German bike brand, Bombtrack, know what it takes to make an adventure bike after their steel Hook EXT bike stood out in the Torino-Nice rally, a 700km off road bike packing race.
Not happy resting on their laurels, Bombtrack decided to take their tried and tested Hook EXT and create a carbon version for riders who are looking for a lighter and stiffer ride when out in the back country.
The adventure-cum-touring bike is built like it’s steel version to take a lot of abuse with the frame clearance for riders to use 650b tyres and up with the potential to fit 27.5 x 2.2in/700 x 54c hoops, making any terrain seems feasible.
Brand ambassador Joachim Rosenlund, who took part in Torino-Nice, took to the Scottish Highlands as he took on the Highland Trail 550. Despite the name, the ride is 560 miles long as it loops through the northern highlands of Scotland.
The bike, like it’s steel sister, can handle almost anything the great bike packing outdoors can through at it. However, the geometry has seen a few revisions from its steel predecessor with a shorter reach and higher stack for a more comfortable fit.
With a monocoque fork and thru axle wheel compatibility, the fork is legit but then you realise that it has as many eyelets as any intrepid bikepacker would need. Perfect for attaching all the panniers you could need.
Built specifically with SRAM 1x systems, any of you who fancy chucking a double chainring on there shouldn’t be alarmed as the new carbon version and it’s steel associate now feature enough room to do just that.
The carbon built up bike weighs a lot less to0, coming in at 9.4kg (Medium) for a complete bike compared to the steel version which sits at 11.1kg, saving you 1.7kg out on the road. However, it isn’t cheap coming in at €3000 (~£2600) while the steel version is sitting pretty at £2,300.
We may be road aficionados but we know when to appreciate a bike that can take on the gnarliest of rides.
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