A Complete List of Touring Bicycle Manufacturers with Pricing

I’ve created this resource to make known all of the touring bicycle manufacturers in the world. Some brands produce complete bikes, and others framesets only, which I’ve made sure to mention.

On CyclingAbout you can also find the:
Complete List of Off-Road Adventure Touring Bikes with Pricing;
Complete List of Tandem Builders and Manufacturers;
Complete List of Touring Bikes Available in Australia;
List of XS Touring Bikes for Smaller Cyclists: 42, 44, 46cm
List of XXL Touring Bikes for Tall Cyclists: 62, 63, 64cm
List of Step-Through and Mixte Touring Bikes

Different Types of Touring Bicycle

2019 salsa journeyman
The Salsa Journeyman Apex1 light touring bike.

Light Touring
This style of bike is ready to take racks and bags, however, is best suited to lighter loads and road-only use. Typically you will find 700c wheels with narrow tyres, similar geometry to a road bike and higher gear ratios – all of which are perfect for sealed roads. If you’re wondering how a cyclocross bike compares to a touring bicycle, head HERE.

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The Stevens Sovereign trekking bike.

Based on a ‘hybrid’ bicycle this style of bike is most popular with European brands. They are often designed around light loads, equipped with a rear rack only, a suspension fork, an aluminium frame and gear ratios suited to sealed roads and bicycle paths. Trekking bikes can be as fast as ‘light touring’ bikes, but with the added bonus that they are more upright.

Surly Bridge Club
The Surly Bridge Club off-road touring bike.

Off-Road Touring
This category of touring bicycle is essentially a mountain bike with provision for racks and water bottles. Most often made from steel, MTB Tourers are aimed at the off-road and bikepacking crowd because of the generous tyre clearances on offer. But be aware, these bikes are truly jack-of-all-trades: some users find the head tubes too short, the geometry unstable with heavy bags and the chainstays too short. This is the price you pay for a bike that can shred off-road. Don’t forget to check out my list of adventure touring bikes.

2019 Trek 520
The Trek 520 long-distance touring bike.

Long Distance
These touring-specific bikes are designed around long-distance bike travel, making them very capable of handling heavy loads on all types of terrain. Most often long-distance frames are stiffer than anything else available because they use heavier frame tubing in larger diameters. Long Distance bikes have a wide range of gear ratios to get you up the steepest hills, provision for a front rack, comfortable seats, three bidon cage mounts, long chainstays for ample heel clearance of your rear panniers, and a long, stable wheelbase. In addition, you will be able to mount touring specific tyres over 40c (700c) or 2.0″ (26″) in size. Long Distance touring bikes are what I recommend for big tours.

Belt Drive Touring Bike
The KOGA WorldTraveller-S premium touring bike.

Premium Long Distance
I have added this category to highlight brands which build the most capable, high-end touring bikes. Products you will see featured on these bikes include the Rohloff 14 speed hub, Pinion gearbox, Gates Carbon Belt Drive and Schmidt dynamo hubs.

Touring Bikes Around the World

Here’s my list of bicycle touring manufacturers around the world, by country of origin (not manufacture) – many are available across multiple countries and regions.


Allegro (Long Distance) – T1 (steel) – AU $1595
Velosmith (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Jota, Cycletouriste, Great Southern (steel) – AU $4650 to $6360
Vivente (Long Distance) – Anatolia, Deccan, Patagonia, Gibb (steel) – AU $2299 to $3649
Wayward Bike Co (Long Distance) – Nullibor, Cape York (steel) – AU $499 to $1599


KTM (Trekking / Premium Long Distance) – Life Series (aluminium / steel) – €799 to €3399


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The Kona Sutra LTD is a popular off-road touring bike.

