12 Bikepacking Bikes

25. January 2022

Is Bikepacking the new bike touring?

Bike touring, bikepacking, adventure biking – the differences of the mentioned bike categories are fine. It is not up to us, as a manufacturer of high-quality drive trains, to define the limits of the individual areas of application. We know only one thing: Cycling is the trend! The desire to set off with little luggage, discover nature and push the limits is greater than ever before. It’s a good thing that our gearboxes are ready for any adventure – and so are many manufacturers!
In our article we present 12 Bikepacking bikes with Pinion transmission!

Co-Motion Divide, 🇺🇸

The US-American touring bike manufacturer Co-Motion offers several Pinion models, all of which are available as modular systems. In other words, the customer puts together his dream bike to suit his individual needs. Shown here is the Divide model – frame and fork are designed for the highest loads and are welded from butted Reynolds 725 tubes. Disc brakes, three bottle holders and luggage rack eyelets front and rear leave nothing to be desired. Practical: Co-Motion offers the so-called Co-Pilot option for the frame. This allows the frame to be separated into two or three parts without loss of any riding stability.

Photo credit: Co-Motion I Geoff´s Bike & Ski Shop


Corvid Cycles Sojourner, 🇺🇸

The Corvid Cycles Sojourner is a custom titanium dirt-touring rig, with Gates/Pinion drivetrain, a unique titanium rear rack, U.S.-made Astral/Onyx wheels, and an original titanium touring handlebar. In 2019 the bike was introduced at the NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycyle Show) and caused quite a stir. An interview with frame builder Chad Corbin can be found on Bikepacking.com.

Photo credit: Logan Watts I bikepacking.com


Nicolai Argon CX Pinion 🇩🇪

The concept of the Nicolai Argon CX Pinion is called “a bike for everything” – a bike with which you can commute to work every day, do your after-work lap, but also set off for an overnighter or a bikepacking tour lasting several days. The handmade (and custom-made frame on request) frame is made of 7020-T6 aluminium. The bike is equipped with Pinion C1.12 transmission and Gates belt drive, DS2 rotary shifter, disc brakes and Supernova lighting. There are numerous configuration options available for this model!



Solace Cycles OM-1P 🇺🇸

It could hardly be more individual! The US frame builder Solace Cycles offers a choice of titanium, aluminium or steel as frame material. The whole thing is of course made to measure. Here we show a titanium model. The frame OM-1P from Solace Cycles is compatible with 27,5 x 3.0″ as well as with 29 x 2.6″ tires. The frame features numerous braze-ons for cages, cargo, and bags, including three-pack cargo cage mounts on both seat stays. The geometry of the OM-1P is close to that of the more trail-oriented OM-1, but slightly more upright for long-distance tours and cruising trails.

Photo credit: bikepacking.com


Velotraum Finder, 🇩🇪

The Finder from German manufacturer Velotraum is an unconventional and multi-faceted mixture of adventure and commercial bike. With that bike you can master such legendary off-road routes as the 4,600-kilometer “Great Divide” or just commuting to work and of course just about everything in between.

Photo credit: Gunnar Fehlau I pd-f


Tout Terrain Outback Xplore,


The Outback is the all-purpose bike from Tout Terrain and ready for any adventure. The pictures show its versatility. The upper picture shows a setup as a 29er mountain bike. On the lower picture a dropbar is mounted. The DS2 rotary shifter is used for shifting gears, but in the meantime it is also possible to shift with the Cinq Shift:R.
Find out on Pinion Stories how the bike performs on the Transatlas Mountain Race, a 7-day self-supported race in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco!


Photo credit: 1) Kyle Hughes I bikepacking.com 2) Der Radladen, Mannheim


Nua Bikes La Bestia, 🇪🇸

The La Bestia from the Spanish manufacturer Nua Bikes is the perfect hybrid between a crosser, a gravel bike and a plus-size mountain bike. With great attention to detail, the bikes are designed in Barcelona according to the customer’s wishes and made to measure from titanium. Learn more about Nua Bikes and the different Pinion models on our newsblog.

Photo credit: Nua Bikes


Santos 4.29, 🇳🇱

Santos describes the model 4.29 as a multifunctional adventure bike. The lightweight aluminium frame is built with 29″ wheels. Strong disc brakes and the low-maintenance Pinion/Gates drive make it “bikepacking”-ready. Santos offers the bike completely as a modular system, so you can have it assembled according to your individual wishes.

Photo credit: Linda Devisch


Veloheld Lane, 🇩🇪

German manufacturer Veloheld has specialised in high-quality bikes made of steel. Based on the basic specification, there are also numerous options and many colours to choose from. The bike shown below is a custom-built model from our Pinion Premium Partner Meißner-Raeder in Dresden.


Photo credit: Meißner Raeder

Viral Bikes Skeptic, 🇺🇸

Only those who look closely can see that the Skeptic is a titanium bike. The elaborate frame painting is almost a typical mark of the US manufacturer Viral. The shown bike is suitable for 27.5″er or 29″er wheels and can be assembled with 130mm-150mm suspension forks. In addition, many color combinations are available.

Photo credit: Logan Watts I bikepacking.com


Caminade Gravel Pinion, 🇫🇷

French manufacturer Caminade presents it´s latest model named Gravel Pinion. Located at the Pyrenees, a team of five employees designs, manufactures and assembles high-quality steel and titanium bikes for direct sale. Customer wishes can be implemented individually, so according to the manufacturer it is no problem to equip the bike with eyelets for luggage racks, etc.



Sklar Bikes,  🇺🇸

Adam Sklar presented this prototype of his handbuilt bikepacking bike in 2018. A simple, minimalistic frame and a well-balanced geometry make you want to go on an adventure on it! Sklar Bikes is a manufactory in the state of Montana and builds bike to customer specifications. Here is an exciting report on the history of the bike.

Photo credit: The Radavist


… at this point we point out that the presented bikes are a selection. We show serial bikes as well as custom models and unique builts of our manufacturers. Our manufacturers search gives an overview of all bike brands. With the filter function you can easily narrow down your search according to the specific usage.








On May 15, 2024, we were at the Industry Day of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in the Neckarforum.

The Industry Day is a career fair at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences that takes place twice a year. Students can find out about possible internships, working student activities, final theses or career entry opportunities.

E-MTB Camp in Kaltern/South Tyrol

E-MTB Camp in Kaltern/South Tyrol

From April 22 to 25, 2024, the E-MTB Camp took place in Kaltern/South Tyrol and offered the participants an unforgettable time in one of the most beautiful cycling paradises – the varied landscape around Kaltern and Tramin. Together with our partner Simplon, we took part for the first time. Around 40 participants had the exclusive opportunity to test the brand new Simplon Rapcon – equipped with the Pinion MGU – on the trails.