Cycle touring is a great way to experience the world, and having the right ride to realise your first cycling adventure is an important decision, especially when you are ready to make a bigger investment.
There are plenty of great affordable touring bikes out there on the market but (check out our guide to the best touring bikes under £1,000 here) here we’re looking at the best higher-end touring bikes. These models will often feature higher-spec components focused on durability and reliability.
1) Cinelli Bootleg Hobo
Prices from: £1150
More info: bootleg.it
Cinelli are better known for their awesome track-bike range, but this touring machine shouldn’t from the Italian outfit shouldn’t be overlooked. With a classic look featuring bar-end shifters, this is a touring bike to be seen riding. Schedule yourself a couple of weeks cycling across Europe and this machine will serve you well!
2) Salsa Fargo
Prices from: £1400
More info: salsacycles.com
This bike has evolved heavily since its inception eight years ago and is now more set-up for off-road adventures. However it is another great all-rounder with the ability to mount 29er tyres for a weekend in the mountains, or strap on the panniers and take it to the road on your next cycle tour.
3) Genesis Tour de Fer
Prices from: £1500
More info: genesisbikes.co.uk
This workhorse touring bike from Genesis is the bigger brother of the nimble Croix de Fer model. Featuring disc brakes, racks, mudguards, and even dynamo powered headlights, all you need to do is ride!
4) Cannondale Touring
Prices from: £2100
More info: cannondale.com
If you are into your high-end groupsets, then this bike is definitely the one for you. Featuring Shimano Ultegra, and a sportier appearance, this is a touring bike you wouldn’t mind taking on your local club run.
5) Oxford Bike Works Rohloff Tourer
Prices from: £2700
More info: oxfordbikeworks.co.uk
The first on the list with featuring the legendary Rohloff Hub, a sealed set of gears that require virtually no maintenance, and have a host of other benefits. With the quintessentially English design, this ride will look great on these cycle routes in the UK. Whilst at the steep end of this price category, this touring bike will be a worthwhile investment when durability and longevity are in mind.
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