A regular touring bike just won't cut it. You're planning something far more ambitious. A round-the-world ride. A transcontinental trek. An open-ended bicycle-mounted wander. You need a special grade of touring bicycle – one that'll fit you perfectly, tackle everything, and last forever.
The bikes were conceived and designed by a seasoned world cycle traveller on a mission to create the ultimate world touring bike. Each one that leaves our workshop has been individually custom-built to be the best possible touring bike for your journey, wherever in the world you're going.
You're going to live on your bike. So we don't force all our choices upon you. We'll get you in, size you up, listen to your plans. You'll try out as many saddles, handlebars and riding positions as you need to until you feel comfortable. Then we'll build you a bike like no other.
You'll want to ride as far as possible before your bike needs attention. So we've done our research. We've spent years on the road. We've consulted hundreds of cyclists. Then we've selected each part for its proven durability – right down to the smallest bolt.
We won't waste your money on pricey, short-lived 'upgrades'. Our expedition bike is built upon established technologies and parts that'll be replaceable wherever you are in the world. If we've done our job well, it'll be the last touring bike you'll ever need.
How do we know what your priorities are going to be? Simple. We've been there ourselves.
Bike designer Tom Allen cycled tens of thousands of miles on 5 continents through the most extreme of environments. Then he designed us the bike he'd choose to do it all over again. His meticulously thought-out specification incorporates not only his own hard-earned lessons but those of the hundreds of other cyclists he's consulted during 8 years of running the popular cycle touring website TomsBikeTrip.com.
Bicycle builder Richard Delacour is the founder of Oxford Bike Works, an independent bicycle building company putting hundreds of individually-shaped riders on individually-built bikes – happy customers now touring the globe. Richard teamed up with Tom to prototype, test and finally launch this world touring bike in the UK, hand-building each bike to the exact specifications of the person most qualified to make the final call – you.
When it comes to understanding and serving your needs, then, we'd like to think we're pretty well placed.
Our bike outclasses almost every other tourer in satisfying the specific needs of long-term, world-ranging, fully-loaded bicycle travellers. From the overall vision to the tiniest details, we've been obscenely pedantic in our choices – yet we also know where the final word should be yours.
Click on each image below to read more about the details of our expedition bike.
Our standard build specification includes everything you'll need for a full-on expedition across the globe. But if there's anything you want to add or change, all you have to do is ask. That's the beauty of a custom-built touring bike: it'll truly be your own.
We recommend flat or riser bars for a balance of comfort and efficiency. But if you're set on dropped handlebars, butterfly bars, or anything else you've got your eye on, we'll adapt our build to incorporate them. It's what we do.
Our bike comes with a durable 8-speed Shimano drivetrain for minimal maintenance and maximum part compatibility. But if you're sold on a Rohloff Speedhub, or want to up the gearing to a 9- or 10-speed setup, that's not a problem.
We're big fans of keeping things simple. But we know you might want to use that pedalling to power your mobile devices. And because each wheel is built to order, all it takes is a nod to get a dynamo hub fitted and keep you juiced up.
These are just a few of the possibilities. We'll happily tell you what we think is best (and why), but at the end of the day, we're here to give you precisely what you ask for.
This is our base specification, as designed by veteran bicycle traveller Tom Allen. It's what we'd recommend to anyone planning a global cycling adventure. But remember – this is your bike, so you can change anything you want. (Or you can simply let us do what we do best: build you a touring bike to last a lifetime.)
|Frame:||Oxford Bike Works 26” cromoly touring/expedition frame (Reynolds 525)|
|Forks:||Oxford Bike Works cromoly touring forks|
|Colour:||Choice of blue or red (custom colour on request)|
|Headset:||Chris King NoThreadSet 1 1/8”, black|
|Rear Mech:||Shimano Deore RD-M591, top normal, long cage, black|
|Front Mech:||Shimano Deore FD-M590, dual pull, low clamp, black|
|Cassette:||Shimano CS-HG41-8ao, 11-34T, 8-speed|
|Shifter Levers:||Shimano Ultegra SL-BS64, friction front, 8sp indexed/friction rear|
|Shifter Mounts:||Oxford Bike Works custom-assembled shifter mounts|
|Chainset:||Shimano FC-T3010, 170-175mm, 22-32-44T|
|Bottom Bracket:||Shimano UN55, 68mm, English thread|
|Chain:||KMC X8.99 8-speed|
|Rims:||Rigida Sputnik 26” (559), 36H, silver, Schrader valve|
|Front Hub:||Shimano Deore LX HB-T670-S, 36H, silver|
|Rear Freehub:||Shimano Deore LX FH-T670-S, 36H, silver|
|Spokes:||Sapim Race double butted (front, rear non-driveside), Sapim Strong PG (rear driveside)|
|Rim Tape:||Velox 13mm cloth|
|Skewers:||Allen key non-QR|
|Tyres:||Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26x1.75” with SmartGuard (alternatives available)|
|Innertubes:||Schwalbe AV12, 26”, Schrader valve|
|Brake Levers:||Shimano Alivio BL-T4000, silver|
|Brake Calipers:||Shimano Deore BR-T610-L, black|
|Brake Shoes:||Shimano S70C with cartridge shoe inserts (re-order code Y-8A2 98030)|
|Pedals:||Shimano PD-M324, combination SPD/flat (alternatives available)|
|Saddle:||Various (custom fitted)|
|Seatpost:||Humpert Patent 27.2|
|Handlebars:||Ergotec 56-70cm (alternatives available)|
|Stem:||Deda 60-130mm (alternatives available)|
|Grips:||Ergon GP1 BioKork lock-on, standard, large (alternatives available)|
|Bar-Ends:||Oxford Bike Works rubberised anatomical bar-ends (alternatives available)|
|Rear Carrier Rack:||Tubus Cargo Evo|
|Front Lowrider:||Tubus Tara|
|Mudguards:||Flinger Black, 26x1.5-2.2”, with rubber mudflaps|
|Extras:||Marine-grade stainless steel bolt replacements, System EX steerer-tube bell, spares package|
Individually-tailored custom build to the heavy-duty expedition specification above
In-person consultation and fitting session at our Oxfordshire workshop
Choice of three standard colours, with more on request
Huge variety of handlebars, stems and saddles to nail the perfect fit
Option to specify your own components and add-ons for any aspect of the build
Free delivery of the completed bicycle to the address of your choosing
Free workshop-based bike check-up before your tour begins
12 month fit guarantee; swap your saddle, stem or handlebars for a better-fitting alternative
10 year frame & fork guarantee against breakage due to defective workmanship