Touring VS Bikepacking Bikes: What Are The Actual Differences?
How is a bikepacking bike different to a touring bike? Is it just the bags? Or is there something unique about the bikes themselves?
I can already sense the keyboard warriors informing me that you can go touring or bikepacking on any bike. While that’s 100% true, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t optimise a bike for our purposes. After all, you could drive a Ferrari around the world, but is that really the best car for the job at hand?
This article will be a comprehensive overview of the eight bike distinctions that separate a touring vs bikepacking bike.
1. Bikepacking Bikes Are Less Overbuilt
Touring bikes are designed to handle very heavy loads. The safety test protocol for most touring and bikepacking frames is usually around a rider and equipment weight of between 125 and 136kg – but this testing sets a floor, not a ceiling. While bikepacking bikes are designed closer to the minimum, top-tier touring bikes are regularly designed.... Continue Reading at Cycling About