What does the future of bikepacking look like? Well, if Loris’ Project Klin is any indication, it will be a lot more integrated. As their entry for the 2021 Concours de Machines, Loris took this year’s bikepacking theme and truly ran with it, coming up with this incredible concept bike in the process. While the bikepacking theme is fairly straight forward, there were quite a few requirements for each entry . Basically, you needed to create a hand built bike with enough storage to be totally self sufficient, for 2-3 days. That includes the ability to store or generate your own electricity, boil water, leave no trace, contact rescue, follow GPS tracks, etc. You know, basically what everyone should be able to do on a bikepacking trip—although the requirements continue with details like “the bike must fit in a 1200mm long and 900mm high suitcase or bag, and minimise the width” to follow the SNCF French train policy for a car-free journey.
All of this is to say that these bikes must be able to actually be used in addition to their incredible looks.
Loris says they realize that most people still only bikepack a few times a year, so they wanted to create a bike that would be fun to ride year-long without the luggage. So they opted for a 27.5+ platform with modern geometry and short chainstays.
The gorgeous frame is made from carbon fiber and features a one-piece fork/stem/bar up front that has quite a unique headtube assembly. The […]