Tout Terrain offers a wide range of high quality frames for touring, commuting, and adventuring by bike. With so many options, it can be challenging to determine which frame is best for your riding style and intended usage. “Tout Terrain” means all-terrain in French, and the name correlates with a design philosophy that their bicycles can be used in a variety of situations and cover a variety of uses. In some cases, multiple model names apply to the same frame, and indicate different wheel sizes or other features. Here’s a quick guide to help you make sense of the offerings.
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This decked-out Soma Wolverine was built for a customer in San Jose, CA. The rider was looking for a rugged commuter bike that would be efficient on his daily trips to work, but would also offer the versatility to enjoy longer tours on the weekend and even a few cycling-oriented vacations. Soma’s Wolverine frame fit the bill as a sturdy option that is affordable, works well with a Rohloff hub, and is belt-ready.
In 2016, Rohloff introduced a new version of their renowned SPEEDHUB 500/14 14-speed internal gear hub that works with through axle frames. Dubbed the SPEEDHUB A12, Rohloff offers versions to fit frames with 12x142, 12x148, 12x177, and 12x197mm spacing. The SPEEDHUB A12 is nearly identical to the standard Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14, with the exception of how the hub connects to the frame.
This classically-styled commuter belongs to a local Bay Area customer who was looking for the convenience and reliability of modern components like dynamo lighting and internal gearing for his vintage-inspired Rivendell Sam Hillborne frame.
Belt drive systems from Gates Carbon Drive offer a multitude of advantages over traditional, chain-driven drivetrains: Belts do not rust or require lubrication, offering year-round reliability with minimal mess and virtually no upkeep. You can simply wipe ‘em down after a messy ride and immediately be ready to roll again—no chain cleaner or removal necessary. Belts also last 5-10x longer than most chains and don’t stretch. As a result, belts and sprockets tend to wear at the same (significantly slower) rate.
New Rohloff users often find themselves wondering which size front or rear sprockets to use with a SPEEDHUB 500/14 or how to compare different Rohloff gearing setups with a derailleur bike. Rohloff gearing can be easily compared to external gearing using the internal gear ratios for the SPEEDHUB and the size of the front and rear sprockets.
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Having a frame that perfectly fits your riding style and body type can make the difference between a bike that motivates you to get out and ride often and one that sits in the corner gathering dust. Changing a half a degree on a tube angle or a quarter inch of a tube length can completely alter how a bike rides and feels. (This might be too bold of a statement. Run this by Carmen and Tyler and see what they think. I am more inclined to say something like "relatively small changes in ........ can make a noticeable difference in how a bike rides and feels".