Tout Terrain Silkroad II integrated rack touring bike gets a modern expedition overhaul

German bikemaker’s Tout Terrain Silkroad II gives their expedition-proven heavy-duty touring bike with its integrated rack a more capable overhaul. In a day of strapping lightweight backpacking bags onto expensive carbon gravel bikes seeking adventure, the Silkroad II reminds us that steel frames, steel forks, solid racks, and an upright position are what dominate global expedition bike setup.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II integrated rack steel touring bike

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

The new Silkroad II isn’t some retro-grouch curmudgeon, it’s just the type of bike build to explore beyond the reach of credit card touring, or even cell phone coverage… “the globetrotter’s choice“. Tout Terrain has updated the classic Silkroad with new tubing, helpful new detailing, updated geometry with two wheel size options, and new forks. All of that expands the capability of an already world expedition-proven bike family.

Silkroad II – Tech details

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

The heart of the Silkroad II is a steel frame that now gets updated to Thermocrom tubing, which Tout Terrain says has a lower carbon footprint.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

The new steel frame also gets updated geometry using a shorter fork & longer internally-butted headtube for a more upright riding position. Two new straight, tapered leg steel forks are also available either the lighter Allroad with rack & fender mounts or Expedition also with anything cage mounts, as well.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

Then, there is the obvious, integrated welded-on stainless steel rear Expedition Rack II. This new version is lighter than ever, while maintaining the same 40kg load capacity. It also now adds an optional modular Ex-Rail system that bolts on to create a lower center of gravity and direct Quick-Lock3 mounting for quick release use of Ortlieb’s latest 3.1 panniers – with Tout Terrain being the first brand to integrate into their bike.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

Beyond the fork & rack, the frame now includes four sets of water bottle mounts for more carrying capacity, plus internal wiring for dynamo-powered lighting.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

The frame includes integrated frame lock mounts, and the option to add on the Ergo-Stop II Plus steerer stop to help stabilize a loaded bike when you park it.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

The frame has a new split 3D dropout design that is belt-drive or derailleur compatible, using a 12×142 mm thru-axle for geared setups. It’s even available with a Rohloff hub or a Pinion bottom bracket mounted gearbox.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II – Pricing & availability

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

The Silkroad II is available in either 26″ or 27.5″ wheeled models and can be configured however you want to build it up on Tout Terrain’s webpage. Derailleur & Rohloff + Gates build can be configured and ordered immediately in four sizes (S, M, L & XL) with reasonable delivery times.

Silkroad II frame kits for derailleur or internally geared hub setups start at 1690€ with a steel fork. Complete bikes start at 2790€.

Tout Terrain Silkroad II touring bike, integrated-rack steel frame, loaded touring expedition bike

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mudrock
mudrock
2 years ago

Tout Terrain takes world travel seriously, and yet they spec hydraulic brakes, which surprises me. Hydro brakes are not user serviceable by any means, compared to cable brakes. Also, how common are 27.5 tires in Africa and Asia?

Damian Bradley
2 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

Damian here from Tout Terrain. We build up each Silkroad II to order, and offer mechanical disc brake options on every model. The 26″ wheel version is available precisely for those countries where 27.5″ equipment is not going to be so common. We definitely take world travel seriously, but not so much so as to forget that it’s all about the experience and the fun of riding a bike!

bmx
bmx
2 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

I rode my shinano hydro brakes for 4 years , 140 miles per week, with just changing the pads. You dont really need to service hydro brakes so user servicability is a mute point. You could probably ride mineral oil brakes for 20 years without a service if the cables didnt get worn off the frame.

Ed Aceves
Ed Aceves
1 year ago

Hi,

This looks like a good alternative to the co motion Pangea, which I was considering.

Is there a bike size conversion table? I usually ride a 54c.

How does the tubing rank in the hierarchy of options in terms of strength/weight? Also, any recommended dealers in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Thanks,
Ed

Rodney Le Lievre
Rodney Le Lievre
1 year ago

Beautifully detailed bike. Tout Terrain seem to have thought of everything.
I wonder what the price would be in Australia? No one seems to have it in stock.

sean
sean
10 months ago

What version of Rohloff does Tout Terrain use on the Tanami? I’ve searched all over.. CC DB or CC DB OEM2,

Brain Bassett
Brain Bassett
2 months ago

I love that belt drive… the rest of the bike I think I will stick with what I have but I’m sure Tout Terrain will be ok with that. – https://photos.app.goo.gl/ADgC6oyPM2gyrCq27