Brodie (Long Distance) – Argus, Elan, Elan Vital (steel) – US $1249 to $2099
Devinci (Light Touring) – Caribou 1, 2 (aluminium) – US $949 to $1499
Kona (Long Distance / Off-Road Touring) – Sutra, Big Rove (steel) – US $899 to $1499
Marinoni (Light Touring) – Turismo, Turismo Extreme (steel) – US $2200 to $2800
MEC (Long Distance) – National (steel) – CA $1350
Norco (Long Distance) – Cabot 1,2 (steel) – CA $995 to $1415
Opus (Long Distance) – Largo, Legato (steel) – CA $1099 to $1299
Rocky Mountain (Long Distance) – Sherpa 30 (steel) – US $1300


Pelago (Long Distance) – Stavanger (steel) – €1799


Alex Singer (Light Touring) – Grand Tourisme (steel) – €6000
B’Twin (Trekking) – Riverside 7 (aluminium) – €649
Cattin Cycles (Long Distance) – Voyager, Altiplano, Oberland (steel) – €1800 to €3000
Gilles Berthoud (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Colibri, Evasion, Scirocco, Blizzard, Diagonale, Marathon, Aventure, Nomade, Rebelle, Enta, Eole, Epervier (steel) – €2800 to €6000
Gitane (Long Distance / Trekking) – Vision (aluminium) – €699
Peugeot (Trekking) – CT02 (aluminium) – €899
Rando Cycles (Long Distance) – Globe Trotter, Tourer (steel) – €1999


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Patria makes some of the best executed touring bikes in Germany.

Bombtrack (Long Distance / MTB Touring) – Beyond (steel) – US $1999
Bottcher (Trekking / Premium Long Distance) – Trekking, Safari, XXL, Evolution, Trek Lite, Expedition (steel or aluminium) – €629 to €3499
Corratec (Trekking) – C29er, Fashion, Sunset, Harmony (aluminium) – €499 to €1599
Cube (Trekking) – Kathmandu, Delhi, Touring, Touring Pro (aluminium) – €799 to €1699
Da Silva (Trekking) – ST-80, Cintra, Da Gama (steel) – TBC
Ghost (Trekking) – Trekking Series (aluminium) – €599 to €1499
Gudereit (Light Touring / Trekking) – Sportline, Trekkingline – €449 to €1999
Hercules (Long Distance) – Alassio, Alassio Comp, Alassio Travel (steel) – €749 to €1499
Idworx (Premium Long Distance / Trekking) – Off Rohler, Easy Rohler, Easy Transport (aluminium), Easy Rohler Ti, Off Rohler Ti (titanium) – €2695 to €6140
Intec (Long Distance) – T03, T04, T06, T07, T08 (steel) – €1190 to €2200
MaxCycles (Long Distance / Trekking) – Twenty Six Man, Titanium, SX Lite (steel, aluminium, titanium) – €699 to €4039
Maxx (Trekking) – Crossmaxx, XXL (aluminium) – €999 to €2399
Norwid (Long Distance) – Spitsbergen, Aaland, Skagerrak (steel) – € to €
Patria (Premium Long Distance) – Terra, Ranger, Touros, Petite, Randonneur (steel) – €1590 to €3990
Poison (Trekking / Long Distance) – Atropin, Cyanide (aluminium), Quinine (steel) – €799 to €2649
Riese und Muller (Long Distance) – Homage, Delite (aluminium) – €1499 to €3699
Rose (Long Distance / Trekking) – Activa, Black Water, Black Creek, NPL, Multisport, Multispeed (aluminium) – €1195 to €2799
Schauff (Premium Long Distance) – Sumo (aluminium) – € to €
Staiger (Trekking) – Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont (aluminium) – €699 to €3499
Stevens (Long Distance / Trekking) – Soverign Lite, Camino XT, Camino R14, P18 (aluminium) – €2299 to €2999
Tout Terrain (Premium Long Distance) – Silk Road, 5th Avenue, Grande Route, Panamericana, Tanami (steel) – €1990 to €5390
Trenga (Trekking / Light Touring) – GLH, MLS (aluminium) – €1599 to €2599
Utopia Velo (Long Distance) – Herring Gull (steel) – €1799 to €2799
Velo de Ville (Long Distance) – Premium R650 (steel) – €1599 to €2699
Velotraum (Premium Long Distance) – Cross Crmo, Cross 7005, DreiXL – €1690 to €3890
VSF Fahrrad Manufaktur (Trekking / Light Touring / Long Distance) – T-series, TX-series – €499 to €2699

There is an overwhelming number of trekking bikes coming out of Germany, so I’m going to list just their names only: Atlanta, Bergamont, Bulls, Focus, Kalkhoff, Kettler, Kreidler, Morrison, Ortler, Pegasus, Rabeneick, Rotor, Steppenwolf, Wanderer, Winora, Velo de Ville, Zoulou.

