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Before discussing features that make a great all-rounder
bike, a discussion of what an all-rounder bike must do is important.
All-rounder riding takes many forms.
The ultimate Rough Rider all-rounder provides efficient transportation
for a variety of mixed terrain and surfaces. Whether Alpine Touring
or Mountain Cross racing, this bike must handle easily on dirt road
or single track and pavement. Long distances are common when riding
rough, but weight is important for climbing and the occasional bike
haul over obstacles. Rough Riders sometimes carry moderate loads well.
Of course a bike that meets these needs will likey be a good all-rounder
for commuting and other general riding.
for traveling on a variety of mixed terrrain and surfaces
to carry over apline obstacles
for longer distances in rough terrain
to carry moderate loads
an all-rounder can that handles riding rough may seem like a daunting
task. But current bicycle technology likely provides the most versatile
design platform available. It should be remembered that all-rounder
design is a balance of sometimes competing concerns.
Drakkar is a great example of a new generation
of bikes designed for Rough Riding. Ultimately, any real all-rounder
is best built up from a frame. Rawland sells frames only.