Have touring bikes with derailleur had its day? This question may arise, who studies the current Trekkingbike special magazine. Twelve noble, durable, lightweight, and – thanks to transmission – absolutely maintenance free Trekking bikes are tested and presented in detail. Pinion bikes get the top score. A “Super” Result for the „Maxx Crossmax Pinion 12“, for the „Opinion TI Travel Spec Idworx“ and for the „Norwid Spitsbergen PI“. The testers especially liked not only the smooth running of the Pinion gearbox. Also switching itself functioned “as soft as butter“. There is the right gear for each speed or pitch, it says in the article. Another statement for Pinion: Removing the rear wheel works easy and fast.
Also the KTM Lontano had been testet. the bike of the globetrotter Niko Krauland, who is currently on his trip around the world. The testers did not like the horizontal dropout, otherwise certify the Lontano “active driving geometry and handling, agile character, high rigidity”. How Niko beats on tour with the Lontano, you read here: https://pinion.eu/en/pinion-in-action/
The complete article (german) with all bikes and details can be found at: