce of energy put through the pedals, the Sram Omnium cranks are considered a benchmark in track cranksets.

Script

The Script has come along way since the original bike in 2012, but the concept for a clean and simple alloy track bike has remained the same. For this reason the tubing is kept simple but effective, thanks to the 7000 series multi-butted aluminum which is light but very strong. Due to larger diameter head and down tubes, the frame is very stiff, ensuring all the power goes to the rear wheel and not lost flexing the frame. The tapered head tube and fork allow for a stiffer front end too, and the integrated headset ensures a super clean look at the same time. At the back of the frame the CNC machined dropouts are welded, and along with the other tubes, polished to leave a super smooth finish that really set the Script apart from the crowd.

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Made from 7005-T6 alloy and driving a 5mm thick 48t sprocket which is optimized for singlespeed chains. To put all this power down are the updated Drome wheels which run on high quality sealed bearings and now use a wider rim profile which is optimized for the 25c tires.


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SADDLE: Fabric, Scoop - Flat SEAT POST: BT Bikes, Zero

HUB: BT Bikes, Drome sealed, 17t cog CHAIN: KMC, 510HX

CRANKSET: Sram, Omnium, 165mm, 7050-T6 alloy CHAINRING: Sram, Omnium, 48t, 7075-T6 alloy

STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy 100mm HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, Compact


Due to larger diameter head and down tubes, the frame is very stiff, ensuring all the power goes to the rear wheel and not lost flexing the frame.

FRAME: 7005 multi-butted alloy, tapered top and down tube, stainless steel dropout plates FORK: BT Bikes, alloy aero fork, tapered steerer HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, Compact, butted 6061-T6 STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, sealed internal CRANKSET: Sram, Omnium

CHAINRING: Sram, Omnium, 48t DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: CASSETTE: 17t fixed cog CHAIN: KMC, 510HX BB: Sram, GXP HUBS: BT Bikes, Drome, sealed bearing

RIMS: BT Bikes, double wall, 22x27mm, 32h TYRES: Kenda, Kriterium, 25c BRAKES: Tektro, R312, caliper brake SEAT: Fabric, Scoop - Flat SEATPOST: BT Bikes, Zero, 300mm SIZES: S, M, L

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...a very stiff frame, and thanks to the inherent dampening properties of steel, also very comfortable


The Needle frame has had a few significant updates for 2016. Perhaps most noticeable is the sloping top tube, and the tapered head tube. These are designed for very different reasons, the tapered head tube works together with a tapered carbon fork for stiffer, and more direct handling. The sloping top tube is a result of reducing the seat tube length, which allows for a little extra riding comfort,

Needle

From the moment the Needle was launched it caught the eye of track and criterium riders due to its steel, rather than alloy frame. The Reynolds 725 tube-set is double butted and heat-treated for a higher strength to weight ratio. This strength produces a very stiff frame, and thanks to the inherent dampening properties of steel, also very comfortable. This dampening characteristic means the frame is very compliant and stable through corners, and on rougher surfaces, which ultimately makes for a fast bike.

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and gives the bike its distinctive silhouette. The dropouts have been updated too and are brazed into the rear stays for a cleaner, smoother look. The drive train of the Needle is the proven Sram Omnium 7050-T6 alloy crankset and 48t sprocket which drives a 17t heat treated crmo

rear cog. Each turn of the cranks transfers the drive through to our own Drome wheelset. The wheelset rolls on high quality sealed bearing hubs that are laced into a wider rim with 25c tires, for reduced rolling resistance and improved comfort.


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SADDLE: Fabric, Scoop - Flat SEAT POST: BT Bikes, Zero

CRANKSET: Sram, Omnium CHAIN: KMC, 510HX

HUB: BT Bikes, Drome FORK: BT Bikes, Criterium, carbon/alloy

FRAME: Reynolds, 725, heat treated, butted tubing BB: Sram, GXP


...the tapered head tube works together with a tapered carbon fork for stiffer, and more direct handling.

FRAME: Reynolds, 725, heat treated, butted tubing, tapered head tube, brazed dropouts FORK: BT Bikes, Criterium, carbon/alloy tapered HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, Compact, butted 6061-T6 STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: Tange, Seiki, 1.1/8“-1.1/2“ CRANKSET: Sram, Omnium

CHAINRING: Sram, Omnium, 48t DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: CASSETTE: 17t fixed cog CHAIN: KMC, 510HX BB: Sram, GXP HUBS: BT Bikes, Drome, sealed bearing

RIMS: BT Bikes, double wall, 22x27mm, 32h TYRES: Kenda, Kriterium, 25c BRAKES: Tektro, R312, caliper brake SEAT: Fabric, Scoop - Flat SEATPOST: BT Bikes, Zero, 300mm SIZES: S, M, L

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On the 24th of July, our good friend Clement (Shovel) Stawicki lined up in Flanders with 200 other riders to set off on the 3rd annual Transcontinental race. This is a truly ‘epic’ race with riders trying heading unaided (as close to none-stop as possible) all the way to Istanbul. Clem survived the race finishing in an impressive 14th position, a true testament to man and machine, his Bombtrack Audax. What did your preparation for the TCR involve? Clem prepares for the race start in Flanders

Transcontinental

with Clement Shovel

My preparation started with my registration to compete in the race, i.e. about eight months before the start. It can be divided into three parts: 1. equipment, 2. routing, and 3. physical training. As for the first, I did a great deal of research online and gathered information from different forums and blogs. My equipment choices were largely inspired by tips and stories of other riders and travellers. The choice of bicycle was the easiest. To get prepared for the race route I studied the maps and used online route planning software. As to the physical training, I tried to ride to the limit on top of my usual rides and to do long distances (upwards of 300 kilometres) without getting nauseous. In addition to cycling I also did some running, cardio workouts and muscle training, plus a good dental and medical check-up before I set off. Was it your first long distance endurance race ever? Yes, the TCR was the first kind of endurance race event I’ve tried, and its not put me off doing more like this. Maybe something off road next time could be fun.


How many starters were taking part? Can you describe the situation and relationship between the riders – was it rather competitive, friendly or both? There were about 160 solo participants and about fifty duos. People were generally really friendly. Although the language barrier was a challenge at times, there has always been a word of encouragement when we crossed paths. Some situations we experienced brought us closer together like the difference in altitude or the weather conditions. Please let us know more about the numbers: how many kilometres, how many meters of elevation, days of racing, average speed and such did you do? I don’t usually keep a record of these things, but according to what I was told, I cycled about 4,250 kilometres, climbed 49,000 metres of elevation, and had an average speed of something like 24 km/h over a period of 13 days, which makes 326 km per day. But I prefer bicycles to maths. How many hours did you sleep on average per night, and how many hours did you sit on your bike per day? I organized my days around sunrise and sunset. I went to sleep at around 10 to 11 p.m. and got up between 4.30 to 6 a.m. I slept about 6 hours per night on average, which left me around 18 hours for cycling. But the cycling efficiency varies with the weather and the physical condition. In order to reach the number of daily kilometres I had set myself, the length of the breaks I took varied too. You have crossed so many countries, reached so many different heights and the weather changed a lot too - how did you cope with these challenges as your bike did not really look fully packed? During my whole journey, I’ve spent about 12 hours cycling in the rain. But in the end, that’s not much. Rain is the hardest thing to handle when it comes to the equipment. Because once your equipment is wet, that’s when the trouble starts. For example, I had to ditch my battery charger, my batteries and my mobile phone charger because they got wet. Although the saddlebag, in which I kept these things, was

waterproof, it still couldn’t withstand six hours of constant downpour in Croatia. So I had to come up with another solution as I went along. Luckily, my other bags delivered on their water-proofing promise, so I was able to keep at least my clothes and sleeping equipment dry. On this race, however, the sun and the extreme temperatures (max. 45° C) were kind of the main issues. I was lucky to be able to tolerate the heat relatively well, and good hydration helped me cope with the temperatures. Generally, when you don’t have much equipment, you need to figure out how to make do with the little you have. Thanks to the tent I was able to sleep through nights of wind and rain, while in dry nights I only used my sleeping bag.