Great Britain

Bob Jackson (Long Distance) – World Tour Frameset (steel) – £550
Claud Butler (Light Touring) – Regent, Malvern (aluminium) – £599 to £699
Condor (Long Distance) – Heritage Frameset (steel) – £599
Dawes (Long Distance) – Galaxy Series (steel) – £599 to £1799
Dynamic Bicycles (Light Touring) – Tempo (aluminium) – £845
Enigma (Light Touring) – Ethos (steel) – £1999
Genesis (Long Distance / Light Touring / MTB Touring) – Longitude, Vagabond, Tour de Fer, Croix de Fer, CdF (steel) – £849 to £1999
Hewitt (Long Distance) – Cheviot (steel) – £1299
Kinesis (Light Touring) – Tripster ATR (titanium) -£2349
Mercian (Long Distance / Light Touring) – King of Mercia, Professional, Pro Lugless, Vincitore (steel) – £2240 to £3820
Orbit Cycles (Long Distance) – Harrier Expedition, Harrier Fast Tour (steel) – £1190 to £1795
Oxford Bike Works (Long Distance) – Model 1, Model 2, Model 3, Expedition (steel) – £850 to £2000
Pashley (Light Touring) – Clubman Country (steel) – £1495
Raleigh (Long Distance) – Gran Tour, Sojourn (steel) – £645 to £1100
Revolution (Long Distance) – Country Traveller, Country Explorer, Country Premier (steel) – £499 to £799
Ridgeback (Long Distance) – Tour, Voyage, Journey, Panorama (steel) – £599 to £1249
Roberts Cycles (Long Distance) – Clubman, Cumbria, Transcontinental, Roughstuff (steel) – £1295 to £1395 (Frameset only!)
Roux (Long Distance) – Etape 150, 250 (steel) – £480 to £699
Sabbath (Light Touring) – Silk Route (titanium) – £2000
Spa Cycles (Long Distance) – Ti Tourer (titanium) – £1580
Thorn (Premium Long Distance) – Sherpa, Nomad, Mercury, Club Tour (steel) – from £1299 to £2139

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The Thorn Nomad touring bike is a solid operator.


Ideal (Trekking) – Travelon, Ezigo (aluminium) – €390 to €599


Basso (Light Touring) – Ulisse (steel) – €2150 (frameset)
Bianchi (Light Touring) – Lupo, Volpe (steel) – US $999 to $1299
Bressan (MTB Trekking) – Terranova (steel)
Cinelli (Long Distance) – Bootleg Hobo, Hobootleg Geo (steel) – US $1799
Masi (Long Distance) – Giramondo (steel) – US $1089


Fuji (Long Distance) – Touring (steel) – US $770

South Korea

Alton (Budget / Light Touring) – Turista (aluminium) – from US $350
Miso (Budget / Light Touring) – Burgos (steel) – from US $350
Samchunly (Budget / Light Touring) – Rider (aluminium) – from US $450


Avaghon (Long Distance / MTB Touring) – Series 26, Series 28, X-29 (steel) – €1599 to €2899
BeOne (Long Distance / Trekking) – Randonneur, Crossover Series (aluminium)
Gazelle (Trekking) – Arroyo, Fuente, Descende, Medeo (aluminium) – €899 to €1499
KOGA (Long Distance / Trekking) – WorldTraveller, Traveller (aluminium) – €1699 to €3666
Multicycle (Trekking) – Extreme, Extreme Rohloff (aluminium) – €2099 To €3499
Pilot (Premium Long Distance) – Trekking (titanium)
Poppink (Long Distance) – M02d, T08d, T08r (steel)
Santos (Long Distance / Trekking) – Travelmaster (steel or aluminium), Trekking (aluminium) – £1700 to £3200
SNEL (Premium Long Distance) – Expedition, Safari, Serengeti, Savanne, Sahara (aluminium or steel) – €1550 to €3550
Van Herwerden (Premium Long Distance) – Twenty 6, Twenty 8, Roadmaster C (steel) – €2199 to €2975
Van Nicholas (Premium Long Distance) – Pioneer, Amazon (titanium) – €2488 to €6493
Vittorio (Long Distance) – Klassiek, Randonneur, Globetrotter, Tourfiets (steel) – €2100 to €4500


Creme (Light Touring) – Lungo (steel) – €1099
Kross (Trekking) – Trans-series (aluminium) – €599 to €999
Unibike (Trekking) – Vision, Voyager, Expedition, Globetrotter – €500 to €850


Bicitaller Russafa (Long Distance) – Cicloturismo (steel)
Orbea (Trekking) – Travel, Comfort (aluminium) – €389 to €1249


Aarios (Premium Long Distance) – Expedition, Discovery, Experience (steel) – €2765 to €6390
Canyon (Trekking) – No Limit, Street, Globe (aluminium) – €1300 to €1700
Diamant (Trekking) – Elan Series (aluminium) – €699 to €1699
HiLite (Premium Long Distance / Trekking / Light Touring) – Pinion, Trekking, Randonneur (titanium) – €4100 to €11600
MTB Cycletech (Trekking / Premium Long Distance) – Papalagi (aluminium / steel / titanium) – €1099 to €3599
Simpel (Trekking / Premium Long Distance) – Optimist, Frischluft, Wegwarts (aluminium or steel) – €1400 to €2900
Tour de Swisse (Trekking) – Trekking (aluminium) – €2000 to €3980
Villiger (Light Touring) – Verzasca (aluminium) – €1600


Giant (MTB Touring / Trekking) – ToughRoad, Expedition Series (aluminium) – €1799 to €2299


Trek 520 Disc 2016
Trek 520 Disc.

Advocate (Long Distance) – Lorax, Seldom Seen, Sand County (steel) – US $1799
All City (Long Distance) – Space Horse Frameset (steel) – US $575 (frame)
Bilenky (Long Distance) – Midlands, Tourlite (steel) – US $3700 to $4675
Bruce Gordon (Long Distance) – Rock ‘n’ Road, BLT (steel) – US $1725 to $3349
Cannondale (Long Distance) – Touring (aluminium) – US $1620 to $2660
Cielo (Light Touring) – Tanner Good Edition (steel) – US $2799
Co-Motion (Premium Long Distance) – Pangea, Divide, Americano (steel) – US $3925 to $7848
Fairdale (Light Touring) – Weekender (steel) US $479 to $1199
Gunnar (Long Distance / MTB Touring) – Grand Tour Frame, Rock Tour (steel) – US $1099 (frame only)
Jamis (Long Distance) – Aurora, Aurora Elite (steel) – US $1099 to $1599
KHS (Long Distance) – TR101 (steel) – US $1099
Lynskey (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Backroad, Cooper CMT, Viale (titanium) – US $3247 to $4761
Marin (Long Distance) – Four Corners – US $1100
Motobecane (Budget / Long Distance) – Gran Turismo (steel) – US $699
Nashbar (Budget Long Distance) – Steel Touring, TR1 (steel) – US $699 to $749
Novara (Long Distance / Light Touring / MTB Touring) – Safari, Randonee, Mazama (steel) – US $1099 to $1199
Redline (Light Touring) – Metro Classic – US $1150
Rivendell (Long Distance) – Sam Hillborne, Atlantis (steel) – US $2600 to $3900
Rodriguez (Long Distance) – The Adventure, UTB Adventure – US $2700 to $6000
Salsa (Long Distance / MTB Touring) – Fargo, Marrakesh, Vaya (steel or titanium) – US $1599 to $3950
Seven (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Expat SL, Expat S, Expat (titanium or steel) – US $2000 to $3600 (Frame only)
Specialized (Long Distance / Light Touring) – AWOL Evo, AWOL Comp, AWOL Elite, AWOL (steel) – US $1350 to $2499
Soma (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Saga, San Marcos, Wolverine (steel) – US $499 to $949 (Frameset)
Surly (Long Distance / MTB Touring) – LHT, Disc Trucker, Bridge Club, ECR, Troll, Ogre – US $949 to $1399
Terry (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Coto Donana Tour, Coto Donana Vagabond (steel) – US $3500 to $3850
Traitor (MTB Touring) – Wander, Slot (steel) – US $1299 to $1399
Trek (Long Distance / Light Touring / MTB Touring) – 520 (steel), 720, 920, Crossrip (aluminium) – US $1099 to $1989
Velo Orange (Long Distance / MTB Touring) – Campeur, Piolet (steel) – US $500 (Frameset)
Waterford (Long Distance / Light Touring) – Adventure Cycle, Sport Touring (steel) – $TBC
Windsor (Budget Long Distance) – Tourist (steel) – US $599

Have I Missed Any Manufacturers?

  1. Hi! Great review, we are looking for a new touring bike for my girlfriend and this list is perfect! Actually I’m riding a 2011 Cube Touring (bought used for €400!) and I never had a problem, also when doing long tours (did all southern Scandinavia last year, heavy loaded). In Italy the most known touring bike is the “Bressan terra nova” (look out for the crappy website). Last week I tested it in Expobici (biggest cycle expo in Italy), and looked like a great bike. Price around 1500€/2000€ (too expensive for us!). Bye and safe travels!

  2. Great compilation! I’ve been trying to see a Raleigh Sojourn in the flesh while in the UK but no-one seems to keep them in stock! It would be to replace my 28 year old Raleigh Carlton Courette that has done brilliant service and many many miles without a hiccup. You missed the company that made Peter’s bike. It is a Mercian, also crossed the world in the mid 1980s and still going strong. Tom uses it sometimes now. Custom-made by Mercian, a small company in Derby, UK, and they still make them. A beautiful bike, with Campagnolo components. Check their website for yourselves: http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/

  3. I’ve intentionally missed these out. Having ridden 2/3 of these Surly’s loaded with gear, I feel that these bikes are NOT suited to long distance touring, but more towards MTB / bike packing. Yes, they can handle racks but, no, they don’t handle heavy pannier weight very well (compared to the LHT).

  4. Sure thing.

    These bikes are a ‘jack of all trades – master of none.

    Here are three reasons in particular:
    – The front end is not stiff enough: With front pannier bags, the Troll and Ogre both demonstrated an inadequate amount of stiffness; I could physically see the front section of the frame waving under me. When I turned corners, the bikes were not direct at all with their steering.
    – The chainstays are short: The Ogre and Troll have 30-40mm shorter chainstays than I’d recommend for a touring bike. Firstly for heel clearance, and secondly for stability.
    – The head tubes are not long enough: On the bikes that I’ve ridden, the riders have almost had to put more spacers above the stem than the headtube is long! This is most likely a different story for shorter riders, but a problem none-the-less for most tourers who need their bars as high, or higher than their saddle.

    The ECR (which I haven’t ridden) is a 29+ bike, meaning it employs 3inch tyres and an MTB double crankset. It is a mountain bike with rack mounts at the most.

  5. Hi …excellent compilation. Nice work.
    Two quick thoughts.
    -Bike Friday Eugene Oregon is missing. We have their New World Tourist models. Long distance, short distance, light weight, heavy weight, fast, slow do anything bikes. Brilliant. Big hearted bikes with small wheels. They are legendary world touring bikes.
    -And thank goodness Thorn do not have disc brakes on their touring bikes or I wouldn’t have bought a Sherpa expedition bike. The ceramic coated rims and V brakes are almost as quick as discs but nowhere near as temperamental.

  6. I’ll leave Bike Friday out of this one. We’ll have to put together a folding bike roundup too!

    Regarding disc brakes – have you used a set of Avid BB7s on a loaded touring bike? Heaps more power again than a set of carbide rims (exponentially better in the wet!), and as reliable as brakes come.

  7. Yes Alex … I have Avids on my MTB and have done a short, loaded tour on it. They are very good but I wouldn’t want them on my touring bikes. I prefer components which are not only effective and durable, but I can also fix (or get fixed) reasonably easily. I wouldn’t know where to start to fix Avids under field conditions. This says more about me than Avids or any disc brakes. The stopping power is not hugely different in my experience.
    The foldability of the Bike Friday is a bonus. Even without the folding function they are a strong, comfortable bike with excellent ride and touring quality. The frame geometry and gearing are brilliant. The BFs are an excellent tourer which happens to fold, rather than a folder which is an OK tourer. Like CoMotion which are from the same town, they are true blue American made bikes, so perhaps worth allocating to your U.S. list rather than a special folding category. There aren’t many folding bikes which are really versatile touring bikes like BFs.

  8. I have a Motobacane Gran Turismo and from the first ride I have had issues with the wheel shifting under breaking and acceleration. The wheel shifts to the left and rubs on the chain stay. I finally fixed the issue by bolting (3mm) an angle bracket to the right side and put the skewer through a hole on the bracket.

    The dropout is facing forward some what ( bad idea) and have gotten the run around with bikes direct about the issue

  9. Arrrghhhhh! I just came across this list of touring bike manufacturers, and am gutted to find out that my company is not on there. We’re called Oxford Bike Works, and we make a 26″ wheel steel-framed tourer made of Reynolds tubing. Can someone change the list to include us please. We reckon we’re the best value touring bikes in the UK, but if people haven’t heard of us it doesn’t matter how cheap we are! Check us out at http://www.oxfordbikeworks.co.uk

  10. Richard

    Thanks for dropping by. We’re happy to have added Oxford Bike Works to the list. While we’ve got you here, we’re interested in some of the geometry choices you’ve made for your frames.

    – You chainstays seem very short for a touring bicycle. Is there any reason you’ve built your rear ends on the short side, as we know that heel clearance can be an issue with panniers?

    – Your headtubes are really short, and hence require a lot of spacers to get the handlebars to the right height. Why are your headtubes so short compared to other touring frame manufacturers?


  11. Hi, thanks for your reply. We are a very small company with limited resources, and I decided that I wanted one frame design that whilst primarily was a touring design, could be applied to other uses. It also guarantees greater flexibility in the number of riding positions that can be adopted, and whilst most favour a more upright riding position, its not always the case. Having said that, I wasn’t aware that the head tube was appreciably shorter than the Thorn Sherpa. The chainstays are a little shorter than you would expect on a tourer, but we’ve had no feedback that heel clearance is a problem, and it wasn’t our experience whilst testing, so we didn’t lengthen the the chainstays after the prototypes were delivered.

    Its really useful to have feedback like this, as we are a new company and it really helps us move our brand and range forward.
    The key area where I think we win is on price, and that is what we’re really trying to do – bringing a Reynolds steel tubed tourer with decent wheels to the market for £850 sterling opens up a whole new range of customers to us (we hope)!

  12. Hi Mark

    Unfortunately I do not have any technical knowledge of recumbent bicycles, so I wouldn’t even know where to start. If you do have a comprehensive understanding of everything recumbent touring, I welcome you to put together a list and we can publish it under your name,


  13. You forgot the oldest and probably best touring bike we have in Switzerland : the Papalagi, made by MTB Cycletech (http://www.mtbcycletech.com/core/shop/front/prodlist.php?parmx=cGclM0Q4JTI2bGFuJTNERw%3D%3D&parmz=f5424d8d8b8dc0feaeab6da8a59b63ed). They’ve been making it for nearly 30 years now.
    It has a beautiful steel frame and is available in (almost) any version you may wish to find. V-brake, disc, Rohloff, Pinion, Reynolds 853 steel, Reynolds 931 stainless steel, titanium, on so on…
    Would be nice to see it in the list.

  14. I notice that the “gallery of pics” for the Gran Turismo on the BD site, dated June 2010, show what appear to be holes for adjusters on the rear dropouts. Would inserting adjuster screws help stabilize the axle?

  15. No! Not in my case it did not. (wrong direction) I used an angle bracket drilled a hole for the three mm bolt and a hole on the other angle for the skewer. I got rid of the QR skure and used one with an allen bolt.
    Another option I thought about was to epoxy a metal block on the drive side with a threaded hole and use a bolt to push a block against the axle. ( the block would need to be machined as the same radi as the axle)

  16. Thank so much for this site, a treasure trove of valuable info. I wonder if folding bikes wouldn’t merit a mention or even a section of their own. To many it may sound ridiculous the very idea of world touring in a folding bike but they have many advantages, easy to carry on planes or buses if needed or to hotel rooms to keep secure. They are getting better and better and there are models designed for touring and with all the specs up to Rohloff, hub dynamos etc. A minimum od 20″ wheels allows for decent stability and very compact folding like the Tern Link P24 TR, But even the Reise Muller Birdy Touring Rohloff with 18″ looks very reliable. If you plan to do a lot of off road there are folging bikes with 24 and 26 inch wheels. They are centainly less sturdy and would slow down your tour when rolling but theu open up new alternatives, like combining with public transport or other means.

    Just watch this guys, they do it with a Brompton with 16″ wheels, too small for touring beyond perfect first world tarmac though:


  17. Hi Eric. Don’t worry, we’re sold on folding bikes, but wanted to keep this list as pure as possible so that people looking for a new bike don’t have to look past brands that won’t suit them. A folding list (and associated resources) is coming!

  18. I recently purchased a Surly Troll. I agree with the chainstays problem but having the right rack (i.e. Tubus Logo) resolves the heel clearance issue and stability is maintained. I have an 18 inch frame so the head tube fits well with a butterfly handlebar but I cannot say for bigger frames. I haven’t put front panniers but I think they would stabilize the bike since most of the weight falls in the rear. The lower top tube with the mini triangle is perfect to mount or dismount the bike with heavy load. Another plus for the Troll is the off-road and mountainous ride which the bike handles brilliantly being much more nimble than the LHT, but that’s just me.

  19. I seriously doubt Dawes represent better value than Stevens – perhaps some lazy journalism here? The component spec isn’t great on still pricey lower end Galaxies and the frame flex when loaded can be v. disconcerting on downhills. Where are the cheaper bikes with Rohloff hubs, pinion gear boxes and as good a frame as the Stevens? There are many more expensive bikes listed here that just aren’t as good.. so an odd conclusion.

  20. My words across different manufacturers are not intended to be directly compared, especially across markets. Stevens trekking bikes feature at the upper end of the market, so naturally, they will not represent great value for money. Their XT spec’d trekking bikes can be double the price of other similarly spec’d German brands! Dawes may not be the best touring bikes, but they offer a lot of bike for your money in the British market.

  21. Can it be that you didn’t had any complaints because those people don’t even buy from you?

    I’m in the search for our next long distance touring bikes, and I’d be interested in the price range you mention. However, I check the geometry on the web and below 45 cm chainstay, I don’t even consider the bikes.

    My wish is 46 cm (similarly to the article), as pannier clearance was a big issue on most trekking/touring bikes I tried. Below 45 cm, I have to move the panniers really to the back, in a fiddly position.

    On my current bike the chainstay is 42.5 cm, with a Tubus Logo. I have to move panniers in a strange pushed-away position to able to pedal without hitting the pannier. My VauDe Cycle 22 panier has to be configured in an awkward way. One hanger is on the edge, the other is in the middle, to be able to move the bag as far as possible from my feet. It works, but it’s not stable.

  22. KTM BIKE INDUSTRIES is an Austrian manufacturer and produces also touring bikes:

    GHOST bicycles also produces trekking bikes:

    merényi BICYCLES is a Hungarian manufacturer who creates hand made touring bikes with steel frame:

  23. KTM an Austrian Company which makes bicycles and motor bicycles has just received the top award – Eurobike 2014 – for their long distance trekking bike

  24. I’m really enjoying my Traitor Slot, it’s a rigid steel 29er with mechanical disc brakes and Shimano Deore drivetrain. It would fit into the MTB category as it could accommodate 2.2″+ tires.

