THE ARAVIS - My new rough-stuff/touring machine - Summer 2011

It was time to replace my old rough-stuff bike which was now nearly 10yrs old and looking it's age -  I wanted something a bit more up to date and designed for the use I was going to put it to. A custom built frame would have been ideal but was out of the question due to the price so I had to do a bit of research to decide what frame would be suitable. It wasn't long before I spotted a nearly-new older-model Aravis 'Super Tourist' and snapped it up at a bargain price - a little bit of touching-up with an artist's paint brush and the frame looked like new again! The frame is TIG-welded from Reynolds '631' with a sloping top tube to give good stand-over clearance and has a host of braze-on's including cantilever bosses, front and rear rack mounts, 3 sets of bottle-cage mounts etc. The beefy front forks look strong with plenty of mud clearance made for the modern A-Head style of headset. The components are a combination of road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike styles to give to correct strength, gearing, braking and position required for all-day riding over rough tracks and mountainside.

Subject to testing in the wilds of Mid-Wales I feel that this machine should last me out the rest of my rough-stuff career!

The spec:

Some of the components came off my old bike but most were new.

Frame  - Aravis 'Super Tourist' TIG welded from Reynolds '631'
Headset - Cane Creek.
Wheels  - Shimano 9-speed 'Deore' hubs with Mavic 'T217' -  700c rims - handbuilt.
Chainset - Truvative GXP with 39/27 rings.
Pedals  - Shimano SPD
Saddle - San Marco 'Rolls'
Seatpost - budget 'System EX'
Pannier racks - Tubus 'Cargo' front and Tubus 'Tara' rear.
Brakes - Tektro cantilevers CR720
Brake levers - Tektro RL340
Front derailleur - Shimano 'Alivio'
Rear derailleur - Shimano '105'
Tyres -  Scwalbe 'Marathon' - 700c x 32..
Gear levers - Shimano 'Dura Ace' 9 speed.
Bars and stem - budget 'Exotic' aluminium.

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