Sven Cycles are no strangers to the Rohloff hub gears or to gravel bikes for that matter. The new Explorer combines the Rohloff Speedhub with tweaked geometry from their gravel grinder, the Pathfinder to create a versatile adventure bike.
Creating hand built steel beauties in their Dorset workshop since 2012, the guys at Sven Cycles are no strangers to custom builds, semi-custom build and tweaking designs to make them absolutely perfect. The Rohloff Explorer is a case of such an evolution of the Pathfinder, their original adventure bike.
The Pathfinder was built to be a 'go everywhere' machine, made to be laden with luggage, taking the rider where ever their heart desires in the pursuit of adventure. The Rohloff Explorer is no different but this time Sven Cycles have altered the geometry a little to make the bike more stable and work better with the flat bars fitted as opposed to the drops seen on the Pathfinder. The top tube and rear chain stays have been made longer and you can also fit wider tyres in the Rohloff Explorer, up to a maximum of 2.4" on 650B wheels rather than the 2.2" on the Pathfinder.
As with the Pathfinder the Reynolds 921 is left unpainted and due to the very high chrome content being very resistant to corrosion. Elsewhere the frame and fork features a full complement of water bottle bosses and rack fittings as standard.
- Reynolds 921 Bespoke Tube Set / Frame and Forks 142 -12mm rear and 100-12mm front (£1700 frameset)
- Rohloff Rear Hub (bikes can be built with a derailleur on request)
- DT Swiss rims
- Hope Pro 4 front hub 12mm thru axel
- Front SP Dyno hub option and Usb Charger (+ £280)
- Hope head set / seat clamp
- Thompson Seat Post / Stem
- Jones Bar
- Shwable Nobby Nick tyres
- Brooks B17 All Weather saddle
- TRP Spyke Brakes
Thinking this is the adventure bike for you? It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for a frame to be made and sent to you from Weymouth, Dorset. The first two Explorer bikes have gone straight out to New Zealand to a couple bikepacking their way round the land of the long white cloud, to check out what they are up to take a look at their Instagram here.
For more information take a look at the Sven Cycles website in the next 24 hours or so when more details of the new bike will be published.