Custom Heavy Duty Touring Bicycles | Rodriguez UTB


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Rodriguez UTB Touring Bicycles - from $2,699
Available as a frame only from $1,549

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. Chaos image 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?

Rohloff SpeedHub
Available in
Rohloff version

Made in USA

Fat Tires
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.

Sizes: All of our bikes are offered in 20 production sizes . If you don't fit one of our production sizes, a custom size frame in any model is just $200 extra.


Ultimate Touring Bike Models

Frame Reynolds 725
Fork Rodriguez Steel Tandem
(up to 1.75" ATB tire clearance with fender)
Shift levers Shimano Dura-Ace Bar-end 9sp
Brake levers Tektro Ergo
Brakes Tektro Cantilever
Bottom Bracket Sealed Bearing
Cranks Sugino 110/74 Standard Triple 28/38/48
Cassette Shimano 11-32 9sp
Front Derailleur Microshift Road Triple
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore SGS
Hubs 32 hole Formula Sealed Bearing
Rims 26" Weinmann ZAC19 32 hole
Spokes Stainless 14G 3x pattern
Wheels Hand-built w/ 3 year warranty
Tires Serfas Drifter 26 x 2"
Handlebar Alloy Compact
Head Set FSA Cartridge Sealed 1 1/8" Standard
Bar Tape Black Cork
Seat Post Alloy
Seat WTB Speed V

About the UTB Standard - $2,699

Here's the bike that started it all for the heavy duty touring bike. Modeled after our 1996 design for adventure cyclist and author, Willie Weir, the UTB Standard will stand up to just about any terrain. At just $2,699, this is the best value in a U.S. made, custom built extreme touring bike that you'll find.

Willie and I designed this bike and chose components for their reliability, ease of repair (even in third world countries), and cost effectiveness.

Now anyone can own Rodriguez hand-built performance! When you buy a Rodriguez, you're buying a company that's been building high quality touring bikes for over years.

Options for the UTB Standard

For the Frame

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Frame Extreme Journey
Fork Rodriguez Extreme Journey
(up to 2" ATB tire clearance with fender)
Shift levers Shimano Dura-Ace Bar-end 9sp
Brake levers Tektro Ergo
Brakes Rodriguez Big Squeeze®
Bottom Bracket Phil Wood Stainless
Cranks Sugino 110/74 Standard Triple 28/38/48
Cassette Shimano 11-32 9sp
Front Derailleur Microshift Road Triple
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore SGS
Hubs 36 hole Formula Sealed Bearing
Rims 26" Weinmann ZAC19 36 hole
Spokes Stainless 14G 4x pattern
Wheels Hand-built w/ 3 year warranty
Tires Serfas Drifter 26 x 2"
Handlebar Alloy Compact
Head Set FSA Cartridge Sealed 1 1/8" Standard
Bar Tape Black Cork
Seat Post Alloy
Seat WTB Speed V

About the UTB Extreme Journey - $3,299

In 2014, we built a Rodriguez UTB for Doug R. that he would ride across around the world. As it turned out, Doug needed an even more extreme version of our UTB than the standard that we had been building for almost 2 decades. The incredible load he carried on the bike just needed more beef! The Extreme Journey UTB was born.

Direct feedback: Like Doug, you are an individual and probably have something special you would like in your new custom bike. When you buy a Rodriguez, you're working directly with the team that will be designing, building, painting and assembling your new bike. You see, we're the only Rodriguez dealer. When our original design didn't provide what Doug needed, we designed a new frame and fork for him at no extra charge. That bike became a very popular model for us.

When you buy a Rodriguez, you're buying a company that's been building high quality touring bikes for over years.

Options for the UTB Journey

  • Shimano 9sp STI Shifters + $200
  • SON28 Front Generator Hub + $285
    $350 for disc brake bikes
  • B&M Luxos U front light w/USB charging port + $245
  • Full Fenders Installed + $65
  • Double leg tandem kickstand + $60
  • BodyFloat Suspension Seat Post + $250
  • Rack Time Folding Rear Rack Installed + $65
  • Tubus Tara Front Rack Installed + $145
  • TRP Spyre dual piston disc brakes + $250

For the Frame

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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:

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