Earmarked as the Land Rover Defender of the bike world, the Bombtrack Beyond sets out to be hardworking, dependable in a crisis and more importantly able to pull like a train over any terrain.
We recently took delivery of this Bombtrack Beyond, a bike which last year proved itself when it took Marc Maurer over the 5600Km from Istanbul to Tehran. The bike ridden by Marc in 2015 was a prototype Beyond so, with much of the influence for the design of this bike coming from this partnership, you can be assured that this will be one dependable adventure expert.
We've got a medium sized Bombtrack in for test which sizes up with a 575mm top tube, a 495mm seat tube, a 71 degree head angle and a 73.5 degree seat angle. Chainstays are a nice and lengthy 455mm and the bars fitted on this size of bike are 440mm width.
The Bombtrack will retail at €1,899,99 (UK prices coming soon) and for that price you'll get the the Columbus steel frame with tubes carefully selected to be the strongest and lightest possible with the job in hand in mind. The frame and forks offer three cage mounts, mounts for two racks and also for fenders front and rear, as we well know, a wet bottom is not a happy bottom.
With all your gear and five bottles (yes five) securely mounted the Bombtrack aims to take you boldly and reliably wherever you wish to go. It'll do that using a SRAM 2 x 10 drivetrain with 42/28T chainrings at the front and an 11-36T cassette. Slowing down is done courtesy of TRP Spyre C mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors.
Wheel wise this explorer runs on 29er WTB rims matched to BT Bikes hubs and using WTB tyres. The tyre of choice is the 2.1" WTB Nano, a tyre that WTB say is ideal for taking on the Tour Divide - the massive 2745mile route along the Canadian Rockies to Mexico due to its fast rolling nature.
Up front the bars are specially flared which offers more hand positions, helping the shoulders and upper body stay relaxed for hours in the saddle.
Our medium bike weighs 28.8lbs (13.1kg) without pedals and with just the front rack installed as you see in the photos here. Bombtrack are just about to release their 2018 bikes of which only the colour has changed, making our test of this 2017 bike still entirely relevant. We've sent this bike out to one of our more adventurous members of the test team to really put it though its paces.
Make sure you click through the gallery at the top of the page for more photos. Check back here for a reveiw soon, for more details on the bike go to www.bombtrack.com