2018 Philly Bike Expo: Winter Bicycles S&S 27.5 Dirt Tourer – Jarrod Bunk

2018 Philly Bike Expo: Winter Bicycles S&S 27.5 Dirt Tourer
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk

Versatility, that would be a word that would sum up this bike fairly well.  It’s a Cerakote-coated S&S dirt rando touring machine from Winter Bicycles out of Nittany Pennsylvania. RuthWorks teamed up on the bags to complete a package that is totally integrated so that the Ultralight Randonneur bag is free of a decaleur. Along with beautiful handmade racks to distribute an even load this bike even has bolt-in frame bag compatibility along with three pack bosses on the fork legs to let this dirt rando bike switch between traditional bags as well as a more of a bikepacking setup.  With 27.5 x 2.6″ clearance, this bike can tackle the road less traveled.  Full internal dynamo wiring with quick disconnects, as well a Sinewave Cycles beacon make for a very clean setup that allows for plenty of off-grid touring.

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  • Froste

    This is a thing of beauty. I was ogling this thing a couple of days ago at its home in San Francisco. Everything about this bike is just perfect.

  • Dr J

    Awesome bike! Is this frame fillet-brazed? So smooth…
    The S&S couplers blend-in so well they are almost invisible.
    The only thing I’m unsure about is gearing. Seems a bit limited for a tourer.
    This things is likely not feather-light but honestly who cares.

  • Matt Meko

    The cerakote plus whatever finish they used on the racks (truck bed liner?) really conveys an air of durability. The only thing with color anodizing is the lamp (refreshing). Lamp matches the bags and logo in way that works in a nice understated way.

    I like how minimal the rear rack is. I wonder if there are some specific intended uses they had in mind with that?

  • YaanG

    Great detail work on this frame. What happens with the rear cables and wiring when you uncouple the frame? Normally cable splitters are used but I don’t see any here.

    • They’re internal.

    • Eric

      Rather than run hydro splitters, both calipers just roll up with the bars for packing. Since the derailleur buddies on a split braze on, I set it up to roll to the bars as well. Saves it from dangling, removes one layer of complication, and allows all of the expensive finicky bits to be packed padded in your clothing luggage. Easy peesy.

  • W. Bradford Williams

    Stunning bike. I really love the bag integration. With custom bikes and the great bag makers out there this is really the way to go in my mind.

  • Brian Richard Walbergh

    Eric builds some of the most considered bikes out there. Even at his flashiest they still beg to be ridden, wish he was still down the road in Eugene.

  • djconnel

    Amazing.

  • Peter Hedman

    Sweet lord – Cerakote FTW. Also, thank you for using a proper sized headtube. 10/10 would shred.

  • Jason Rides Bikes

    If I’m not mistaken (and please correct me if I’m wrong), that is a direct mount derailleur hanger, yet the direct mount bracket assembly is still on the derailleur?? Honestly curious how this shifts, wouldn’t mind trying it out myself if it works ok.

    • AaronBenjamin

      Nope, that’s a regular old derailleur hanger and a regular old derailleur. No direct mount.

      • Jason Rides Bikes

        I guess the amount of kickback is what is throwing me off there. None of my bikes have so much kickback, and the only one I had was the Surly Instigator with the direct mount MDS chip that was kicked back that far.

  • AaronBenjamin

    Oh man, this thing is so nice. Normally this type of bike turns out ugly as sin, but this is balanced, and the finishes are so well-considered. 10/10 would utterly disregard the existence of SRAM again.

  • George T Rosselle

    Neat looking bike. But I bet you won’t ride far with saddle angled like that.

    • Show bikes usually get built in the zero hour, so things like saddle angles often get misangled. I can’t tell you how many I fix at NAHBS.

  • CanAmSteve

    Nice racks. I have a similar 29er S&S Ti bike. Are hydro-splitters real? I’ve yet to find any in the wild. So from a previous comment it seems you just clip the cable ties and roll up the RD and rear caliper? And which electric disconnects for the rear lamp?

  • Michael

    So freakin good.

  • Ben Black

    The set up for the rear dynamo light in terms of both the cable routing and the integration with the brake caliper fitting is a thing of beauty. So is the Cerakote coating just seeing it made me assume that this was a titanium frame!