Touring bikes can be as varied as the terrain they cover, here we look at a light and fast bike for racking up decent distances in speed and comfort.
While Cannondale may be known for their mountain bike aluminium expertise, their heritage is also in travelling the open road - their very first bike was a tourer back in 1983. Weighing in at £1,200, the Touring Ultra ruffles tradition with the likes of hydraulic brakes and a Headshok front suspension fork.
Bath-based Robin Mather, a young framebuilder and keen tourer with a growing reputation for building unique bikes, is flying the custom flag. This model showcases a personalised frame with hand-picked components, at a cost of £2,515. FrameBeing fully custom, each Mather frame will fit its rider to a tee, with a choice of tubesets to suit.
Somerset-based Thorn have built themselves an enviable name when it comes to touring bikes, and their designer, Andy Blance, sets off on his own trips in South America and Australasia each year to hone designs.