We had a chance to speak with David Rosen, owner and chief designer of Sage Bicycles, a bicycle builder making titanium frames in the United States. For 2017, SAGE has released the Barlow, a compelling adventure bike with thru-axle disc brakes, room for up to 40cc tires. This allows a tremendous flexibility in tire choices, allowing for everything from thin slicks for club rides, to knobby rubbers for single-track trail routes. Even with thick, dirt-eating trail tires, the frame still has enough room to squeeze in a full size, 53 tooth chain-ring.
The interchangeability of tire and cranks also extends to component choice with internal routing options for electronic shifting standard on all frames. If you do elect for electronic shifting, the mechanical shifting stand-offs are removable, a nice touch. Also standard are frame mounts for fenders and racks, useful for multi-day adventures. Rosen built this special edition Barlow as the Belgian Waffle Ride ‘secret weapon’ and will be riding the 147-mile mixed-surface event this May 21, 2017, in style.