What equipment did you actually take along? For the trip, I packed a tent (weighing just under a kilo), a sleeping bag (10° C), a sleeping mat, a survival bag, a rain jacket, a high-visibility vest, a pair of knee warmers and arm warmers, a Merino wool hat, a pair of long Merino wool gloves, a high-quality functional undershirt with long sleeves, a jersey, two bib shorts, a first-aid bag, an emergency tool kit, four batteries, a GPS, maps and a roadbook. Does it differ from the equipment of other riders - or did you have any special item with you for a certain reason?

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I packed lightly, as did the average rider, while keeping the comfort of a tent. My packing list has been inspired by stories of the Trans Am and the Tour Divide. The only special item was a dynamo powered USB charger, which I had made myself. No unusual lucky charm or some such thing like that though. Where did you sleep? I slept in the fields, in pastures, under a motorway interchange, next to an abandoned building in the middle of the city, by the roadside, and twice in a hotel. I’ve always tried to find myself a place that was safe and, well, “comfortable”. The two nights spent in a hotel allowed me to take a shower and dry my stuff. How many times did you eat a day, and what?

“I really like steel frame bikes, they are comfortable and reliable. I loved how the geometry of the Audax looked on paper, and it turned out to be just as expected.” I ate all the time, primarily chocolate or cereal bars. Petrol stations were my main source of food supplies. I had quite a few Viennese pastries in the first few countries (France, Italy, and Slovenia), picked fruit from the roadside and when I took some time to sit down to eat I had the occasional pizza or a burger—food that is easy to find, can be eaten quickly and has lots of calories. To stay hydrated I drank lots of lemonade and energy drinks, and in the hot countries up to 8

litres of water a day. I refilled my bidon at cemeteries, at mountain springs, wells, and on food supply points. I haven’t had a single balanced meal during the entire journey. Did you encounter any dangerous situations during the race? The whole route is actually dangerous and there have been lots of accidents this year. For my part, I got hit by a lorry’s wing mirror at night on the D100 (a two lane road without cycle track or road shoulder) near Silivri about 100 kilometres before the finish. The most dangerous situations, however, have been the dog attacks. I had quite a few, one of them in Greece, where seven dogs attacked me. Do hear anything of the other riders, of any crashes, injuries and such things? As I didn’t have a smartphone on me and no access to social media, I only learned about these things at the checkpoints and after the finish. One Czech rider, now a friend, crashed and had to change a wheel. Another one crashed twice within the final kilometre before the finish. Others were so weary of the constant dog attacks that they even tried to kill some of them— more or less successfully. There are plenty of such stories. I have great respect for those riders who managed to overcome a bad situation, then got on their bike again and finished the race, and I have a thought for those who had to quit prematurely. When we asked you if you’d be willing to ride our new AUDAX, what convinced you to ride it for this event? I really like steel frame bikes, they are comfortable and reliable. I loved how the geometry of the AUDAX looked on paper, and it turned out to be just as expected. I liked its neoclassical look and its shape as a whole. The bike fully


met my requirements for this sort of adventure and it’s been an honour for me to be the first to try out a new bike model and to take it on a trip across Europe. Did you make any changes or adjustments to the standard bike? I attached a Berthoud leather saddle, and installed a set of wheels with a hub dynamo so as to have an autonomous energy source. I attached lighting and extensions (aerobar). Finally, I replaced the Shimano STIs with some Genevalle shifters, as I found them more reliable and easier to fix and adjust in case of failure.

“I’ve spent about 12 hours cycling in the rain ...rain is the hardest thing to handle when it comes to the equipment, because once your equipment is wet, that’s when the trouble starts.”

What will be your next target to be ridden, what are your near future plans? My next target is going to be the 3 Peaks in England, which I have participated in for the past four years. Apart from that, I’ve been thinking about doing some other long distance races—there are so many projects that I get excited about, like the Trans Am road race, but also off-road events such as the Tuscany Trail, the Highland Trail 550, the HLC in Israel as well as the Tour Divide. The most important thing for me, however, is to enjoy what I’m doing and to keep on having fun.

Translation: Stephanie Krage Photos: Bat Howell, Frenchy’s Distribution, Liberty Cycles Vizenza, Pici Bici Slovenia

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The option to convert the Arise into 1x or 2x gearing has been retained thanks to the removable cable guides and derailleur hanger. The new Tektro RX5 v-brakes use a short

Arise

The Arise is a genuine ‘Swiss Army Knife’ built with versatility in mind from the ground up. Keep it single speed or convert it with a full group-set like the Rad Pack did on their gravel Tour d’Iceland. Now in its third generation the Arise has been revised to further enhance that versatility. The updated geometry gives a better range of sizes, with top tube lengths getting a little shorter for a more comfortable reach. Thanks to a sliding dropout the chain stay lengths can be varied for different kinds of riding, a little longer for a more comfortable touring set up, or shorter for a more playful and nimble feel. The frame retains the 4130 tubing and the front triangle is butted and heat-treated for a better strength to weight ratio.

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pull system, to work better with STI shifters. Up front, the fork is now a little longer to further improve riding comfort and also with a longer trail for more stable handling. The fork blades now feature rack mounts, so setting up a low rider with panniers is easily done. There is also plenty of grip from the Continental ‘Cyclocross Speed’

tires, which roll fast and smooth on the road, but still have excellent grip on dirt trails.


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SADDLE: Fabric, Scoop - shallow SEAT POST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust

FRAME: sliding dropout with replaceable hanger CHAIN: KMC, 510HX

STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy

HUB: BT Bikes, Arise, sealed


The Arise is a genuine ‘Swiss Army Knife’ built from the ground up with versatility in mind

FRAME: 4130 crmo, heat treated front triangle, incl. derailleur, fender & rack mounts FORK: 4130 crmo, tapered double butted blades with fender & rack mounts HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, CX, 9° flair STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, Orbit-X, sealed

CRANKSET: BT Bikes, TAF19, 6061-T6 alloy CHAINRING: BT Bikes, 46t CNC, 6061-T6 alloy DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: CASSETTE: 17t heat treated CRMO cog CHAIN: KMC, 510HX BB: BT Bikes, BB86

HUBS: BT Bikes, Arise, sealed bearing RIMS: BT Bikes, DM18, 32h TYRES: Continental, Cyclocross Speed, 35c BRAKES: Tektro, RX5, mini V-brake SEAT: Fabric, Scoop - Shallow SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 612 micro-adjust SIZES: S, M, L

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From a tough and dependable daily commuter through to a fast and capable gravel racer,...whatever the purpose in mind the Hook is ready and willing.


The beauty of social media has allowed us to closely follow how owners of our Hook bikes have gone on to put them to use in a whole host of diverse ways. From a tough and dependable daily commuter through to a fast and capable gravel racer, so it seems whatever the purpose in mind the Hook is ready and willing.

Hook

The Bombtrack Hook was launched in 2014 and although the original plan for the Hook was to simply be a well balanced steel CX bike, the scope of this bikes abilities came as a surprise even to the development team. With team rider Stefan (Fish) Vis successfully tackling the grueling Transalp mountain bike race, and earlier this year riding the Paris-Roubaix, it was clear for all the capabilities of this bike were beyond expectations.

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Hook 1 At the core of the Hook 1 is the high quality Japanese Sanko crmo tubing built into the proven geometry of the original Hook frame. The front triangle is heat-treated which allows the tube walls to be thinner. The result is reduced weight but without compromising strength. The characteristic solid and stable feel of the frame comes from the geometry and larger diameter tubes that connect to the rear wheel through the BB30 hub shell. These larger diameter tubes are inherently stiffer and create a larger surface area for the welding, making for a stronger junction. The larger oval section chain stays allow for a stiffer connection to the rear axle, as well as providing more mud clearance around the tires.

...carrying over the proven geometry and frame design from last years‘ original Hook, but now in an even more versatile package


The carbon fiber fork with tapered steerer tube helps to provide more direct handling as well as keeping the front-end weight down. The Sram Apex group set offers smooth and reliable shifting and with an 11-32 cassette and 50/34 chain rings the Hook 1 can handle any kind of terrain. The Mavic Crossride wheelset offers a very strong and reliable wheelset for the Hook. Thanks to the double seals used on the cartridge bearings and the rims having a reinforced spoke hole the wheels are smooth, fast and very durable. To make sure stopping is not a problem, the Hook 1 uses the proven TRP Spyre disc calipers with a powerful dual action system that applies pressure to the disc from both sides rather than just one.

