THE PERFECT BIKE FOR DIRTY WEATHER
Isn’t every Pinion bike the perfect bike for the wet and cold season? Basically yes, because the advantages of the closed shifting unit are at least as convincing in autumn/winter as in dry, dusty conditions. As is well known, the gearshift is one of the most sensitive, but also most high-maintenance parts on the bike. So it’s good when the drivetrain – as in the case of Pinion – hardly cries out for attention. If then also the overall concept of the bike fits, then nothing prevents carefree winter riding!
Since the use of a Pinion bike differ significantly and there is something suitable for every rider type, topography and region, we present a small selection of different bike types. Which one is your favorite?
HANDMADE WITH LOVE
Born in the Black Forest. A lot of craftsmanship went into Grav Karl, the gravel bike from the German frame builder Portus Cycles around Alexander Clauss. With the 12-speed Pinion transmission, Gates belt drive and the Columbus Zona tube set made of steel, the bike is certainly no guarantee for lightweight design, but sustainable and weatherproof! The geometry, which accepts either a suspension fork or a rigid fork, Grav Karl is a faithful and unobtrusive companion for the city, loose ground and long adventures in bikepacking mode.
Photo: Portus Cycles
2. ALL-MOUNTAIN HARDTAIL
FUN MACHINE FOR ROUGH TERRAIN
NICOLAI ARGON AM PINION
This custom-made mountain bike is the winter bike of trail coach & bike instructor Ramsay MacFarlane. He manages a mountain bike school in Scotland and knows what is important for his job: a solid frame, reliable parts and as little maintenance and care as possible. The manufacturer Nicolai offers an online configurator for all its bike models, with the help of which you can put together your individual dream bike! This model is the Argon AM (=All Mountain) Pinion.
Photo: Ramsay MacFarlane
3. TOURING BIKE
THE DAILY DRIVER
TOUT TERRAIN BLUERIDGE XPLORE
From the beginning, the German manufacturer Tout Terrain has dedicated itself to one goal: To design touring bikes that can take on the toughest challenges – whether steep climbs, fully loaded with luggage, or the most difficult riding conditions with changing terrain and weather. What proves itself on a great journey also works in everyday life. The Blueridge Xplore is the classic touring bike from Tout Terrain on 28″ wheels. It also comes with modern features such as a very sturdy pannier rack. Customers can choose from numerous equipment options: starting with the color, the handlebar type, ergonomic features to the matching Pinion transmission.
Photo: Tout Terrain
4. GRAVEL-/ BIKEPACKING BIKE
NICOLAI ARGON GX PINION
Just in time for the start of the off-season Nicolai presented its latest development. The Argon GX Pinion is based on the typical Nicolai geometry, so is long, comes with a flat steering angle and a long tail. To cover a wide range of use and make the bike suitable for year-round use, Nicolai equipped the model with the carefree drive unit consisting of Pinion gearbox and Gates belt drive. Thanks to many detailed solutions on the frame such as mounting points for racks and mudguards, the slim gravel bike can also be quickly converted into a versatile bikepacking bike!
Photo: Martin Donat I LifeCYCLE Magazine
5. URBAN eBIKE
SCHINDELHAUER ARTHUR VI/IX
Less is more: The Arthur VI/XI is a modern urban eBike. In keeping with typical Schindelhauer style, the bike goes its own way and convinces purists with its reduced design. However, the features are anything but reduced. For example, all the technology is integrated: The battery sits in the down tube, the motor is placed in the rear hub and shifting is done centrally with Pinion. Hardly noticeable is the StVZO-compliant lighting integrated into the seatpost or handlebars. Note for more everyday comfort: Simply mount the stand and luggage rack!
Read the test review, from Downtown e-bike Magazine!
6. RACE HARDTAIL
LIGHTWEIGHT & FAST
Anyone who rides a road bike in summer and occasionally takes part in endurance races doesn’t mothball their bike in the winter. On the contrary: true to the motto “champions are made in winter”, racers sit in the saddle all year round. Even then they attach importance to the fact that the bike is not too heavy and are happy after a challenging training ride that the bike does not have to be meticulously cleaned and maintained thanks to closed gear unit!
[The bike in the picture is an older model. The Quantor Urkraft is also a Pinion XC bike!]
MASTER OF THE EXTREME
MYTHS CYCLES CUSTOM FATBIKE
Snow, sand, gravel, trackless terrain: Unridable does not exist! This fatbike of the U.S. framework Myth Cycles plows through any terrain – whether soft, greasy or smooth! This is ensured in addition to 5-inch wide tires, of course, the outstanding overall concept of the bike: The noble frame is perfectly processed and comes with the so-called “Trail Forward” geometry, thanks to which it can be both reasonable climbing, technical descents but also really fun!
Photo credit: Myth Cycles
FOR ALL ETERNITY
PILOT DURO PINION
This noble titanium bike comes from the Netherlands. At Pilot Cycles, a team of four employees designe, manufacture and assemble high-quality bikes for direct sales. The Duro is designed for long-distance and multiple-day tours, and the geometry is correspondingly comfortable. Customer wishes can be individually implemented, so it is according to the manufacturer no problem to equip the bike with eyelets for luggage racks, mudguards, etc..
Photo credit: Pilot Cycles
… At this point we would like to point out that the bikes presented are a small, fine selection. We show series bikes as well as custom models and unique pieces of our manufacturers. Our manufacturer overview gives an overview of all bike brands. With the filter function, the search can be easily narrowed down according to the area of use.