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?
The Rodriguez UTB can run wide tires. Up to 1.75" wide ATB tires with fenders, or a full 2" tire without fenders. The new Extreme Journey model can handle full 2" ATB tires with fenders! Wow! That's really wide tires!
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. The UTB also uses a heavier fork. Those are the main differences.26" wheels provide two big advantages for the go-anywhere cyclist:
Rodriguez Ultimate Touring Bike Specs for 2014
PDF Spec sheet
|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||Sealed Bearing||Sealed Bearing|
|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|
|Handlebar Tape||Black Cork||Black Cork|
|Saddle||WTB Speed V||WTB Speed V|