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BRAKE: TRP, Spyre WHEELSET: Mavic, Crossride

SADDLE: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEAT POST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust

STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy stem HANDLE BAR: BT Bikes, CX, with 9째 outward flair

GROUPSET: Sram, Apex, 50/34 chainring, 11-32 cassette


The characteristic solid and stable feel of the frame comes from the geometry and larger diameter tubes that connect to the rear wheel through the BB30 hub shell.

FRAME: 4130 Sanko double butted crmo tubing, invest cast dropouts with replaceable hanger FORK: BT Bikes, carbon/alloy tapered, disc HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, CX, 9째 flair STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, Orbit-ITA, sealed CRANKSET: Sram, Apex

CHAINRING: Sram, Apex, 50/34 DERAILLEURS: Sram, Apex, front & rear SHIFTERS: Sram, Apex CASSETTE: Sram, PG1030, 11-32 CHAIN: KMC, X10L BB: Sram, PF, BB30 HUBS: Mavic, Crossride, sealed bearing

RIMS: Mavic, Crossride, double wall, 24h TYRES: Continental, Cyclocross Race, folding, 35c BRAKES: TRP, Spyre, 160mm rotors SEAT: BT Bikes, Team-slim SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust SIZES: S, M, L, XL

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Hook 2 The Hook 2 has evolved to be more versatile and really a ‘do it all’ kind of bike. So winter road rides, the daily commute, weekend bike packing trips and of course a short intense Cyclocross race are all in the repertoire of the Hook. At the core of the bike is the Columbus Cromor steel frame, it provides a light, strong and a very compliant ride. A carbon fork with tapered steerer helps keep the weight down but provides a stiff and confident steering feel. Elsewhere on the frame, details like the cable routing being full enclosed down the rear stays, to keep mud out and therefore smoother shifts, adds to the Hooks’ durability. The front

...winter road rides, the daily commute, weekend bike packing trips and of course a Cyclocross race are all within the remit of the Hook.


and rear rack mounts mean this bike has more potential to be used as a long distance gravel grinder or bike-packing machine. The 1x11 Sram rival groupset offers enough range of gears for most rides, with the big advantages of less moving parts and less mud collecting around the front derailleur. DT Swiss wheels are renowned for being well engineered and incredibly durable. The R23 spline wheelset is no exception to this with a stiff but lightweight design making them well suited to the Hooks’ multitude of activities.

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STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy stem HANDLE BAR: BT Bikes, CX, with 9째 outward flair

HUB: DT Swiss, R23 CASSETTE: Sram, 11-32

SADDLE: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEAT POST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust

HUB: DT Swiss, R23 BRAKE: TRP, Spyre, 160mm rotor


At the core of the bike is the Columbus Cromor steel frame, it provides a light, strong and a very compliant ride

FRAME: Columbus, Cromor, double butted tubing invest cast dropouts, replaceable hanger FORK: BT Bikes, carbon/alloy tapered, disc HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, CX, 9째 flair STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, Orbit-ITA, sealed CRANKSET: Sram, Rival

3/4 view rack mounts need adding

CHAINRING: Sram, Rival, 42t DERAILLEURS: Sram, Rival 1 SHIFTERS: Sram, Rival CASSETTE: Sram, PG1030, 11-32 CHAIN: KMC, X11L BB: Sram, PF, BB30 HUBS: DT Swiss, R23 spline, sealed bearing

RIMS: DT Swiss, R23 disc, tubeless compat. 24h TYRES: Continental, Cyclocross Race, folding, 35c BRAKES: TRP, Spyre, 160mm rotors SEAT: BT Bikes, Team-slim SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 620 micro-adjust SIZES: S, M, L, XL

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Hook 3 The Hook 3 is built from the ground up to be fast and light. The full carbon fiber frame and fork is manufactured with a layup technique that allows more strength and stiffness to be created in certain areas. The full internal cable routing not only makes for a cleaner look, it actually helps to avoid mud build up which often occurs around the exposed cables and guides. The front and rear DT Swiss thru-axles add to the rigidity of the frame as well as providing a stronger wheel set up. Sliding over the axles are the DT Swiss R23 hubs, which use a spline flange system with straight pull spokes and a specific lacing for maximum stiffness. These are connected to the wide, tubeless

The carbon fiber frame and fork are manufactured in a way that optimizes strength whilst also reducing weight


compatible rims with cold forged and butted spokes for the stronger wheel build. The Sram Force 1 group set on the Hook 3 was specifically developed for Cyclocross, with a clutch action derailleur and wide/ narrow chainings working together to maintain an even chain tension, avoiding the risk of a dropped chain. The Force 1 hydraulic brakes provide supreme braking power and modulation allowing for more confidence when braking hard for corners and in fast descents.

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LEVERS: Sram, Force 1, hydraulic HANDLE BAR: Deda, Zero 2

DERAILLEUR: Sram, Force 1 CASSETTE: Sram, 11-32

CRANKSET: Sram, Force 1 CHAINRING: Sram, Force 1, X-Sync, 38T

HUB: DT Swiss, R23, 15x100 thru-axle BRAKE: Sram, Force hydraulic, 160mm rotor


The Sram Force 1 group set on the Hook 3 was specifically developed for Cyclocross, with a clutch action derailleur and wide narrow chainings working together to maintain an even chain tension

FRAME: T700 HM carbon fiber, full internal cable routing, replaceable hanger and Di2 ready FORK: T700 HM carbon fiber disc fork, 1.1/8“1.1/2“ tapered steerer, 15mm thru axle HANDLEBAR: Deda, RHM 01, 6061-T6 butted alloy, drop bar STEM: Deda, Zero2, forged 6061 alloy HEADSET: FSA, Orbit C40, sealed, internal

CRANKSET: Sram, Force 1 CHAINRING: Sram, Force 1, X-sync 38t DERAILLEURS: Sram, Force 1 SHIFTERS: Sram, Force 1 CASSETTE: Sram, PG1130, 11-32 CHAIN: KMC, X11L BB: Sram, PF, BB30 HUBS: DT Swiss, R23 spline, thru-axle F & R

RIMS: DT Swiss, R23 disc, tubeless compat. 24h TYRES: Continental, Cyclocross Race, folding, 35c BRAKES: Sram, Force 1 centerline,160mm rotors SEAT: Fabric, Scoop - Flat SEATPOST: Deda, RSX 01 SIZES: XXS, XS,S, M, L, XL

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The steel frame adds compliance to the ride, giving the confidence to carve the perfect line through any corner.


The Tempest makes no compromises in the drivetrain, thanks to the full Shimano 105 group-set, and with 52/36 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette there is always the right gear

Tempest

In today‘s world of high modulus carbon fiber and complex hyroformed aluminum there is something about the clean and classic look of a steel frame that will always appeal, and not only to the purists. Being made from Reynolds 725 tubing, the Tempest has slim and clean lines synonymous with a classic steel frame but in an entirely modern design. Due to the inherent dampening characteristics of steel, the frame offers more compliance, making the frame effective in transferring power but also supple, for a comfortable ride. The modern road geometry avoids being too extreme, so the shorter rear end and head angle make for a comfortable and dynamic ride giving the confidence to carve through any corner.

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available, no matter the gradient. In order to put the energy down to the road, the Tempest comes with the Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheelset. The rims profile is wider to suit the 25c tires and as the rim is welded rather than pinned it is lighter too. A complete set of Deda components form the finishing kit. The Zero 2 stem RHM handlebar form a stiff

and light cockpit and the sleek Fabric Scoop saddle and Deda RSX01 seatpost cement this bike as a truly modern race bike.


