Tout Terrain Silkroad


Price: Silkroad from $2,800 from Peter White Cycles. (Also, check out the full-suspension Panamerican model)
Specs: Steel frame, built in Germany. Integrated rear rack. Disc brakes. Deore LX gearing system. Brooks B17 saddle. Designed to carry 160kg of bike, rider and luggage.
Who has used it: Billy Fehr
Upsides: Wonderful build quality and the integrated rear rack means a few less moving parts to come loose.
Downsides: Disc brakes only, which can be prone to damage if your bike takes a tumble. An integrated rear rack also means you can’t take it off if you need to pack the bike for shipping.
For more information: Tout Terrain Website

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One Response to “Tout Terrain Silkroad”

  1. Mythtickle says:

    I have completed 2 short trips on my Tout Terrain Silkroad and it performed almost faultlessly. The only problem I had was a broken gear cable inside the Rohloff gear pulley housing, but I suspect it was due to me installing non-standard cables. The bike is comfortable and stable at speed, whether fully laden or unladen.
    I bought the frame (size XL) and components separately and assembled it myself, so it is not exactly a standard Silkroad but is essentially the same as the higher spec model.
    Of course the frame is the core of any bike and I am very confident about this bike’s capacity for comfortable, reliable, long distance touring. I cannot make comparisons with other touring bikes as it is the only one I have ridden.
    I chose the Silkroad after carefully considering the attributes of all the touring bikes I could find on the internet, including those of Thorn.
    The brakes and rear carrier have been mentioned by some as potential weaknesses in the Silkroad design. Personally, I prefer hydraulic disc brakes for their superior performance in any weather and on any kind of road. I’m willing to carry basic spares and a small bottle of brake fluid in case of minor problems.
    So far, my Shimano M665 brakes have been totally reliable and trouble free. Their performance is effortless and confidence inspiring. I don’t think the risk of a damaged rotor is any greater than that of a bent wheel rim, and arguably less so. Shimano’s newer rotors with rigid chassis are much stronger than basic pressed steel ones.
    The integrated rear carrier is very strong and not being removable has never been a problem for me. With pedals and front wheel removed and tied to the frame, the whole bike fits inside a box measuring 140x78x18cm (55x31x7″), compact enough to load as checked baggage on plane or bus.
    On both trips I used a Brooks B17 Titanium saddle and it was very good. Always looking for improvements in performance and comfort, I’ll probably use a Flyer Special on my next trip. It is significantly heavier but the extra comfort afforded by springs should be worthwhile.
    The Silkroad is definitely worthy of consideration by anyone looking for a strong, comfortable, reliable touring bike, especially when equipped with a Rohloff Speedhub. It isn’t cheap but it is well designed and built for long haul touring.

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