The frame and bike geometry, refined over five years in the Arkose range, is also well-suited to my size, giving a forward position like a road bike, yet not too aggressive to allow for long days in the saddle without discomfort. Even loaded up with a seat-post bag and a handlebar bag, the alloy bike doesn’t feel excessively heavy and it can be easily wheeled or lifted over rough terrain when riding is no longer an option.
There are other elements of the Arkose LTD which helps to make this bike stand out from the rest of the range, with tubeless tyres as standard which ride exceedingly well, not giving any problems at all in a month of riding over challenging terrain and glass-strewn inner city cycle paths. The TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes are fantastic, giving both a great deal of braking power and modulation, ideal for tackling technical off-road descents.
Even laden with bike packing gear, the handling is generally confident, although a little twitchy at the front, due to the weight of the handlebar pack. Making sure to test every aspect of the bikes, the shifting mechanism was fully submerged when crossing a river and it can be confirmed that they are indeed waterproof as Shimano claim!
Retailing at £1750, you’ll do well to find a comparable build at this price point. If you’re looking for an adventure machine, look no further; with the lightweight build of a gravel bike, the capability of a mountain bike and responsive handling of a cyclo-cross bike, all tied up with fancy Di2 technology, the Arkose LTD is a fine choice. More than anything else, it’s the confidence-inspiring capability of this bike that sets it apart from others in this category and makes it such a fun ride, with the wider 45mm tyres and smooth gearing system inspiring you to tackle tracks and trails that you wouldn’t have thought possible.
The 2017 Arkose range, where the Arkose LTD sits on top, includes four other aluminium framed adventure bikes ranging in price from the Arkose 1 at £800 to the Arkose 4 at £1450.
For more information, head over to the Evans Cycles website here. Alternatively, you can watch the Arkose LTD video here.