8bar’s new steel Pankow touring bike strikes a versatile balance between everyday functionality and all-terrain capability. A steel touring bike is certainly nothing new, but 8bar’s Pankow looks to mix all the best of modern adventure-ready bikepacking gravel bikes with the classics of loaded world tours – all at a super affordable price! 8bar Pankow steel gravel & road tourer
c. 8bar, photos by Stefan Haehnel The new 8bar Pankow is a low-cost reinterpretation of the classic touring bike. Technically there’s nothing super revolutionary here, or at least not many tech details that you can’t find on some modern gravel bikes or even a few modern touring bikes. But in a frame that costs just 400€ and is almost infinitely customizable from frame to framesets to complete dropbar or flat bar builds – there really isn’t a lot that this bike cannot do.
8bar calls it “a true pack mule”. But it’s really a lot more than that because of how easily 8bar’s online customizer lets you pick and choose solid, affordable & functional components, or even go down the road of custom paint too. Road touring, city commuting, or gravel adventures
8bar made a name for themselves by evolving low-cost cool urban fixies into more functional city bikes. And then leveraging that versatility into affordable road , gravel & adventure bikepacking bikes. Now they’re taking it to a next-level with this affordable touring bike that balances 50/50 on and off-road with happy medium relaxed geometry between road & gravel.