Bike lovers rarely have just one bike, we all know the amount of bikes you can own is N+1 (N = the number of bikes currently owned) but what if you could have one bike that could do it all? Hm..., yes you'll probably still have more than one bike and this is simply because we love bikes. We love the occasion of riding, the joy and satisfaction from each and every ride. We love having bikes to 'tinker' with, to compete on, to travel with, and of course that long term project bike.
From the moment we started Bombtrack we said we would stick to one fundamental rule, to only make bikes we would love to own and ride, and that's still the case today.
Check out the range of 2017 Bombtrack Bikes here!
In 2012 the German couple Franzi and Jona (“Tales on Tyres”) quit their jobs and went for a global hiking tour starting in New Zealand before crossing to India and Nepal. Soon they got tired of walking, organised some bikes and continued on two wheels through Iran and Mongolia. After working in Canada for a year to replenish their funds, they started their current trip zig-zagging from Alaska to Patagonia. After completing “The Great Divide” they realised the bikes they were using couldn’t withstand the conditions they were encountering – and that’s how we came on board. We met up with Franzi and Jona in the Sierra Nevada in September last year and provided them 2 of our Beyond+ bikes. After getting them loaded up Franzi and Jona headed south, to take on the “Baja Divide”.
The word ‘epic’ is often over used, but when it comes from our friend Marc Maurer, who last year rode from Cologne to the Black Sea and decided rather than to fly home, he’d just turn around and ride back…we had to pay attention. Marc’s journey was fully justified as ‘epic’ he left in May 2015 headed for Istanbul, Turkey and the Caucasus mountains. His journey was a total of 5600km, passing through culturally rich regions of Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and finally Iran. Along the way he visited many stunning locations across the Caucasus, keep your eyes on this channel for future photos and videoclips.
Marc was traveling alone for the most part, but occasionally met up with friends for certain stretches of the journey. His daily companion was our prototype ‘Beyond’, a bike built and designed to be capable for virtually any adventure you have in mind. On road or off it, the Beyond uses a geometry that ensures a stable and solid feeling no matter how loaded the bike is. Marc was carrying everything he needed with him thanks to a set of bike bags and rear pannier bags. In addition to the luggage, Marc has made a few other adjustments to the bike for his trip, with a TT bar, dyno hub and his trusty Flite saddle.
Below is a visual reflection on this incredible adventure, documents with images, words and also in an upcoming short film. So be sure to stay tuned to our social media for news on its release.