Tout Terrain Frames, Bicycles,
Boulevard (Trapez) Ladies frames are on close-out sale.
Black Boulevard (Trapez) Ladies frame and fork for internal hub: $770.00 (Medium & Large only)
The new Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub is now available. Also, we have the Schmidt SL hub and fork system.
The Silkroad Xplore frames and Metropolitan Xplore frames with 18 speed Pinion Drive are now in stock.
Silkroad Frame & Fork, or Complete Bicycle
The Silkroad features a frame with integrated rear rack for the best possible combination of low weight and high strength.
The Silkroad is offered in versions for the internally geared Rohloff hub, similar hub like the Shimano Alfine, or for the new 18 speed Pinion transmission. See this page for all the details.
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All Tout Terrain frames come with their innovative "Handlebar Stop". This device works in conjunction with a brazed on block on each side of the head tube. The stop clamps to the steerer tube and prevents the handlebar from turning more than ninety degrees in either direction, protecting the frame from damage, as well as any light mounted at the fork crown. This photo of the Handlebar Stop is of a prototype. The production part is anodized black.
The Silkroad is designed for Rohloff and Shimano Alfine rear hubs. But there's another way to have internal gearing on a bike. The Pinion system gives you 18 speeds in a transmision incorporated into the crankset. It requires a purpose-built frame, so it's a big commitment. But the Pinion transmission is very smooth. I like it a lot. We stock these in Medium and Large. Frame geometry is the same as the regular Silkroad. I can special order the Xplore in the Small size. That can cost a bit more if it has to ship from Germany individually. The Silkroad Xplore with 18 speed Pinion drive and cranks is sold with a Tout Terrain Blade SL fork, which works with the Schmidt SL dynamo hub, eliminating the need to connect and disconnect wires when installing or removing the front wheel. Choose from 165mm, 170mm and 175mm crank lengths.
Silkroad Xplore frame, 18 speed Pinion drive, cranks and Blade SL fork, Green, Price: $ 4,770.00
Tout Terrain also makes the Tanami Xplore, which uses 700c wheels and takes 2" tires. We can order this for those who need the Extra Large size. All other specs are the same.
Don't Like Rotary Shifters?
Where's the brake lever? Don't worry, this works with brake levers. ;-) This is the new Cinq shifter for Rohloff, made by Tout Terrain. Actually it's half of the pair. One side is for upshifts, the other side is for downshifts. So you get two levers, one for each side. You can decide which side is upshift and which is downshift. 22mm clamp for upright handlebars. Tout Terrain Cinq external shiftbox included.
Tout Terrain Cinq shifters for upright h-bar, Part #, TOU849-720-011, Price: $ 360.00
Using Rohloff with Drop Bars
We now have the best solution for using the Rohloff 14 speed hub with drop handlebars.
Same mechanism as the version for upright bars, but with 31.8mm clamp. These mount on each side of the stem. You decide whether you downshift on the right or on the left. Tout Terrain Cinq external shiftbox included.
Tout Terrain Cinq shifters for drop h-bar, Part #, TOU849-710-011, Price: $ 360.00
External Shiftbox for Cinq Shifters
The Cinq shifters require a different interface with the Rohloff hub than the External Shiftbox Rohloff provides. So this replaces the Rohloff External Shift Box. It's included with the shifters. It's shown here on a Silkroad frame.
The top tube slopes downward to the rear. So these standover dimensions are approximate.
The front disc size is 180mm, rear is 160mm.
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We need to use the female half of a double chainring bolt set, and the male half of a triple bolt set to make this work. Then the bolts are long enough to pass through the crank spider, two chainrings, and the 4mm spacer. For most riders, a 40 tooth chainring works well with the stock 16 tooth cog that ships with the Rohloff.
Here's a Silkroad fitted with the new 60mm Berthoud stainless steel fenders. These are more expensive than the SKS fenders, but they have more coverage and will last longer with hard use.
I like to ship new bikes with the steerer tube left extra long. This allows the customer to try the bike and experiment with different handlebar heights easily. Once the ideal handlebar height is determined, the customer can bring the bike to his local bike shop to have the steerer cut. Or, ship just the fork back to us and we'll do it at no charge. Forks with threadless steerers can be removed from the frame quite easily, especially when using a headset with sealed bearings like the Chris King.
Same bike showing the leather mud flaps made by Gilles Berthoud.
We not only have the Rohloff 14 speed hub, we also have the Shimano Alfine 8 speed and 11 speed hubs. For a comparison of the gearing available from these three hubs, please download this PDF file, provided by Tout Terrain.