  25. I’m looking at buying a titanium frame & am considering a Seven–can you compare that company to the rest? Thanks for all the great information, Brenda

  26. I have a Motobecane Gran Turismo . . One issue is the rear dropouts you will need Surly hurdy gurdy to keep your wheel from moving.. And the rear tire needs to be flat in order to remove the wheel because of the forward facing dropouts

  27. And I’ve just noticed you don’t list the Claud Butler Dalesman, an excellent long distance tourer.

  28. Look forward to see it – eventually.
    If think one of the pros of a recumbent is better weight distribution between front and rear wheels – panniers can be an issue.
    (I have a cruzbike sofrider, but never toured with it.)

  29. Thanks for setting me straight on the Kona entry.

    I agree the chain stays could be an inch longer, but my heel strike issue seems to have more to do with the Planet Bike rear rack that comes as standard equipment.

    The Sutra is a really nice tourer, nice an stable fully loaded on a long fast downhill and the disc brakes are really lovely.

  30. That is a great list. I’ve been looking for a randonneur or touring bike and was confused but no longer. Thanks!

  31. Wondering if anyone has heard of a European bike manufacturer PEGASUS? Holland maybe? I saw a mixte 12 speed cruising(?) upright handle bars, fenders and back luggage support. Anyone know of the quality or history of this bike and/or manufacturer?

  32. Thank you for a long and thoroughly researched list! I miss Scotlands Shand Cycles, though. (I have no affiliation with Shand but have their Stoater Rohloff on my wish list as a fast year round commuter, 40miles 4 days a week)

  33. The Spec is just as good on the 520, compared to the Long Haul Trucker. The wheels are arguably stronger on the LHT, but I’d take a Deore crank and Alivio front dérailleur over a Sugino crank and Sora dérailleur. The frame on the 520 is a nicer grade less over built chromoly. But I like the longer headtube and uncut fork on the LHT. I had to add an extender on my 520, would have preferred stacking a fork. But it did glide along so much nicer than the Surly, so I chose it. Also the decent Bontrager rear rack sweetened the decision.

  34. This is a superb list & a very useful resource. Its amazing how many manufacturers there are now offering touring bikes. I will be adding many of these bikes to my ebay searches! I hope you don’t mind, I’ve included a link to it in my book here https://github.com/yeahsmaggy/Prepare-Pack-Pedal/blob/master/prepare_pack_pedal.md and on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Prepare-Pack-Pedal-A-Practical-Guide-to-Cycle-Touring-659230044155125/?ref=bookmarks

  35. Hi, thanks re the book. It would be fantastic if your list was a webpage with sorting filters based on the categories you provide. By country is useful but it would be great to filter only by ‘long distance touring bike’ or ‘light touring’.

  36. Thanks for sharing the list of different types of touring bicycle with pricing and manufactures. I read your blog and found it relevant for the end users. In recent days I had also purchased a hybrid bike from bestenthusiast and I really satisfied with my purchasing. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

  37. The article starts with Light Touring : “This style of bike is ready to take racks and bags, however is best suited to lighter loads and road-only use.” and has a picture of the Specialized Sequoia. Actually this bike is designed for both off-road and on road bike packing and touring (ideally 80% off road 20% on road). The tyre is a wide 42 and the steel frame can take a lot of weight. I think this is more a Gravel bike which fits in between a touring bike and a Cyclocross bike. Small point but good article though!

  38. Not sure if it qualifies as touring bike but the Planet X London Road looks like a great new option… single chainring, extra wide-range cassette and a rear rack mount.

  39. Hello. Great list! I believe “Cube” is German. Good work thank you!

  40. I agree, the Fuji Touring is simply the best value on the list. One that was missed is Windsor’s Tourist, only get it thru Bikes Direct for around $ 599:


    It’s a rebadged Fuji Touring fork & frame set that Windsor contracted with Fuji to manufacture. Component differences, you get what Bikes Direct/Windsor builds the frame with instead of Fuji’s brand of Oval rims and whatever else. I think the price difference is $ 20-70 that the Fuji is higher priced. That $ 20-70 goes towards wheel truing and adjustments that a LBS has to do for an internet bike. Trust me, you want to have any bike trued & adjusted, you’ll feel the difference immediately.

  41. I have a client that is interested in designing/manufacturing 100-200 bicycles based on specific guidelines. Would someone be able to suggest a contact at any of the major US bike manufacturers that might be able to help me?

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