A touring bike by definition, is designed to handle bicycle touring. To make the bikes sufficiently robust, comfortable and capable of carrying heavy loads, special features may include a long wheelbase (for comfort and to avoid pedal-to-luggage conflicts), frame materials that favor flexibility over rigidity (for comfort), heavy duty wheels (for load capacity), and multiple mounting points (for racks, fenders, etc.).
These features can also make for a really good heavy duty commuter option or even with the more comfortable geometries work well for longer ‘fondo’ style rides.
2017 MASI GIRAMONDO 27.5/650
Same great double butted chromoly frame and fork combo as last year, this year they have offered this model with the 650b/27.5 Inch wheel size, great for adventure touring, bike packing and exploring the beaten path, fire roads or wherever you need to go.
This year sees the return of the WTB Dirt Cross handlebars and a taller stem to give that front wheel even more of a lift. 3×10 Shimano Deore cranks and derailleurs, all the rack and fender options you could need.
2017 MASI GIRAMONDO 700c.
Same great double butted chromoly frame and fork combo as last year, this is the more traditional 700c wheel size option (will still take a 650/27.5 wheel) great for regular touring, adventure touring, bike packing and comes with 700x40c tires so you can even explore the path less traveled!
This model comes with the more traditional handlebar and stem set up. 3×10 Shimano Deore cranks and derailleurs, all the rack and fender options you could need.
2017 MASI RANDONNEUR 650b
2017, the year of the 650b wheel size for many of the road bikes out there. We’ve grouped this one with our Touring Bikes as it is one of the more versatile offerings.
Double Butted Chromoly Frame and curved blade Fork, 10 speed Tiagra shifters, derailleurs and cranks. 650b wheel size (can run 700c) and even comes with fenders! Has front and rear rack mounts. A great bike for Randonneuring (light touring) commuting or getting out on longer more leisurely rides!
2016 MASI GIRAMONDO,
New model for 2016 with many more options that a traditional touring bike, “adventure touring” style. HUGE tire clearance, MORE mounts and hopefully MORE FUN!
Still great for regular tours, just has the more versatility for hitting up the fireroads and getting off the beaten bath.
Double Butted Chromoly Frame, Deore 10 speed cranks and derailleurs, 40c tires, integrated headset.
2016 BRODIE ARGUS 2.0
Argus 2.0 gets a beautiful colour matched metal fender set, as well a tubular rack. Barcons open your bars to front racks and porteur bags, and keep the shifting simple and reliable. Disc brakes mean you can keep rolling (and stopping!) through the intermittent weather on your commute, or to your next destination should a wayward pothole take advantage of your rim.