Our Santos Hero Gunther Desmedt (Belgium) is a true bikepacking legend. He is a regular at major international bikepacking races like Tour Divide, Arizona & Colorado Trail, TransContinental Race and did 2300 off-road kilometers during his Race to the Rock participation in Australia.
"Take some good clothes, make a small plan, don't be too ambitious, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and just go."
He packs light, takes only the essentials. Food and drinks to reach the next stop, a couple of energy bars for extra power. His bike is ready to go wherever he wants to go. Either for a weekend trip, microadventure or an extreme race on the other side of the world. It’s about the challenge, longing for adventure and chasing freedom.
The right bike is the one that fits your plans. So tell us!
Will it be a short weekend trip or race around the world? On- or offroad? Do you carry a tent and cooking stuff? Do you prefer a comfortable suspension fork or clean stable carbon one?
You need the answers to those questions to choose the right Santos frame/platform for your purpose. Need advice? We are here to help you.
Our Cross Lite bike enables a perfect platform to build a beast of a Bikepacking bike. It has enough clearance for big wheels (and mud...) and various options that suit your style.
If you are up to off-road hike-bike trips, the 4.29 is your bike. Light, strong and made for those muddy and rocky conditions.
Our Race Lite bike is light, fast and maintenance friendly. The ideal bike for endurance races like the Trans Continental Race.
As soon as you have chosen the right frame, it's time to customize! Do you want a dropbar or straight handlebar? Race- or turn-shifters? Head/rearlight and dynamo hub? All our bikes are Custombuilt. The platform, as how we see the frame, gives you a world of possibilities.
We would love to help you find your best configuration. For any advice, testriding or just a sneak peak, please call, email or visit one of our dealers. You can also make an oppointment at our factory.
Do you prefer a dropbar or a straight one? Make sure you choose the right handlebar, as your riding position can either make or break your trip... (How? Just test at one of our dealers!)
A dropbar gives you the opportunity to fit a bikepacking handlebar bag and has multiple riding positions. A straight handlebar on the other hand has other options for brakelevers and gives the bike a complete different look.
Your wishes determine the frame of your choice. Do you take a lot of luggage or just a few necessities? Do you prefer paved roads, unpaved or a combination of both? For every purpose there is a suitable frame. And did you know, your frame is available in more than 50 colors!
Choose the transmission you like. At Santos you can choose among a Rohloff speed hub, Pinion gear box or deraillers. Go for belt drive on the Rohloff and Pinion bikes.
Handlebars saddle, tyres, rims, fenders, brakes, lights, front fork, carriers; you can decide for yourself if you want them, which one you like to have and how you want them. Ánd you choose the color!