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CRANKSET: Shimano, 105, 52/36t CHAIN: KMC, X11L

FRAME: Reynolds, 725, butted and heat treated BRANKE: Shimano, 105

STEM: Deda, Zero 2 HANDLEBAR: Deda, RHM01

HUB: Mavic, Ksyrium Equipe CASSETTE: Shimano, 105, 11-28


The Tempest makes no compromises in the drivetrain, thanks to the full Shimano 105 group-set, with 52/36 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette

FRAME: Reynolds, 725 heat treated and butted tubing, invest cast dropouts, repl. mech hanger FORK: BT Bikes, carbon/alloy, 1.1/8“ steerer HANDLEBAR: Deda, RHM 01, 6061-T6 butted alloy, drop bar STEM: Deda, Zero2, forged 6061 alloy HEADSET: FSA, Orbit-X, sealed 1.1/8“

CRANKSET: Shimano, 105 CHAINRING: Shimano, 105, 52/36t DERAILLEURS: Shimano, 105, F & R SHIFTERS: Shimano, 105 CASSETTE: Shimano, 105, 11-28 CHAIN: KMC, X11L BB: Shimano, PF, BB86

HUBS: Mavic, Ksyrium-Equipe, sealed bearing RIMS: Mavic, Ksyrium-Equipe, welded, 20h TYRES: Continental, Grand Sport Race, 25c BRAKES: Shimano, 105, callipers SEAT: Fabric, Scoop - Flat SEATPOST: Deda, RSX 01 SIZES: XS,S, M, L

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...with a less aggressive and more relaxed touring style geometry the ride is comfortable yet lively.


Out of the box the fitted fenders mean that bad weather is no longer a reason to stay indoors. The rear rack mounts also mean that adding panniers for longer touring rides is easily done. If your ride takes in some steeper climbs the compact crankset and 11-28 Shimano cassette

Audax

Sometimes you just want to take off on a longer ride, to explore new roads, discover new places and simply to relax and enjoy the ride. This is where the Audax comes in, with a less aggressive and more relaxed touring style geometry the ride is comfortable yet lively enough to keep you grinning from ear to ear. The frame is built from the same proven heat treated crmo tubes as the Arise, so just for peace of mind you know the bike is tough enough, to take on a bit of ‘b-road’ if it‘s needed. Painted in a metallic white, with polished rear stays to show off the brazed dropouts the Audax has more of a custom handmade look that is guaranteed to turn a few heads.

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offers enough gears to keep spinning up all but the steepest Col’s. You can make more out of the descents thanks to the DT Swiss R24 wheelset and the Continental 28c tires that keep rolling resistance to a minimum.


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STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy stem HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 butted alloy

DERAILLEUR: Shimano, 105 CASSETTE: Shimano, 105, 11-28

HUB: DT Swiss, R24 Spline FORK: BT Bikes, carbon/alloy with fender mounts

CRANKSET: Shimano, 105, 50/34t CHAIN: KMC, X11L


Out of the box fitted fenders mean that bad weather is no longer a reason to stay indoors.

FRAME: 4130 full crmo frame, with heat treated front triangle, incl. fender and rack mounts FORK: BT Bikes, carbon/alloy, 1.1/8“ steerer HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, butted 6061-T6 STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, Orbit-X, sealed 1.1/8“ CRANKSET: Shimano, 105

CHAINRING: Shimano, 105, 50/34t DERAILLEURS: Shimano, 105, F & R SHIFTERS: Shimano, 105 CASSETTE: Shimano, 105, 11-28 CHAIN: KMC, X11L BB: Shimano, 68mm BSA HUBS: DT Swiss, R24 Spline, sealed

RIMS: DT Swiss, R24 Spline, 20/24h TYRES: Continental, Grand Sport Race, 28c BRAKES: Promax, RC359, callipers SEAT: Fabric, Scoop - Shallow SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust SIZES: XS,S, M, L, XL

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A Journey Beyond with Marc Maurer

Perhaps the most important stage in the development of a new bike is the testing and evaluation, that’s the moment when you find out if all those ideas actually work out. When we heard our friend Marc was planning a bikepacking trip from Istanbul to Tehran, we knew that would be the perfect test for our new adventure-touring bike. Photos: Joachim Rosenlund


Where are you based and how old are you? I’m 34 years old and I’m based in Cologne, Germany Is “Istanbul - Tehran” your first long distance bike tour? “Istanbul - Tehran” is my second longer bike trip. In June 2014 I cycled from Cologne to Istanbul and back again. My plan was to fly back to Germany from Istanbul, but when I arrived in Istanbul it felt kind of wrong to take the easy way home. So I decided to turn around and cycle back to Cologne. In the end I rode 6000km, covering 40.000 vertical meters, spent 54 days in the saddle and crossed 16 countries, kind of crazy for my first bigger trip. Did you have a special preparation for this trip? I didn’t really prepare especially for the trip, but I ride almost daily anyway. After a while your body (and legs) get used to riding longer distances. The first couple of days you might not be able to ride very long distances, but after a while you can easily ride 100+ km every day (depending on the roads, mountains, heat, etc). The everyday riding is the best training there is... Eduard from “Veloküche” Shop in Cologne, is a bike mechanic and friend of mine, he gave me some lessons in solving minor technical problems. But during my two trips I didn’t had any technical problems at all, aside from a puncture or two. In my opinion, the biggest challenge for a longer solo bicycle trip lies in your head. You have to spend day after day with yourself and your thoughts. Sometimes you don’t even talk to anybody for days. You really need to be able to enjoy – as well as to cope with being alone. How did you manage the change in languages, were you able to communicate with locals ok? I travelled the world quite a bit and it’s the same in almost every country. Even if you don’t speak their language or if they don’t speak English at all, you can always communicate with people somehow. Sometimes the only chance to interact with the locals is in sign language. Most of the time it’s very entertaining (for both parties) and it quite often leads to funny misunderstandings.

“At the stop, there were these mean looking soldiers... After some chit-chat, they warmed up and we drank a beer together...we had a great time with lots of joking around” In Turkey it was quite easy with English and sometimes even German, but it got more difficult in Georgia and Armenia, where the people rarely speak English at all. Iran was quite an experience, not many are able to speak English there (once you get off the beaten track), but the locals are so helpful and they really want to interact with you. They often call everybody they know to find someone who can speak English to translate. Quite a few times, they would even call people they didn’t know, like a local doctor or teacher, hoping they would know a few sentences in English. But it’s the same anywhere in the world, a smile and funny face is often enough...everybody understands a smile and laughter! Which countries did you cross, and what was your impression of them?

I cycled through Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. The major impression in all four countries was the amazing hospitality and friendliness, and the diversity of the landscapes and nature. It started in Turkey with chai (tea) for free at almost every stop I made. In Georgia it was the incredible nature, with an enormous diversity for such a small country... the Black Sea, the really impressive and rough Caucasus Mountains and the semi deserts have been a fantastic place to ride, with great camping spots. In Armenia the people are unbelievably friendly and curious - sometimes people would pay for your groceries or give you little gifts - resistance futile! The country also has spectacular nature, especially around Seevan Lake. It’s also very mountainous, with daily tough mountain rides.

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In Iran EVERBODY was waving along the way and wanted to shake your hand/take a picture with you and just generally wanting to welcome you to the country. Iran is a country where even the police stop you just so they can invits you for a cup of tea! If you want to feel like a famous person, come to Iran!

Where did you sleep? Most of the time I slept in my tent, just somewhere wild. Often in really beautiful surroundings but also next to highways, behind petrol stations etc...Sometimes I asked people if I could sleep on their property, which often lead to a free breakfast. When it was raining for days, and my clothes and myself needed to dry, or if my clothes and I needed a wash (longest time without a shower: 7 days) I spent a night at a hostel, a homestead, or very seldom a hotel. In Iran random people invite you to stay at their house and to be their guests - almost every day, and on most days, several times! What was your nicest experience you had during your journey? I had many great experiences during my Trip. It’s difficult, if not impossible to pick one experience. In Armenia I made a quick stop to refill my water bottles. At the stop, there were these mean looking soldiers refilling the watertanks of their trucks. After some chit-chat, they warmed up and we drank beer together (they even challenged me to drink a beer in one go) and we had a great time together, with lots of joking around - all at eleven o’clock in the morning, right before a mountain climb...

