Charlie says: Bikepacking, or rather “saddle tramping” as I prefer to call it, is just like being Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, but without the slavery side of it, and…
Cairn Cycles – part of The Rider Firm that also makes Hunt Wheels and Privateer Bikes – produced one of the first e-gravel bikes we experienced, the Adventure 1.0. We’ve followed it from prototype through to production and testing, and as Cairn opens up the books for pre-orders on the second generation model we sat down with Matt Barnard and Mike Sanderson to find out what developments there have been since our test. Spoiler: they’ve done a lot to answer our post-test wish list!
As well as the technical changes that have been made to the bike, we also stray into the state of the bicycle market and supply chain. With Mike – formerly of Calibre Bikes – now at the Rider Firm, he was ideally placed to give us some insight into the ordering and manufacture process. Why is the Cairn Adventure 1.0 staying the same price as last year when other brands are putting up their costs? Should you pre-order a bike or risk bagging one when they’re actually here? And what might be coming next from Cairn? Tune in to find out.
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