Co-Motion is perhaps best known for its expertise in tandems (thus the “Co” portion of the name) but it builds some incredibly nice singles as well. The Cascadia falls somewhere in the middle of its touring bike lineup—built to handle loaded touring but not quite as extreme as something like the Pangea or Divide.
The Cascadia starts with an exclusive Reynolds 725 tube set that is welded up at Co-Motion’s Eugene, Oregon, factory, then coated with one of more than 30 color choices. Something about the simplicity of the Co-Motion design and paint leads to one of the nicest looking bikes on the market in my eyes.
I wouldn’t want to go touring without disc brakes, and as such the Cascadia is spec’d with TRP’s Sprye mechanical calipers. The wheels are sturdy Velocity Dyad rims laced to DT Swiss hubs and wrapped in 700x35c Schwalbe Marathon tires. Holding them in place are some beautiful polished dropouts.
Propelling you along is a 3×10 Ultegra group, with a touring-friendly triple crankset. If you haven’t ridden a triple group lately you’d be surprise with how well the modern chainrings can shift.
In all you’re looking at $3,925 as pictured.
While the Cascadia has plenty of braze-ons and rack mounts (even a pump peg!!), it can also be had with a number of custom options, including S&S couplers, custom paint, custom geometry and more. For $3,995 you can also order one with a Shimano Alfine Di2 build with a Gates Carbon belt drive.
While my “tour” was a short 15-mile ride down to the Hoover Dam and back, I was impressed with how well the Cascadia handled everything from bike paths to gravel trails. Co-Motion makes lighter and faster bikes, as well as bigger “Tour Divide” style machines, but the Cascadia fits in that Goldilocks territory for commuting, touring and general purpose exploring.
The Co-Motion Divide’s rugged looking frame is hand-built in Oregon using oversized Reynolds 725 chromoly tubing. Co-Motion’s tandem expertise is evident in the massive chainstays and the 40-spoke wheels, built using DT-Swiss 540 tandem hubs (with 145mm rear spacing for a dishless wheel) and Velocity Cliffhanger rims. The stout 44 mm-diameter head tube on the Divide is another clue that this bike means business.
The Divide rode like it meant business, too. As soon as I got her built, I zipped through the mean streets and hit the local trails. The bike felt incredibly stiff and well built. I took that as an encouraging sign for the loaded tour that lay ahead—a 355-mile self-supported tour along the unpaved Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.Tweet Print