Custom Heavy Duty On and Off-Road Touring Bicycles

Rodriguez UTB
Originally custom designed in 1996 for Adventure Cyclist and columnist Willie Weir, the Rodriguez UTB has long set the standard for rugged, versatile, 'go anywhere' touring bikes. On or off road, this bike will get you where other bikes can't and it will do it with style and rider comfort!

• Tour Anywhere - On or Off Road!
• Built to ISO standards - Servicable anywhere
• No limits - Choose your wheels (26" or 700c)
Hand crafted in Seattle for your unique needs
• Triple chainrings offer a gear range over 600%
• Available in our Extreme Journey version
• Road proven model for over 20 years!

Full bike from $2,699
See full specifications below
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Rugged, Utility, Touring, Travel, Adventure...

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 ($825) can pack easily into a 26" X 26" suitcase for airline travel. Chaos image

Proprietary parts? Who wants them on a bicycle you might want serviced in a third world country? The Rodriguez UTB is ISO compliant all way through! So, more riding and less waiting for special parts! You'll be thanking yourself for choosing the Rodriguez UTB when you travel to places like India. Just ask Willie Wier.


Made in USA

Fat Tires
The Rodriguez UTB can run wide tires. Up to 2" wide tires with fenders.

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 - - Wait Time: 5 to 7 weeks

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 26/36/48
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 Panaracer Pasela PT wire bead 26 x 1.5"
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 26/36/48
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
  • The SteerStopper front wheel lock +$159
    Requires a braze-on for Journey size tubing
  • 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?
Rohloff SpeedHub
Available in
Rohloff version

When we design a UTB, we design it with the idea that the rider will probably carry more weight on the bicycle. So, a heavier gage down tube and chain stays are generally selected. We also build the UTB with a fork that we designed for our tandem bikes. This means when you've got 70 pounds or more of gear on your bike, it still rides smooth and stable.

Another difference is wheel clearance. For the UTB, we build in more clearance for even wider tires than on the Adventure. This adds a bit of labor during the frame build, but for off road touring, you may need this extra room.

UTB Extreme Journey Design:
Choose the UTB Journey model for super frame strength. This model, introduced in 2014, is actually built using several of our Rodriguez tandem tubes for those traveling with extreme amounts of weight on the bike.


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