Keep going. Don’t give up. Stay ahead of the pack. Anyone who is chasing a distant goal has to work hard.
This was our starting point when designing this expedition-ready touring bike: stainless-steel frame and Pinion gears meet as a superlative bike that is almost indestructible.
Every explorer benefited from the technical developments of their time. Does your internal compass also point towards adventure? We have built a bike that you can climb onto in front of your front door, and a few weeks later be crossing the Arctic Circle.
Designed for: day rides, mountain touring, expeditions – on snow, sand, or mud
This is no bike for anyone with a fear of committing to a relationship. The Rennstahl 853 MTB Derailleur defies anything its rider may subject it to – and will continue to do so over the years that come. But its ultimate willingness to comply makes it the perfect life partner.
Designed for: touring, mountain trails, everyday use
The Rennstahl 853 MTB Pinion, with its centrally-positioned internal gear system, is certainly the kind of bike that turns heads. But it’s not just for show: with its array of fine details, it is ideal for a wide range of uses.
“For me, having derailleur gears on a bike is about common sense, rather than price – because in an emergency, you can get spare parts in even the most remote locations.”
Holger Schaarschmidt, 33, experienced world bike-tourer
Always on the go, never stressed. The Rennstahl 853 Reiserad touring bike, built from Reynolds 853 steel, is the perfect choice for riders who are looking for a lively bike that will get them quickly where they need to go in everyday use, but also gives them the option of undertaking long tours. A thoroughbred expedition bike with ultra-tough Rohloff or Pinion gears probably isn’t right; the Reiserad Derailleur is significantly lighter, cheaper – and perhaps a little faster and more versatile, for it too offers the possibility of switching between 650B and 700C wheels. And a back wheel with an 11-speed cassette is of course far cheaper than one with a Rohloff hub. Sporty, easy-rolling 700Cs might be preferred for everyday use, with the option of swapping in 650Bs with larger, off-road compatible tyres for touring.
With disc brakes, a top-quality SON headlamp and lightweight Syntace components, the 853 Tourer is equipped to a very high standard. The gears can be built around one, two or three chain rings, according to how many mountains the bike is likely to see, and it can be supplied with a Tubus rack and low-riders, for long distance trips. The rear dropouts feature separate braze-ones for rack and mudguards, which mean that shorter bolts can be used – bringing greater durability.
The frame is built from air-hardened Reynolds 853 steel and treated with cathodic electro deposition prior to painting, which makes the frame extremely resistant to corrosion. The matching steel fork gives excellent vibration absorption, which means a comfortable ride.
The 44mm steering tube provides excellent front-end stability; the tried-and-tested BSA bottom bracket standard aids sourcing of parts. Adjustable dropouts make it easy to fit both 650B and 700C wheels.
As well as the standard build with Syntace components, a Titanium package is available, using Falkenjagd parts. A further option is the Tune Components package, available in a range of anodised colours.
Finishing touches include a SON Edelux II headlamp with SON hub dynamo, rack and low-riders from Tubus and SKS-Bluemels mudguards.