2015 is your year for adventure. Weekend warriors and seasoned veterans are ditching the pavement and heading into the wild. Whether you're looking at a gravel gran fondo, an overnight camping trip, or a transcontinental ride, here's five bikes that will get you 'out there' in 2015.
Salsa Vaya - The Vaya 2 takes everything great about the Vaya 3, and adds in Shimano's 105 11 speed drivetrain. With a triple chainring up front and 11 speeds in the rear, the Vaya 2 has all the gears you need to climb the mountain, or speed across the plains.
Salsa Fargo - The Salsa Fargo is Salsa's off-road adventure bike and comes in either Steel or Titanium. The bike is designed with a flexible platform accommodating a wide array of builds that can handle single-track, bike-packing, and off-road touring. The Fargo 3 build is a great choice for riders that want a tough, flexible, off-road adventure platform.
Ride Endpoint Coffee Grinder - One bike for every century, commute, camping trip, gravel crusher, gran fondo, or just getting out there and seeing where the road ends. You might find yourself needing fewer bikes in the garage after riding this machine.
Specialized AWOL - The AWOL is an affordable go anywhere, do anything bike. Capable of heavy touring, off-road riding and just ripping around the city as a rugged commuter the AWOL's steel frame has mounts to carry anything you might need for that next adventure.
Surly Long Haul Trucker - "Over the years our Long Haul Trucker touring frame and complete bike has developed a devoted following. People understand and appreciate the LHT’s dependability and everyday riding comfort, whether they’re cruising to the store or lost in the middle of nowhere." Not much more to be said about this favorite of so many adventure riders.
Featured Bike: Specialized x Poler AWOL
The AWOL is Specialized's go anywhere, do anything bike. This past year saw the release of this awesome collaboration between Specialized and camp vibes experts Poler Stuff. The limited edition Poler x AWOL frame comes with a full Apex build, front rack and pannier bags at a $2000 price point. The bike was put through its paces in the 360 mile Oregon outback ride a few months back and passed with flying colors. This bike is in stock in size Medium and Large and is ready to take your next adventure in 2015.
( Photo Credit: PolerStuff.com )