“Most of the time I slept in my tent, just somewhere wild. Often in really beautiful surroundings”

In Georgia I came through a small village and saw some kids playing football on a small soccer field. It had been quite a tough day with a 120 km ride, so I decided to ask the kids if they knew a place where I could camp for the night. Of course they didn’t understand me, so I ended up playing football with them instead. Suddenly it started to rain quite heavily, so I just put my tent up on the soccer field and slipped in. Moments later a young boy came and invited my to sleep in his family’s house because of the heavy rain, but because the tent was already wet, I decided to stay put. After a while an old lady came, woke me up and gave me cheese, bread and homemade wine. In the morning the young boy came again, this time with bread, butter, hot tea and a bottle of chacha (really strong homemade alcohol, up to 70%!!!) For breakfast!!! In Iran I was setting up camp under some trees on a patch of land, when two young guys came to say hello. I asked if it was ok for me to camp there and they said yes. We shook hands and they went off. After about 20min, they came back with a thermos flask with tea, a cup and sugar, plus

a water melon. They gave me the stuff and went off again. I had some tea, ate the water melon and went off to bed. About an hour later, I was woken up to the sound of a lot of voices and as I looked out of my tent, there were about 12 people with flash lights outside - the two guys had brought, more or less, half the village and they all wanted to say a “Hello”... What was the average daily distance you were doing? In average I did around 100 km per day, with an average of 1000 meters of climbing every day! The toughest day was the ride to, and up, the Georgian military highway to the Russian border...160km with an elevation gain of 3225 Meter! How do you manage to take so much time out, what do you do for a living? I’m a Freelancer and at the moment I work as an exhibition builder, but actually I do anything for money. Travelling is a big part of my life and I do everything to see the world and make it a bit smaller. Traveling really opens your mind and connects people from different nations. Take Iran for example; cycling through the country has been such a positive experience and it really shows you how wrong the picture “our” media is selling us. It sounds like there was some real diverstity in the kind of terrain you were riding over, how did you go about choose your equipment for the trip? When I plan a trip I don’t really have a fixed route... I just start and see how it goes, talk to locals or other travellers about routes, roads, places etc. When it comes to the equipment you need, it’s different. You have to know what the weather will be like, what the roads will be like, if it’s possible to buy spare parts if something breaks etc. For bicycle touring or bikepacking it’s quite important to have reliable, lightweight gear, which is small in packing size. I chose a one person, 3-season tent, weighing only 1,2 kilos, which can withstand heavy rain and strong winds. In my opinion it is important that the tent is freestanding, so you can camp on surfaces were it’s not possible to use pegs. Finding the right sleeping bag is not easy (too hot, too cold...), but I went for a 850+ cuin down bag,


which weighs only 500 grams and packs really small, with a temperature range from 2 – 10°C. But one of the most important things to me is the sleeping mat. I tried a few until I found the perfect one for me. It’s really important to have a good night’s sleep after a hard day in the saddle. I have a multi-fuel stove that burns with more or less anything. In these countries it’s quite difficult to find gas or alcohol, but you will find petrol everywhere... and petrol is cheap, really cheap in these countries! Of course you don’t need all this “high-tech” stuff to do such trips, but for me it is definitely more fun to ride lightweight and to have really good reliable equipment with me! What about your bike, did you modify it in any way for the trip, or keep it pretty much standard?

I only changed or added a few parts to make it suit my specific needs. I added a time trial bar for a more relaxed position in heavy head winds and for long, flat and straight roads. I fitted my trusted ‘flite’ saddle and added a dynamo hub for charging my phone, camera, MP3 player, lights etc. I also changed the tires as I needed something better suited for road and hard-pack riding. Most of the time I rode on paved roads, lets say around 70 % of the time, so the need for a tire that runs well on asphalt was there. I really liked the handlebar, it gives the possibility to ride in lots of different positions and it gives you a lot of control on difficult downhill patches with a rough surface. I also really liked the original setup of the drive train. The gear ratio was just perfect, both for climbing tough mountains, even fully loaded, and going high-speed on straight flat roads. Another great feature on the bike is, to have the possibility to mount up to 5 bottle cages!

Where do you think the bike feels best? Climbing, rolling dusty gravel, long tarmac-paved roads? In my opinion the bike is great on all surfaces and for all conditions - it can take anything you throw at it! Even fully loaded it’s very stiff and you can go just everywhere with it. No matter if it’s off-road or on road. You can ride it very fast on paved roads and on gravel. In Georgia I had really bad “roads” for several days and the bikes performance was just brilliant! In Iran the roads are in really good conditions, the asphalt is perfect. The Beyond’s performance in these long asphalt sections was also amazing! For me the Beyond is the “eierlegende Wollmilchsau” I don’t know what that is in English, like an animal that can provide you with everything you could possibly need.

“The major impression in all four countries was the amazing hospitality and friendliness, and the diversity of the landscapes and nature”

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When the lure of a journey into the wilderness takes hold, then the Beyond is the tool to make that journey happen.


When out in remote locations having tough and durable equipment is essential, so for this reason the Beyond uses the SRAM X7 rear derailleur, which is renowned for smooth

Beyond

When the lure of a journey into the wilderness takes hold, then the Beyond is the tool to make the journey happen. Built around a Columbus Cromor tube set that has been proven on our Hook bike, it’s tough, strong but light, exactly what’s needed in an adventure bike. In order to offer as many carrier options as possible the Beyond features front and rear rack mounts, as well as a total of five bottle cages. The lower top tube makes mounting the fully loaded bike much easier and the taller head tube provides a more comfortable riding position. In order to keep the shoulders from getting tired the handle bar is designed to offer as many hand positions as possible as well as the option for mounting an aerobar.

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and reliable shifting. The DT Swiss X1900 wheelset is tough enough for the more rugged off-road trails, without being too heavy when on smoother roads. In order to give the maximum traction possible the WTB Nano 2.1� tires are perfect on dirt trails but still roll smooth and fast on the road too.


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STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 butted alloy, 22° flair

BRAKE: TRP, Spyre, 160mm rotor CASSETTE: Sram, 11-36

SADDLE: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEAT POST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust

HEADSET: Tange, Seiki, 1.1/8“-1.1/2“ FRAME: Columbus, Cromor tubing, tapered head tube


When out in remote locations having tough and durable equipment is essential, so for this reason the Beyond uses the SRAM X7 rear derailleur

FRAME: Columbus, Cromor, double butted, with rack and x3 bottle mounts, repl rear der. FORK: BT Bikes, 4130 crmo, tapered double butted with fender, rack and bottle mounts HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 butted, 22° flair STEM: BT Bikes, forged alloy HEADSET: Tange Seiki, 1.1/8“-1.1/2“

CRANKSET: Sram, X5 CHAINRING: Sram, X5, 28/42t DERAILLEURS: Sram, X7 rear, X5 front SHIFTERS: Sram, Apex CASSETTE: Sram, 11-36t CHAIN: KMC, X10L BB: Sram, PF, BB30

HUBS: DT Swiss, X1900, front 15mm thru-axle RIMS: DT Swiss, X1900, 24x18mm TYRES: WTB, Nano, 2.1“ BRAKES: TRP, Spyre, 160mm rotors SEAT: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust SIZES: S, M, L, XL

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The key to the Oxbridge’s visual appeal has always been the slim, clean frame in a timeless colour scheme, finished off with polished components.


As you look closer at the Oxbridge you start to pick out details that set it apart from the crowd, like the embossing on the handlebar and saddle, the subtle logos on the hubs and stem. Due to it’s more sporty geometry the steering feels direct but at the same time the

Oxbridge

The Oxbridge was designed as a classic styled single speed city bike, but with a modern overtone and a sportier feeling. The key to the Oxbridge’s visual appeal has always been the slim, clean frame in a timeless colour scheme, finished off with polished components. For 2016 the Oxbridge is available in either a deep black with a metallic brown flake, or a classic British racing metallic green, both of which use a double clear coat for a glossier and more durable finish. Also for 2016 the bike has been updated with front and rear rack mounts, so if you’re looking for a little more practicality then installing a carrier is easily done.

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longer wheelbase helps keep things reassuringly stable. Thanks to the high quality sealed bearings in the hubs, the wheels glide effortlessly making the most out of every turn of the cranks.


