Well there you go, Taiwan made and distributor and retailer margins on all the Surly/Salsa QBP brands .
yea a Rohloff will have an Up front cost *, but once that is behind you will be good for a very long time,
with a bit of regular oil-changes and the occasional replacement cog .. it will go in any 135 wide
* found a 2nd hand hub for $800 ..
and a whole 3rd hand trekking bike with one , for $2K..
I have been looking for a 26" touring bike. I have a 700 LHT but toe overlap on the 56cm frame bothers me often due to my regular route. I have a troll, but it is set up for winter commuting and I wanted n+1. I looked seriously at the pangea. then I would look at the disc trucker. $470 for frame/fork vs just under $2k. What do you get for the money? High quality US made steel bike in a custom color and a kickstand plate. All that said, I still almost got it just because it is a very pretty bike. Then I remembered that most of my "touring" is to/from work. I just ordered the disc trucker frame.
Getting back to the video & the "pro cycle tourist"....wouldn't we love to be that guy with that job title!
yeah he sure is some cookie one of the best blaggers in the cycling world i reckon .free cloths free bikes free hotels free meals huh who the f..k would work when you can do all that.
or am i reading things all wrong jealious who me never.
His name is Darren Alff and I suppose you could call him a cycle-touring internet entrepreneur. I'm sure the Co-motion is a very fine bike but unless I win the lottery there's no way I'd consider buying one.
Originally Posted by antokelly
I've been following Darren Alff (The Bicycle Touring Pro - guy) for a while now. He is a very nice guy and he has one thing for sure. He has done a lot of bike touring throughout America, Europe, Africa, etc. He makes his living off this by selling books, etc but also has some sort of web-based business. I read a lot of his reviews and after all they are his personal point of view. If anyone wants to get a thorough review on the NWT from Bike Friday, Darren has made a pretty good one and he points the "Good" and the "Bad". Co-Motion is a very expensive bike but it's of high quality.
Like Darren, I travel the world quite a bit, but for different reasons. I wanted a high end bicycle that I would be able to bring on the aircraft with me, get out of the airport, put it together and start riding. I opted for the Surly LHT deluxe. I can fit it in a normal 62" case (L x W x H). I paid over $2400 (CAD) for my bike, but it's custom built with good parts. The frame was over $1000. I don't regret buying it and it serves my purpose very well. I wish it was a little easier to put together, but it's not a folding bike... The Co-Motion Pangea (the bike this guy has) is something similar, but a lot better than what I have. Is it worth $6000? Hmm I don't know... but when you do what he does, I think it's justified. His review looks good (from a promotional point of view), but that's because all his reviews are high quality... That's why people follow him on FB and follow his web-site..
Bicycle Touring Pro - How To Plan Your Next Bicycle Touring Adventure
So to answer your question. I think he's legit... but remember.. these are his own opinions...
P.S. here's a review of the Bike Friday... compare that to the video of the Co-Motion
The Ultimate Bike Friday New World Tourist Review