BikeRadar Score ★★★★☆ 4.5/5
A beautifully built and spec’ed beast of burden. The Silkroad comes with ﬂat bars and Rohloff’s expensive but superbly engineered 14-speed hub gear. And yes, the price tag is correct. It’s a lot of money but it’s worth it: Reﬁned, stylish, well made, very European and virtually faultlessfrom BikeRadar’s original 2009 review
- All steel frame, with oversize steel front fork for disc brake, and integral welded stainless steel rear rack
- Tout Terrain large size, with 26 inch wheels
- Shimano XTR front and rear hydraulic disc brakes
- Rohloff 14 speed hub gearing, with eccentric bottom bracket to eliminate chain tensioner
- Syntace adjustable VRO stem handlebars, and Syntace P6 seat post
- Son dynamo and B&M lights
- Well-thought-out details including welded bosses for cable runs and kickstand, stainless steel dropouts, handle bar rotation stop, and hidden lighting cables
- Powder coated in Anthracite Metallic colour, and clear top coated throughout (including over decals)
I bought this Silkroad in 2007, when it was one of the first imported into the UK. Since then the Silkroad has had amazing reviews (including BikeRadar, and Cycling Nomads), and exactly the same model been used on several round-the-world record attempts, and many other documented long distance tours.
I’m 5 ft 10 inches tall. I had a test ride on both the large and medium frame sizes at the CTC York Show in 2007, where Tout Terrain’s owner and designer, Oliver Römer, helped me decide on the large size. He said that it was actually a little big for me, but if I wasn’t uncomfortable, the longer wheelbase would give me a better ride. So that’s what I bought, and I’ve been very happy with this choice.
I’ve used it for only about 3 years, in the Hebrides, and around the Lake District, where I live. Since then it’s been stored in a warm, dry cellar, and given a short spin every couple of years.
It’s been well maintained, and the paintwork is excellent. There are no visible chips, or significant scuffs, except for some rubbing on the pannier supports (these are stainless, so this isn’t significant). The Rohloff hub hasn’t been serviced since I stopped using it, so it’ll need new oil.
The bike is sold as specified below, and as photographed (except there is also a Tubus front pannier rack included, which fits on mounting bosses on the Silkroad’s front forks).
The current list price for a new bike with a comparable spec is around £3,700!
But, I’d be really pleased to know my Silkroad is off on some new adventures, instead of being locked away in my cellar — so please make me an offer.
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- Frame: Steel Tout Terrain
- Size: Large, top tube length 595mm, seat tube length 560mm
- Wheels: 26 inch DT Swiss rims
- Rear rack: integral welded-on Tout Terrain stainless steel
- Front fork: Tout Terrain asymmetric steel fork
- Headset: Ritchey Logic
- Handlebar stop: Tout Terrain
- Stem: Syntace VRO
- Handlebar: Syntace 7075 VRO 16°
- Grips: Ergon
- Seatpost: Syntace P6 7075 27.2 mm
- Saddle: Fizik Rondine
- Crank, chainring: Stronglight
- Pedals: MKS
- Shifter: Rohloff
- Brake levers: Shimano LX
- Front disc: Shimano XT 180mm
- Rear disc: Shimano XT 160mm
- Front hub: SON Schmidt dynamo
- Rear hub: Rohloff Speedhub
- Rims: DT Swiss X 455
- Front spokes: DT Swiss Comp 2.0/1.8 black 32h
- Rear spokes: DT Swiss Comp 2.0/1.8 black 32h
- Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon 50mm
- Front light: Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Cyo R Senso Plus
- Rear light: Busch & Müller DToplight XS plus
- Mudguards: SKS custom , black
- Front rack: Tubus Lowrider (not in photographs)
- Kick stand: Plescher
- Current Tout Terrain English brochure, including frame size chart: https://cinq.de/media/pdf/ab/75/28/Fahrradkatalog_2018_Technik_E_RZ.pdf
- Bike Radar Silkroad review: https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/touring/product/review-tout-terrain-silkroad-custom-build-09-33984/
- Cycling Nomads Silkroad review: http://www.cycling-nomads.com/silk-road/silk-road/
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