Ad­ven­ture Road Bikes

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - GEAR -

MEC Provin­cial Road 233 $2,800

mec’s ver­sa­tile Provin­cial Road bike gets an up­date to make it even bet­ter than be­fore. The 233 is a Colum­bus Spirit steel frame avail­able in six sizes from ex­tra, ex­tra small to ex­tra large. Each is matched to car­bon fork with alu­minum steerer tube. Keep­ing things sim­ple, the Provin­cial Road 233 uses a sram Ri­val 1 x 11 driv­e­train that makes use of the com­pany’s huge 11–42 tooth cas­sette. Stop­ping power for the 233’s Eas­ton ea70sl wheels wrapped in 35c Clement X’plor tires comes from the Ri­val hy­draulic discs. An mec car­bon seat­post, with Fab­ric Scoop Shal­low Elite sad­dle on top, and ea70 stem and han­dle­bar round out the build. ( mec.ca)

No. 22 Bi­cy­cles Aurora $6,300 (frame­set)

The made-in-the-u.s.a. Aurora from be­spoke, Toronto-based ti­ta­nium frame builder No. 22 is de­signed to ride as good as it looks. The hand­crafted Ti disc frame is mated to a car­bon seat mast that stretches from just above the bot­tom bracket right up to the top­per for mount­ing your sad­dle. The car­bon disc fork, along with the frame, have thru-axle de­signs and flat brake mounts. The price in­cludes a Cane Creek head­set and a raw fin­ish on the frame, though an­odiz­ing is avail­able as an add-on. ( 22bi­cy­cles.com)

Norco Search C Ul­te­gra $4,799

With disc brakes, clear­ance for 35c tires and a com­fort­able, yet ef­fi­cient frame de­sign, the Search C is de­signed for rid­ers who don’t want to be con­fined to as­phalt alone. Pow­er­ing the car­bon frame is Shi­mano’s Ul­te­gra 6800 driv­e­train and the bike rolls on DT Swiss X392 rims with DT Swiss 350 thru-axle hubs. Stop­ping power comes from the Shi­mano rs805 hy­draulic disc brakes. Norco pro­vides its own seat­post, stem and han­dle­bar to the build, which is topped off with a wtb Volt Pro sad­dle. Avail­able in a strik­ing green and dark grey colour scheme, the Search C comes in seven sizes from 45.5 cm to 60.5 cm. ( norco.com)

Ri­d­ley X-trail CR50 $3,750

When you need a sin­gle bike to do ev­ery­thing, the Ri­d­ley X-trail cr50 is a good op­tion. Com­fort­able on a road, a gravel path or a cy­clocross course, the X-trail uses a car­bon fork and asym­met­ri­cal car­bon frame with a bridge­less seat­stay de­sign that al­low for massive 38c tire clear­ance. The Shi­mano 105 driv­e­train and hy­draulic disc brakes are a good com­bi­na­tion of value, per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity in a bike de­signed to han­dle all con­di­tions. Alex Draw 1.9S rims on For­mula hubs and a se­lec­tion of Ri­d­ley’s 4za cock­pit com­po­nents fin­ish off the build. The frame is avail­able in six sizes from ex­tra, ex­tra small to ex­tra large. ( mec.ca)—dan­dakin

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