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SADDLE: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEAT POST: BT Bikes, 375, micro-adjust

HEADSET: FSA, Duro-X, sealed 1“ BRAKE: Tektro, R359, caliper

STEM: BT Bikes, Goose Neck, forged alloy HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 alloy

HUB: BT Bikes, Drome, freewheel hub CHAIN: KMC, 510HX


As you look closer at the Oxbridge you start to pick out details that set it apart from the crowd, like the embossing on the handlebar and saddle

FRAME: 4130 crmo head, down and seat tube, crmo dropouts with fender and rack mounts FORK: BT Bikes, 4130 crmo fork, with guard and rack mounts HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 butted STEM: BT Bikes, Goose Neck, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, Duron-X, 1“ sealed

CRANKSET: BT Bikes, AF22, 6061 alloy, CHAINRING: BT Bikes, alloy, cnc, 44t DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: CASSETTE: 16t freewheel CHAIN: KMC, 510HX BB: BT Bikes, BSA sealed

HUBS: BT Bikes, Drome, sealed, female axles RIMS: BT Bikes, R450, double wall, 32h TYRES: Kenda, skinwall, 28c BRAKES: Tektro, R359, alloy calliper SEAT: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 375, micro-adjust SIZES: XS, S, M, L

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Classic looks are once again combined with modern engineering.


Thanks to the drop bar, there are a few more options for hand positions meaning a little extra comfort on longer rides. The frame also features bottle cage and rack mounts, so a longer weekend excursion is no problem now.

Oxbridge

Not everyone is fortunate to live in ‘pancake’ flat surroundings, so to get a little help on those hills the Oxbridge is now available in a ten-speed version. To carry on the theme of old meets new, the Oxbridge uses a downtube shifter paired up to a Shimano Tiagra 10 speed derailleur. This old meets new approach means the classic looks are once again combined with modern engineering.

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STEM: BT Bikes, Goose Neck, forged alloy HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 alloy

CHAINRING: BT Bikes, 48t alloy, CRANKSET: BT Bikes, AF22, 6061 alloy

HUB: BT Bikes, Drome, female axle FORK: BT Bikes, crmo fork, with guard and rack mounts HUB: BT Bikes, Drome, 10speed cassette CHAIN: KMC, X10L


Thanks to the drop bar, there are a few more options for hand positions meaning a little extra comfort on longer rides

FRAME: 4130 crmo head, down and seat tube, crmo dropouts with fender and rack mounts FORK: BT Bikes, 4130 crmo fork, with guard and rack mounts HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, 6061-T6 alloy drop bar STEM: BT Bikes, Goose Neck, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, Duron-X, 1“ sealed

CRANKSET: BT Bikes, AF22, 6061 alloy, CHAINRING: BT Bikes, alloy, cnc, 48t DERAILLEURS: Shimano, Tiagra, 10 speed SHIFTERS: Dia-Compe, downtube CASSETTE: Shimano, Tiagra, 12-28 CHAIN: KMC, X10L BB: BT Bikes, BSA sealed

HUBS: BT Bikes, Drome, sealed, female axles RIMS: BT Bikes, R450, double wall, 32h TYRES: Kenda, skinwall, 28c BRAKES: Tektro, R359, alloy caliper SEAT: BT Bikes, Harris - slim SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 375, micro-adjust SIZES: XS, S, M, L

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The slim tubing is built around a geometry that strikes a balance between being fun and sporty yet comfortable to ride


The bike features a colour coded front rack, made from Bamboo and alloy to be lightweight and durable. A rear rack can also be easily added thanks to the mounting points on the seat stays and dropout. The alloy fenders are also painted to match the bike and add some all weather use, so combined with the rack the Trinity really a daily companion.

Trinity

The Trinity is all about riding in style, with its clean lines, vivid colours, polished parts, matching saddle and grips all giving the bike a timeless look. This bike is designed in a classic style Mixte frame, with the twin top tubes being split at the seat tube, as they connect the dropout to the head tube. This makes the frame very strong, and the ride more stable as a result. The slim tubing is built around a geometry that strikes a balance between being fun and sporty yet comfortable to ride.

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In order to keep the ride nice and easy no matter the gradient, the Trinity features the Sram automatic 2-speed hub that changes gear based on your speed, so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Both the front and rear hubs are laced into 28 hole double walled alloy rims that can take the sometimes harsh life of urban riding.


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STEM: BT Bikes, Goose Neck, forged alloy HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, Mixte, 6061-T6 alloy

RACK: BT Bikes, alloy/bamboo front carrier GRIPS: BT Bikes, leather, clamp on fixing

HUB:Sram, Automatix, auto shift 2-speed CHAIN: KMC, 510HX

CRANKSET: BT Bikes, AF22, 6061 alloy PEDAL BT Bikes, caged alloy


The Trinity features the Sram automatic 2-speed hub that changes gear based on your speed, so you can relax and enjoy the ride

FRAME: 4130 crmo front triangle, crmo dropouts with rack and fender mounts FORK: 4130 crmo fork, with rack and fender mounts HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, Mixte, 6061-T6 alloy STEM: BT Bike, Goose Neck, forged alloy HEADSET: FSA, DuronX, 1“ sealed

CRANKSET: BT Bikes, AF22, 6061 alloy, CHAINRING: BT Bikes, alloy, cnc, 38t DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: automatic hub shift CASSETTE: 16t cog CHAIN: KMC, 510HX BB: BT Bikes, BSA, sealed

HUBS: BT Bikes, Drome front, Sram automatix rear RIMS: BT Bikes, R450, double wall, 28h TYRES: Kenda, 28c BRAKES: Tektro, R359, alloy calliper SEAT: BT Bikes, Team - medium padded SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 375, micro-adjust SIZES: S, M, L

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The geometry of a steeper head tube and a shorter chain stay gives the bike its characteristic nimble feel


To make the most of every turn of the three-piece crmo cranks, the Divide hubs feature fully sealed high quality bearings that keeping things rolling nice and smooth. Thanks to the thirtysix hole, double wall rims, the wheels can also take the daily knocks that come with urban riding.

Divide

The Divide has always been part urban commuter and part fixed gear freestyle, this blend of personalities gave the bike a diverse appeal. At the core of the bike is still the tough and dependable 4130 crmo tubed frame. The geometry of a steeper head tube and a shorter chain stay gives the bike its characteristic nimble feel. For 2016 there is a little more comfort designed into the geometry with longer head tube lengths to give a little more upright riding position. The fully heat-treated crmo fork and handlebar ensure the Divide can handle the ‘rough and tough’ of city riding with ease.

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Seeing how more and more riders where using the potential for the Divide as a tough commuter and city bike, for 2016 the bike comes with a cassette driver pre-installed (conversion to fixed is still possible). With the bike set up as a single speed the need for better braking comes about, and this is addressed through an under-mounted mini

V-brake on the seat stays. The brake mounts and cable guides are all fully removable so the bike can be kept looking clean if setup as a brakeless fixed gear bike.


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HUB: BT Bikes, 10t cassette hub DROPOUT: Laser cut, heat-treated crmo

HEADSET: Salt Pro, internal, sealed STEM: BT Bikes, front-load, CNC 6061-T6 alloy

CHAINRING: BT Bikes, Chromatic, heat-treated crmo, 27t CRANKS: BT Bikes, 3-piece crmo, 48 spline

FORK: BT Bikes, Divide, 4130 crmo fork RIM: BT Bikes, CX26, double wall, 36h


To make the most of every turn of the three-piece crmo cranks, the Divide hubs feature fully sealed high quality bearings.

FRAME: 4130 full crmo frame, heat treated dropout, removable brake pivots & guides FORK: BT Bikes, full 4130 crmo fork HANDLEBAR: BT Bikes, heat treated 4130 crmo STEM: BT Bike, CNC, front-loading HEADSET: Salt, Pro, int. headset, sealed bearing CRANKSET: BT Bikes, 3pc crmo, 48 spline

CHAINRING: BT Bikes, Chromatic, 27t DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: CASSETTE: 10t driver CHAIN: Saltplus, Warlock, halflink BB: BT Bikes, PF, mid-bb,19mm HUBS: BT Bikes, fully sealed

RIMS: BT Bikes, CX26, double wall, 36h TYRES: BT Bikes, Helix, 45c BRAKES: Tektro, RX6, rear v-brake, front caliper SEAT: BT Bikes, Team - slim SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust SIZES: S, M, L

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Jason Sellers catch up

Working with talented and creative people is always motivating for us, seeing their skills breath life into a project never ceases to amaze. Jason Sellers is a photographer whose work has helped establish, and continues to define the identity of Bombtrack. As we are often asked, “who took those photos?” we thought it was about time we introduced the man behind the lens. Jason Sellers Foto: Simon Hegenberg