Think of the Boulevard frame as a slightly heavier (about 6 ounces) and less expensive Silkroad, ideal for commuting. Instead of stainless steel tubing in the incorporated rear rack and dropouts, chrome-moly is used. But you get the same high quality construction in the Boulevard frame as the Silkroad. You lose the third water bottle cage under the downtube, since this frame is designed for commuting. The geometry is the same as the Silkroad. The Boulevard is also available for derailleur shifting, as well as for internal rear hub shifting. For city use, the Shimano eight speed Nexus hub is ideal.
Here's a Boulevard frame in Cream set up for city commuting. The components shown are specific to the European version, with different lights and cranks, but this gives you an idea of what's possible. Notice that the rear rack is missing the lower horizontal bar for lowered positioning of loaded panniers. This saves a bit of expense building the frame, and the slightly higher center of mass when loaded shouldn't be an issue during a commute, as opposed to an all day ride while on an extended tour.
The Boulevard has the same handlebar stop as the Silkroad. This prevents the handlebar from turning more than 90 degrees to the side, protecting your headlight and all the cabling. Like the Silkroad, the Boulevard is only set up for disc brakes, either mechanical or hydraulic. Our current stock of Boulevard frames for internally geared hubs use the same fork as the Silkroad. our most recent shipment of boulevard frames are designed for derailleurs, and have a slightly less expensive fork having the same large diameter fork blade on each side. This adds a tiny bit of weight but saves quite a bit of money, so the derailleur version of the Boulevard is less expensive. The frame and fork is sized so that those riders preferring a suspension fork can use one, without adversely changing the frame geometry.
The Boulevard frame has been discontinued by Tout Terrain in favor of the Metropolitan which uses a belt drive rather than chain. The "mens" style frames are now sold out, but we have a few of the "Ladies" style left.
Boulevard "Trapez" ladies style frame and fork, Black, including Handlebar Stop and seat post collar: Was $980.00, now $770.00
Available now, the new Metropolitan. Think of it as a Boulevard, but instead of a chain drive, it has a belt drive. The new belt drive is significantly more durable than a chain drive, and there's no need for lubricant. So it's one step closer to the perfect maintenance free bicycle, ideal for the all weather commuting cyclist. It's designed for 26" wheels and big tires. You could have it with 700x32 tires, but for a commuting bike, I don't see the point. Large tires are great when you're forced into a pothole while riding in traffic. Disc brakes only of course. This is the ultimate no compromise commuting bicycle. You can choose between Shimano Alfine 8 speed or 11 speed hubs or the Rohloff 14 speed hub. The frame is designed for use with dynamo lights powered either by the Schmidt SON28S, SONdelux Disc or a Shimano Alfine hub dynamo. The integrated rear rack will accept a dynamo powered taillight and the wire runs through the rack, just as on the Silkroad and Boulevard.
Also available is the Schmidt SONdelux SL hub and fork system, which eliminates the need to connect and disconnect wires to the dynamo hub when installing or removing the front wheel. See the details here.
We are not convinced that the belt drive is suitable for expedition type touring. In the unlikely event that the carbon fiber belt is damaged, failure of the belt is complete. Unlike a damaged chain which can often be repaired, the belt, once broken, cannot be fixed. It's a minor inconvenience to be stranded five miles from home or work while commuting; it's a disaster to have a belt fail a thousand miles from home. So for the time being, Tout Terrain is only recommending the belt drive for commuting purposes, not expedition touring. We have no plans for a Silkroad with belt drive.
The Metropolitan is now available for purchase. More info and photos are on the Metropolitan page.
Coming in June 2014, the Metropolitan Xplore with 18 speed Pimion drive. Stay tuned!
The Plug conerts the A.C. output of your hub dynamo to D.C. to charge the battery on your Garmin GPS or iPhone. Click here for more details.
Can your trailer do this?
The Mule is a wonderful trailer for off road touring. Designed to carry up to 35kg - 77lbs of stuff, without adversely affecting the handling of your bike, even over rough terrain. 160mm of suspension travel makes it easy to pull your stuff over just about anything a sane person would ride a bike over.
The Mule, Part # TOUMLT, Price: $ 800.00
The Sherpa pack and support let you take your backpack with you on a ride, without having to wear it during the ride. Put the pack on its support while riding, then wear the pack at your destination. You can also keep a hydration sack inside the Sherpa pack.
Sherpa Pack $ 156.50
The Sherpa support rack clamps to your seatpost. There are several sizes of inserts so one support can fit most seatposts.
Sherpa Support Rack $ 146.00
The Sherpa Pack rests on the support, and a fabric pocket slides over the vertical section of the support, keeping the pack securely on the support.
The straps lock the pack onto the support frame.
Peter White Cycles is the US and Canadian importer for Tout Terrain. You can buy Tout Terrain products directly from us. Or, your local shop can get them for you from us. We ship to any bicycle shop in the US and Canada.
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This page updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
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