by Benni

The Bike: Tout Terrain Scrambler

Tout Terrain sounds French, but is actually a German brand situated in Freiburg. I was able to visit the production facility in January. The frames come from Italy and are varnished in Germany. Afterwards the bikes are been equipped as desired by the costumer.

Tout Terrain only builds steel frames. I chose steel, as it offers great comfort and durability on longer trips. The powder coating guards the steel from rust and corrosion. Only titanium would probably suit me better, but that was just too expensive.

With its geometry the Scrambler is something in between a MTB and a touring bike – exactly the right thing to leave the heavy used and paved roads from time to time and discover the backcountry.

The tyres are 27,5 inch in size. Many world cyclists praise their 26 inch wheels, as you find replacement for them everywhere. It seems to me that this is changing though. Additionally it doesn’t help you much finding replacement for your broken tyre somewhere in Africa and having to replace it after some hundred kilometers again. That’s why I prefer to carry a bit more spare parts on my own.

The Components

  • Shifting system: Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 with belt drive
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 disc brakes
  • Saddle: Brooks C17 Cambium
  • Light: Supernova E3
  • Dynamo charger USB: Forumslader
  • Rack: Tubus Vega Evo
  • Mounting system on the frame: King Cage Manything Cage
  • Handlebars: SQ-Lab 30X
  • Aerobar: Syntace C3
  • Tyres: Maxxis Ardent 2,25