There aren’t really that many photographers are really known for being specialist within the bicycle scene, how did you come to be involved? Well, actually shooting bikes is also only a part of my usual work, although it is one of the most important ones. My further focus is on Lifestyle in general, mainly Fashion but also documenting stuff. My urban bike shootings started back in the origin of today’s track bike scene when I was sent around by ZONTRAC to shoot their clothing and accessories in an appropriate urban surrounding. As they enjoyed a good reputation at the core of urban fixed gear I was lucky to get in contact with the main and most known protagonists and who I was able to shoot photos for. Thereby my sphere of action increased immediately, loads of travel and adventures all connected to bicycles. What is the special attraction of shooting within the bicycle scene and are you specialized to a certain segment of cycling? The special appeal for me is documenting not only the moment of a certain race or any event I am attending but also everything that is surrounding it. It’s not only about the so

called “action shot” but also about capturing cycling as a ‘movement’, its people and their characters. For me it’s as much about the life off the bike as it is on it. Very often these are actually the special moments I am looking for, showing those people and their bikes during their preparation or documenting their emotions during and after the race, or event. Are you riding bikes yourself – and if, did you come to cycling through your photography or did you came to shoot by biking? For fours years I am riding far more seriously than I ever did before, not limited to any certain niche but all kind of cycling, depending on the options available at that moment. Retrospectively I’d say I came to shooting bikes by riding myself, although I must confess my riding became far more serious since I had incredible riders and their beautiful bikes in front of my lens. Also I think it is a huge advantage to know through experience those “magic moments” and the emotions that occur during a ride, then you can be sure you’re in the right place to capture it, those situations often lead to the strongest images.

How and when did your cooperation with Bombtrack start? This mainly happened through my work for Zontrac. The brand shared the same central European distributor with Bombtrack. Beside sharing the distribution they also shared one Team rider ,Simon “Gomok” Andraca, who I once had to shoot for Zontrac in Paris. One day before we had to shoot I received a call from Bombtrack to see if I could take some photos for their catalogue too. From then I met Manuel from Bombtrack, and from then on I think he was at every single event I was. We got talking and felt a similar vibe and perspective about cycling and I guess I became the guy doing their main lifestyle shootings So the brand’s start was pretty much the time we first kicked it off. Ever since then, our relationship has grown and we have been continuously working together. Thanks guys for your support and the rad time so far! How does your work for Bombtrack differ from your usual jobs? Well first off Bombtrack leaves me a lot of freedom, which


“It’s not only about the so called “action shot” but also about capturing cycling as a ‘movement’, its people and their characters” Jason caught Stefan ‘Fish‘ Vis, taking a break during the 2014 Transalp

From your website and blog it looks as though you are on the road a fair bit. Is that something you enjoy? As I am based in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt (Germany) the possibilities to get the right shot ‘next-door’ are quiet limited, so it’s actually necessary to travel a lot when it comes to shooting bikes in their environments. I personally welcome my travels a lot as I gives me the possibilities to travel the world and discover various cultures and its people. As cycling is the way to experience a city in its most intensive traits its always great to see that perspective. Even without any bike relation travelling in general is a very important component for a complete life, in my opinion. Which special moments from a trip or photo shoot have been most memorable for you? The most memorable things have to come from the road trips, in particular a 2 week journey we did in a huge motorhome from New York to San Francisco, onboard with seven of the world’s best Fixed-freestyle riders from all over the world. Unfortunately it was also that famous trip when Simon ‘Gomok’ Andraca who was probably Europe’s best rider at the time, did so many roof drops with a wrist that was still recovering from a prior injury, it ended up causing long term damage and he gave up freestyle riding. But like I said, I enjoy being on any kind of trip, with whatever kind of riding it happens to be. I really enjoyed being at the Transalp last year, shooting Stefan “Vis” Fish. That was a real highlight for me, but also traveling to the Red Hook Crit races is turning into a regular thing for me, and I love to be at those events too.

is always nice, making the whole workflow very fun. Where as in a lot of my usual jobs like editorials for magazines, fashion and lifestyle jobs, I have stricter guidelines and less room for own interpretation. Plus I just love shooting cycling related things. It’s a blast, I love bikes, I love being outdoors, you get your share of nature and cityscapes, and you’re mainly dealing with down to earth people. It’s just a pleasant field to work in.

What equipment do you typically shoot with? I am mainly using a digital set up as a working horse – it consists of a Canon 5D mark2 and mark 3, 15mm Fisheye, 24-70mm, 50mm, 70-200mm. For personal stuff and rather arty shots, I like to take analog stuff along too, for example the Pentax K1000 or my Hasselblad 503 CX.

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What made the Dash the ‘go to’ bike for fgfs was its credibility brought about through the BMX heritage in the bloodlines. For 2016 the Dash frame has had the stand over height reduced to give a bit more clearance over the top tube. The frame dropouts have been shortened so that they don’t catch during grinds, and up front the forks have been updated for extra hub guard clearance. The new Vex compound Saltplus grips use a classic lamella pattern in a slightly slimmer diameter for more ‘feel’ and the Stealth nylon/fiberglass pedals provide

Dash

The Dash is where it all began for Bombtrack, with the original bike being released back in 2011. The core of fixed gear freestyle riders are continuing to push the limits and reset the idea of what is possible on a fixed gear bike. With heavy influences from Skate and BMX, riders like Elliott Milner and Matt Reyes continue to astonish with each new edit they release.


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improved grip and a solid base for pedal grinds. Look closely at the seat stays on the Dash and you will notice the mounts for brake pivots. This new feature has been added for those

riders who want to use the Dash in a single speed set up (possible thanks to the fixed/ cassette hub system) with a better braking performance from a U-brake.


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FORK: BT Bikes, full 4130 crmo TIRE: BT Bikes, Helix v2, 2.3“

HEADSET: Salt, Pro, internal, sealed STEM: Salt, Pro, top-loading stem

FRAME: full 4130 crmo, integrated seatclamp, curved seat stay bridge SADDLE: BT Bikes, pivotal fat padded

HUB: BT Bikes, fixed 10t driver. CHAIN: Saltplus, Warlock, halflink


What made the Dash the ‘go to’ bike for fgfs was its credibility brought about through the BMX heritage in the bloodlines.

FRAME: 4130 full crmo frame, heat treated dropout, removable brake pivots & guides FORK: full 4130 crmo fork HANDLEBAR: 4130 crmo, butted, heat-treated STEM: Salt, Pro, top-loading, 50mm reach HEADSET: Salt, Pro, int. headset, sealed bearing CRANKSET: BT Bikes, 3pc crmo, 48 spline

CHAINRING: BT Bikes, Chromatic, 27t DERAILLEURS: SHIFTERS: CASSETTE: 10t fxd driver, cassette driver sold sparately CHAIN: Saltplus, Warlock, halflink BB: BT Bikes, PF, mid-bb,19mm

HUBS: BT Bikes, fully sealed, RIMS: BT Bikes, FR32, double wall, 36h TIRES: BT Bikes, Helix v2, 2.3“ BRAKES: Saltplus, Geo XL, u-brake, SEAT: BT Bikes, pivotal, fat padded SEATPOST: BT Bikes, 620, micro-adjust SIZE: 22.75“ top tube

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G EO METRY REAC H

TT

SCRIPT HT

Size TT (mm) ST (°) SO

ST

S TA C K

HT°

ST°

R

BB

CS

S

M

L

519

547

576

75

74.5

74

HT (mm)

115

145

180

HT (°)

72.5

72.8

73

ST (C-T, mm)

520

540

570

BB (mm)

54

54

54

CS (mm)

397

397

397

R (mm)

45

45

45

T (mm)

58

57

56

WB (mm)

971

987

1011

SO (mm)

762

786

816

Stack (mm)

502

532

566

Reach (mm)

389

399

414

WB T

G r o und

N EED LE Size

AR I S E

S

M

L

TT (mm)

524

560

589

Size TT (mm)

ST (°)

74.5

74

73.5

ST (°)

HT (mm)

105

145

175

HT (mm)

HT (°)

72.8

73

73.2

HT (°)

ST (C-T, mm)

500

530

560

ST (C-T, mm)

H OOK 1 & 2 Size

S

M

L

524

550

576

TT (mm)

74

73.5

73.5

ST (°)

120

143

180

HT (mm)

73

73.2

73.5

HT (°)

510

540

580

ST (C-T, mm)

