The Ridgeback Expedition is a very affordable flat bar classic. A beefy, bomproof expedition mount with a butted Reynolds 520 steel frame (same as 525, but made under quality-controlled licence in Taiwan), heavy duty 26" wheels, high quality Shimano components, mudguards, rack and it even comes with a frame pump.
The Expedition is made for the purpose of carrying large loads for long distances on all sorts of terrain. A steel frame and fat tyres on 26" wheels will take anything thrown at 'em, laden with whatever. The Shimano Alivio / Deore 27speed transmission is extremely low-geared: a 46-36-26 chainset, 11-36 rear cassette and a 26" wheel make for a bottom gear of less than 19" - enough to get you and your clobber up any col or mountain pass. Coming down, you have the no-nonsense reassurance of Promax mechanical disc brakes.
Steel frames are ideal for touring bikes for several reasons. The inherent high strength of steel is a no-brainer for a bike that is likely to be laden front and rear. The inherent springiness (modus of elasticity in geek-speak) of steel also means that long rides are less jarring and more comfortable. This elasticity also ensures that the frame is less likely to break during use with heavy loads (fatigue strength in geek-speak). It's possible to make aluminium strong enough to cope with touring loading cycles, but it's difficult to make it as comfortable.
If you want faster you'll be looking at the Voyage or its stable mate, the Panorama, but nothing will be tougher at this price. A lot of bike for this price.
As well as touring, this bike would also make a very dependable, everyday hack bike - as long as you're not in a hurry.
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Ridgeback's World range is a group of bikes for people who quite simply want to travel. The modern embodiment of the British tradition of bikes made for the open road. Characterised by traditional geometry frames with drop handlebars, these bikes will give you the confidence to plan to go further afield. Whether you're planning to trundle along the byways of these islands, you've booked a day long sportive, or you're planning a year-long self-supported epic, there's a bike here for you.
As we have come to expect from Ridgeback, the bikes in the World range are equipped with sensible components unencumbered by fad or fashion. We love these purposeful steel bikes.
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