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Made in USA Rodriguez UTB Touring Bicycles - from $2,699
Available as a frame only from $1,449

Rugged, Utility, Touring, Travel, Adventure...

The Rodriguez W2 Adventure was originally designed and named for Adventure Cyclist and columnist Willie Weir, but its rugged construction and versatility quickly earned it the nickname Ultimate Touring Bike (or UTB). 26" mountain bike wheels and durable construction coupled with the Rodriguez custom approach to bike building has made this Rodriguez a standard in the industry for the 'go everywhere' traveler and the best value on a bicycle in this class. The UTB is priced similar to heavier, lower quality bikes made overseas.

Don't be fooled by imitations. Since 1996 when we built Willie Weir's first UTB, we've seen several companies try to copy this bike. The Rodriguez UTB is ready to conquer any terrain your heart desires. It is rugged, well-designed and with the Travel Option ($700) can pack easily into a 26" X 26" suitcase for airline travel. Our UTB uses ISO compliant parts, so you'll be able to have it repaired for years to come. Can you believe that some manufacturers are actually using proprietary parts on touring bikes?

Still not convinced? Boy, you're a hard sell. I'll have to let you read what some of our UTB customers have to say as they describe some of the amazing adventures that they've had with their Rodriguez UTB's. That's a lot more fun than reading my junk anyway.

Take it with you
This bike used to come standard equipped with our travel option. Over the years, lots of our customers have requested a UTB without couplings. They wanted the ruggedness, and the ability to install really fat tires, or mountain bike tires for off-road, but didn't need the travel option that the UTB came standard with. For the person who really wants a commuting/touring bike that isn't afraid of any terrain, the UTB is the best choice. If you do add S&S couplers, the UTB becomes the most convenient full sized model avalable today with the ability to pack into a 26" x 26" suitcase. For these reasons, the UTB is still our number one choice of the 'go everywhere' bicycle traveller.


How is the UTB different than the Rodriguez Adventure classic Touring bike?

The UTB uses 26" wheels instead of 700c, and the frame is built wider to enable the owner to install mountain bike tires if needed. That's the only difference.

26" wheels provide two big advantages for the go-anywhere cyclist:
  • Rugged or really wide tires:
    Some people like the ability to install real mountain bike tires or really wide tires on their commuting/touring bikes. 26" wheels make this possible.
  • Super Portability!:
    If you travel with your touring bike and choose our travel option, the 26" wheels make packing the bike WAY easier. If you'd like to see how much easier, read this.
  • Journey Designed
    Choose the UTB Journey model for super frame strength. This model is new for 2014 and is actually built using several of our Rodriguez tandem tubes for those traveling with extreme amounts of weight on the bike.


Rodriguez Ultimate Touring Bike Specs for 2014

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UTB Basic

UTB Journey

Price $2,699 $3,299
Frame Reynolds 725 Rodriguez Ovalized Tandem Blend
Fork Rodriguez Steel Tandem Rodriguez Steel Tandem
Shift levers Shimano Ultegra 8 speed bar-end Shimano Dura-Ace 9 speed Bar-end
Brake levers Tektro Ergo Tektro Ergo
Brakes Tektro Cantilever Trillium Big Squeeze™
Bottom Bracket Shimano Sealed Shimano Sealed
Cranks Sugino 110/74 Triple 28/38/48 Sugino 110/74 Triple 28/38/48
Cassette Shimano 11-32 8x Shimano 11-32 9x
Front Derailleur Shimano Triple Shimano Triple
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore Shimano Deore
Chain SRAM 8x KMC 9x
Hubs Formula Sealed Bearing Formula Sealed Bearing
Rims Weinmann ZAC19 Weinmann ZAC19
Spokes Stainless 14G Stainless 14G
Wheels Hand-built w/3-year warranty Hand-built w/3-year warranty
Tires Serfas 2" Drifter Serfas 2" Drifter
Handlebars Kalloy Drop Bars Kalloy Drop Bars
Head Set FSA Cartridge 1 1/8" Standard FSA Cartridge 1 1/8" Standard
Seat Post Alloy Alloy
Handlebar Tape Black Cork Black Cork
Saddle WTB Speed V WTB Speed V
Component Upgrade Options
  • Carbon Handlebar + $250
  • Shimano 9-sp bar-end shifting + $70 (included on Journey model)
  • Shimano 9-sp STI Shifters + $200
  • Full Fender Installed - $65
  • Phil Wood Bottom Bracket + $180
  • Schmidt SONdelux generator front hub + $285
  • B&M front light + $140
  • Trillium Big Squeeze™ Brakes + $150 (Included on UTB Journey)
  • Avid BB7 Disc Brakes + $250
Frame Upgrade Options
Included with every UTB
  • One of 4 standard paint designs
  • Braze-ons for 3 water bottles
  • Rodriguez Stainless Bottle Opener
  • Braze-ons for Cantilever Brakes
  • Braze-ons for standard rear rack
  • Braze-ons for standard front rack
  • Hidden braze-ons for fenders
  • All braze-ons for shifters and brakes

Note: We can add to, or subtract from (customize) the standard braze-ons for a fee starting at $25. For orders involving a lot of changes, the price will be quoted before we start work.
Bottle Opener

Have a drink on us!

The Rodriguez bottle opener is an exclusive, touch of class that you'll only find on a Rodriguez. This stainless steel accessory comes standard on your Rodriguez Randonneur or Touring bike. It is brazed onto the seat stay, waiting until you have to use it.
Rohloff SpeedHub
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