The Silkroad Xplore is a touring bike for all conditions. With either the Pinion P1.18 or the P1.12 gearbox integrated into the frame and the option of conventional chain or Gates Carbondrive CDX belt drive, this is a bike that is able to take anything you want to throw at it.
The Pinion transmission was developed by designers who had previously been active in the transmission center for Porsche. With up to 18 gears it delivers a huge gear spectrum with a very good range of gear ratios, and is perfect for long-distance touring.
The central positioning of the transmission provides a well balanced bike and therefore improves handling over heavy gear hubs.
With the Silver level specification you get the P1.12 which has 12 evenly-spaced gears with a range of a 600% and even steps of 17.7%. The Gold level is equipped with the P1.18 which has 18 evenly-spaced gears with a range of a 636% and steps of 11.5% The Pinion gearbox is weather sealed and virtually maintenance free as all the parts run in an oil bath; Pinion recommend changing the oil once a year or every 10 000km. In use the changes are almost instantaneous, shifting through multiple gears takes no time at all and it is very tolerant of shifting under load, with no intermediate neutral gears. A standard single speed cassette rear hub makes for a robust rear wheel. New for 2015, the frame incorporates Tout Terrains innovative TBA system which tensions the transmission from the gearbox end and enables the use of a belt drive.
The Silkroad Xplores frame is made from lightweight and durable CrMo steel (Dedacciai) with an stainless steel rack with a load bearing capacity of 40 kg. The dropouts and all of the braze-ons are made from rust-proof stainless steel and the frame is then powder coated in Tout Terrains own facility to maximise corrosion resistance. Available in four very civilised colours or you can choose from any of two Terrains stock colours for extra charge.
Winner of the Eurobike GOLD award 2012
What the jury had to say: “A comfortable traveling bike equipped with a wide range of high-quality features. The transmission is completely enclosed, making it low maintenance. The central, low mounting position of the transmission increases stability with a low center of gravity. A travel bike that leaves nothing more to be desired!”