Co-Motion’s Americano model is designed primarily for long distance touring and is made from custom Reynolds steel tubing. The frameset is designed to be extremely robust, with large diameter tubing ensuring that the frame won’t feel soft or flexy when heavily loaded. The geometry is fairly typical for a touring bike, with medium-long chainstays for a more stable ride and improved heel to pannier clearance. The seated riding position is somewhat more upright compared to a typical drop bar road racing bike for increased comfort during long days in the saddle.
This is the Rohloff-version of the Americano, which is built specifically to accommodate the Rohloff SPEEDHUB and Gates belt drive system. It features a Rohloff OEM left side dropout, Rohloff-specific cable routing, and an eccentric bottom bracket. Co-Motion also offers the frame in a more travel friendly version with S&S couplers for packing into a smaller case, dubbed “Co-Pilot”.
The wheels feature Velocity Dyad rims, a versatile option which is popular for commuting and touring applications. Velocity rims are a favorite at Cycle Monkey because they are made in the USA, are high quality, and offer a wide range of options. These Dyad rims were laced to a DT Swiss 540 front disc hub and a Rohloff SPEEDHUB in the rear. Sapim Race spokes and Brass nipples were chosen for their quality and strength. Once the wheels were trued, tensioned, and stress relieved, we mounted Schwalbe’s Kojak slick tread tires.
The Rohloff hub and belt drive configuration was a hit among the visitors at the hand-built show. Many of the NAHBS guests are early adopters for new and unique components like the SPEEDHUB and belt drive system. The SPEEDHUB and Gates combo has earned a reputation as the most favorable drivetrain solution among adventure and trekking tourists. On a long trip, a robust drivetrain is paramount, since a rider may be far from the nearest bike shop for long periods of time. Racking up miles day after day can put a lot of wear and tear on a drivetrain and cause it to fail much sooner than it would under more typical riding conditions. The SPEEDHUB uses a series of hardened steel gearwheels that can easily withstand such high volume use. Likewise, the Gates Carbon Drive belt system offers a noticeable improvement in lifespan over a metal chain, making it a great compliment for unsupported trips.
Since this bike is designed for long days in the saddle, many of the components were chosen for their ergonomics and durability. Selle Anatomica’s Titanico X leather saddle has a cutout that creates a flexible “hammock” design which flexes to conform to a rider’s body and is comfortable to sit on with or without padded shorts. Co-Motion's own Rohloff-specific twist shifter, mounted on the flat section of the drop bars, allows for shifting from a more upright position. Co-Motion created this shifter specifically to fit the top section of drop bars, since Rohloff's shifter must use an adapter to fit on the ends of drop bars and requires the rider to reach down to shift. Shimano’s SPD Trekking pedals, which have one flat side and one clipless side, ensure that the bike can be pedaled comfortably with or without clipless riding shoes.
As a touring bike, the Co-Motion is also equipped with Tubus front and rear racks and Ortlieb handlebar bag and panniers. These bags are all made from high quality, tear resistant fabric and are water proof in case of wet roads or rain. The racks position the weight in a balanced orientation that won’t negatively affect the bike’s handling – especially on the front, where mounting the weight low improves stability. Together, the bags’ capacity is large enough to carry all your gear for a multi-week trip.
This eye-catching Co-Motion was a hit at NAHBS, and we fielded many questions from show-goers. If you are considering a touring bike of your own, contact us to see what we can build up for you.
• Frame: Co-Motion Americano
• Fork: Co-Motion Americano
• Headset: Chris King
• Stem: FSA OS 150
• Handlebar: FSA Omega Compact
• Shifter: Co-Motion
• Grips: Black Bartape
• Seat post: Co-Motion
• Saddle: Selle Anatomica Titanico X
• Seat Clamp: Co-Motion
• Front Hub: DT 540
• Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14
• Spokes: Sapim Race
• Nipples: Sapim Brass
• Rims: Velocity Dyad
• Tires: Schwalbe Kojak
• Cranks: FSA V-Drive
• Pedals: Shimano XT Touring
• Bottom Bracket: FSA
• Chain ring: Gates Carbon Drive
• Rear Sprocket: Gates Carbon Drive
• Chain: Gates Carbon Drive
• Brakes & Levers: Cane Creek SCR-5 levers, Avid BB_7 Road calipers
• Rotors: Magura Storm rear, Avid front
• Extras: Tubus Logo Evo rear rack, Tubus Tara front rack, Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic panniers, Ortlieb Barit handlebar bag