Saturday, 18 February 2017

Tech Talk: Sonder Broken Road

Sonder Broken Road

Sonder bikes its brand from Alpkit, a UK direct sales outdoors company that has recently ventured into the cycling world. Working with Brant Richards, who had designed bikes for On-One, Planet-X, and Ragley, among others, Alpkit built the Sonder bike brand around a few new bikes designed to “Go Nice Places & Do Good Things”.

There are six bikes in the range and all are aimed at the adventurous traveller. There’s this, the titanium Broken Road with an impressive frame-only price tag of £799. While the name conjures up images of trendy gravel bikes, the Broken Road is a bone fide trail hardtail, with adjustable dropouts and generous tyre clearance that allows for the use of 27.5in, 27.5 Plus, or 29in wheels. The frame is available in four standard sizes, from small to extra large,

Rocker style dropout

The Broken Road frame itself is welded from 3/2.5 titanium tubing, and also uses a flattened toptube for added comfort while maintains lateral stiffness. It uses an adjustable, rocker-style drop out that lets you set the bike up as either a conventionally geared ride, or with a singlespeed or internal geared hub. It also gets external routing, a machined chainstay yoke for short stays and big tire clearance, a threaded BB, and long, slack geometry, but adds in a wealth of extra bottle braze-ons for the long tours. 

Sonder Broken Road with Ti fork

A titanium fork option pairs well for a comfortable ride, able to handle any terrain. It is also designed to handle various wheel standards, including the ability to run a true fat bike front wheel/tire combo for rolling over the loosest surfaces imaginable. Plus, you can always swap in a short travel suspension fork to eat up even rougher trails. Both frame and fork use thru-axles to keep the bike tracking true, sticking with 100&142 spacing.


Ride On!

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