When our customers have asked for a "classic steel touring bike", and wanted something American-made, the choices were somewhat limited. Now Co-Motion has added an excellent new model with plenty of value.
The Descheutes brings stable handling and rugged construction for rides across town or across the country. Double-butted cro-moly steel tubing gives the Deschutes a light, springy feel over rough and choppy pavement. The long wheelbase and relaxed frame geometry adds a stable handling quality, especially when tackling broken pavement, gravel trails and fire roads. The Deschutes boasts rack mounts, fender mounts and three (yes, three) bottle mounts for expedition-level touring. If you're into old-school full-length frame pumps, there's a pump peg at the back of the head tube. There's even a kickstand mounting plate doubling as a seat stay bridge. The cro-moly unicrown fork also features eyelets for fenders and front low-rider racks, improving carrying capacity and weight distribution when front panniers are used. An upright fit allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable on multi-day trips. Five stock sizes give plenty of riders an excellent overall fit.
The drivetrain of the Deschutes brings a massive gearing range to the table, pairing an FSA Omega 46/30T crankset and an 11-40T cassette for loaded touring. Yes, that's a very low 30T chainring and 40T cassette low gear for those 15+% grades and fully loaded panniers. TRP Spyre cable-operated disc brakes with 160mm rotors boast plenty of stopping power, even in wet and rainy conditions. Loaded touring requires stong wheels, and the Deschutes' handbuilt alloy Alex ATD 490 rims are more than up to the task. 700x32c Continental Ultrasport tires add low rolling resistance and a comfortable ride, but even wider rubber can be added for rough gravel and jeep double-track roads. An FSA Gossamer stem, Omega Compact handlebar, 31.6 alloy seatpost and Selle Italia XR Flow saddle completes the cockpit of this outstanding handcrafted beauty.
Long distance tours that last for weeks or even months on end require an exceptional bicycle. When the roads aren't even roads, the bike needs to be ready for anything! The Trek 520 Grando is that bike.
A purpose-built touring machine will make every mile (paved or unpaved) easier when loaded down with a tent, panniers, sleeping bag, and food for two weeks. The frame needs to be strong and stable, while the drivetrain should be ready for day-long hilly excursions. With all that extra cargo you'll probably have on board, disc brakes are practically required to help reign in speed on steep descents. Trek has been building touring bicycles since the 80's, ensuring that it is one of the most refined dedicated touring machines of the last 30 years.
Butted cro-moly steel is an excellent choice for a touring bicycle's frame. Durability and ride quality is needed for every mile, and the 520 Grando's frame has it covered. The bike can carry up to 275 pounds of total weight (rider+cargo+ total weight of bicycle), making it more than ready for a rider who packs two of everything. Mounts for, well, everything are found throughout the 520 Grando's frame, including bottle cages, front and rear racks, fenders and even a pump peg at the back of the head tube for a full-length frame pump. Tire clearance is generous, allowing tires up to a 29x2.0" for a comfortable ride on rough and unpaved trails. An alloy fork with disc brake caliper mounts and low-rider rack eyelets is equally up to the task. The front rack shown in the photos is included. Cool, huh?
When tackling multi-hour rides with a heavy load, the 520 Grando has your back with a wide gearing range and fingertip Shimano shifting. 10-speed Shimano Tiagra shifters operate a Shimano GRX rear derailleur and Tiagra front derailleur, ensuring precise shifts and long service life. The GRX derailleur has a clutch that helps prevent dropped chains while traversing washboard surfaces and railway crossings. The 520 Grando's 42/28T alloy crankset and 11-36T Shimano cassette boast a huge gearing range for challenging steep inclines on a fully loaded tour.
With all that is expected of it, the 520 Grando's Bontrager Affinity Disc wheels are up to the job. 36 spokes per wheel ensure durability as well as a smooth ride quality. They're tubeless-ready, and are shod with 700x40c Bontrager GR1 Expert gravel-ready tires. TRP Spyre cable-operated disc brakes bring excellent stopping power to the party.
Bontrager also supplies the Arvada saddle, alloy seatpost, Elite alloy stem and alloy Comp VR-C handlebars to complete this expedition-ready steed.