S

M

L

XL

526

544

562

579

74

74

73.5

73.5

100

128

140

160

71

72

72

72

510

540

560

580

BB (mm)

54

54

54

BB (mm)

55

55

55

BB (mm)

60

60

60

60

CS (mm)

397

397

397

CS (mm)

420

420

420

CS (mm)

425

425

425

425

R (mm)

45

45

45

R (mm)

40

40

40

R (mm)

45

45

45

45

T (mm)

57

56

55

T (mm)

63

62

60

T (mm)

72

65

65

65

WB (mm)

964

994

1016

WB (mm)

989

1007

1030

WB (mm)

1004

1014

1027

1044

SO (mm)

724

790

819

SO (mm)

781

806

843

SO (mm)

778

807

822

840

Stack (mm)

504

543

572

Stack (mm)

538

560

597

Stack (mm)

530

560

572

591

Reach (mm)

385

405

420

Reach (mm)

383

396

411

Reach (mm)

374

384

393

404


G EO METRY

HO O K 3

TEMPEST

Size

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

TT (mm)

510

525

535

545

560

575

75

75

74.5

74

73.5

73

HT (mm)

100

115

125

135

145

HT (°)

70.5

70.5

71

71.5

ST (C-T, mm)

480

500

520

540

BB (mm)

53

53

55

55

57

57

CS (mm)

425

425

425

425

425

425

R (mm)

45

45

45

45

45

45

T (mm)

76

75

71

67

65

62

WB (mm)

1009

1020

1021

1022

1027

1031

SO (mm)

762

779

793

817

823

Stack (mm)

510

524

538

549

562

Reach (mm)

378

385

386

388

393

ST (°)

Size

XS

TT (mm) ST (°) HT (mm) HT (°) ST (C-T, mm)

M

L 577

TT (mm)

538

549

561

ST (°)

73.5

73.5

73.3

73

160

HT (mm)

125

135

145

165

72

72.5

HT (°)

72.5

73

73.3

73.3

560

580

ST (C-T, mm)

490

510

530

550

BB (mm)

72

72

72

72

CS (mm)

407

410

410

410

R (mm)

45

45

45

45

T (mm)

59

56

54

54

WB (mm)

973

982

989

1002

838

SO (mm)

748

763

778

796

578

Stack (mm)

538

550

560

579

398

Reach (mm)

378

386

392

399

A UD A X Size

S

B EY ON D

XS

S

M

L

XL

525

545

560

575

590

Size TT (mm)

74

73

73

72.5

72.5

ST (°)

100

120

135

155

170

HT (mm)

71

71

71

71.5

71.5

HT (°)

490

510

530

550

570

ST (C-T, mm)

S

M

L

XL

555

575

600

625

74

73.5

73

71.5

160

185

210

235

71

72

72

72

475

495

525

550

BB (mm)

72

72

72

72

72

BB (mm)

70

70

70

70

CS (mm)

430

430

430

430

430

CS (mm)

455

455

455

455

R (mm)

45

45

45

45

45

R (mm)

45

45

45

45

T (mm)

69

69

69

66

66

T (mm)

76

70

70

70

WB (mm)

1000

1011

1027

1033

1048

1063

1067

1086

1092

SO (mm)

740

758

775

794

811

SO (mm)

791

813

839

861

Stack (mm)

510

528

543

563

578

Stack (mm)

613

640

664

688

Reach (mm)

378

382

393

396

407

Reach (mm)

379

385

396

396

WB (mm)

93


G EO METRY

O XB R I D GE Size TT (mm)

TR I N I TY

XS

S

M

L

545

550

569

592

ST (°)

74

74

73.5

73

HT (mm)

97

117

135

155

HT (°)

72.5

72.5

73

73

ST (C-T, mm)

523

543

563

583

Size TT (mm) ST (°)

DIVIDE

S

M

L

530

555

579

Size TT (mm)

74

74

74

HT (mm)

110

147

167

ST (°) HT (mm)

HT (°)

71.5

71.5

71.5

HT (°)

ST (C-T, mm)

430

490

520

ST (C-T, mm)

S

M

L

587

605

628

74

74

74

120

130

150

73

73

73

470

510

560

BB (mm)

60

60

60

60

BB (mm)

70

70

70

BB (mm)

45

45

45

CS (mm)

416

416

416

416

CS (mm)

434

434

434

CS (mm)

403

403

403

R (mm)

45

45

45

45

R (mm)

45

45

45

R (mm)

30

30

30

T (mm)

60

60

56

56

T (mm)

65

65

65

T (mm)

76

76

76

WB (mm)

1000

1003

1016

1031

WB (mm)

1015

1032

1059

WB (mm)

1005

1028

1054

SO (mm)

770

791

810

826

SO (mm)

663

683

696

SO (mm)

794

819

582

Stack (mm)

510

528

549

566

Stack (mm)

533

565

584

Stack (mm)

550

561

580

Reach (mm)

398

398

407

418

Reach (mm)

380

391

411

Reach (mm)

422

440

460

D AS H Size TT (mm) ST (°) HT (mm) HT (°) ST (C-T, mm)

578 (22.75") actual C-C 71 120 75 332

BB (mm)

10

CS (mm)

393

R (mm) T (mm)

24 59

WB (mm)

1001

SO (mm)

742

Stack (mm)

496

Reach (mm)

444


D IS T R IB U TO R S AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND Pushie Enterprises Ground Floor, 21 North St Leichhardt NSW 2040 Sydney Australia Phone: +61 (2) 9560 7841 Skype: pushie.enterprises sales@pushie.com.au www.pushie.com.au

DENMARK Sunshine Distribution Esromgade 15 Indgang 3, kld 2200 Copenhagen N Denmark Phone: +45 5355 4130 travis@sunshinedistribution.dk www.sunshinedistribution.dk

CANADA OGC / Outdoor Gear Canada Inc. 10555 Henri-Bourassa O, St-Laurent QC, H4S 1A1 Canada Phone: +1 514 332 1320 info@ogc.ca www.ogc.ca

FRANCE Frenchys Distribution 116 chem Colombier F-69590 Saint Symphorien sur Coise France Phone: +33.(0).4.78.44.55.76 dorian@frenchys-distribution.com www.frenchys-distribution.com

CHINA Ibmx Co NO.1111 KAIXUANBEIRD Shanghai China Phone: +86 18603077911 ibmxco@126.com www.ibmxco.com

GERMANY (and countries not listed) Traffic Distribution GmbH Richard-Byrd-Straße 12 D-50829 Cologne Germany Phone.: 0049-221-500057-21 mail@traffic-distribution.com www.traffic-distribution.com

JAPAN W-LINE distribution 2-2-16 Ozakudai Hamura-shi Tokyo, 2015-0001 Phone: 042-578-8808 info@w-linedistro.com www.w-linedistro.com

SWITZERLAND Amsler & Co. AG Lindenstr. 16 CH 8245 Feuerthalen ZH Switzerland Phone: +41 52 647 36 36 velo@amsler.ch www.amsler.ch

RUSSIA HELLRIDE Distribution 9/3 Kuusinena str. // ground floor Moscow 123308 Phone: +7-499-500-80-20 info@hellride.ru www.hellride.ru

SWITZERLAND (Parts & Accessories) Urban Distribution (Parts & Accessories) Mühlhauserstrasse 100 CH 4056 Basel Switzerland Phone: +41 61 535 61 66 order@urban-distribution.ch www.urban-distribution.ch

SINGAPORE Tiong Hin Trading (Pte) Ltd Block 28, Sin Ming Lane, #04-133, Midview City, Singapore 573972 Phone: +65 6659 09 03 kiangchen@tionghin.com www.tionghin.com SOUTH KOREA Byclipse Distribution 94-12 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea Phone: 82-2-322-2428 // 82-10-2770-4280 byclipse@gmail.com www.byclipse.com

USA North America Cycles, LLC 4013 Brickman Ave. Ames, IA 50010 USA Phone: (631) 816-7986 info@nacycles.com www.NACycles.com

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Bombtrack Bicycle Company | We Make Things GmbH | Richard-Byrd-Str 12 | 50829 Cologne | Germany mail@bombtrack.com | +49-221 5000 57 20 Photos by: Jason Sellers, Bat Howell, J茅r么me Bruley, Marvin Beranek, Mike Schmitt, Carlos Fernandez Laser


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