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Does this 'off the peg' adventure machine live up to its spec on the trails?
Best for...
Fun riding on extended adventures
Alpha Platinum Aluminium, Boost148, Midstay, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur and dropper post routing, PF92, Stranglehold dropouts, G2 Geometry, proprietary rack mounts
1120 Adventure HCM Carbon, 110 mm boost, suspension correct, proprietary rack and accessory mounts
Shimano SLX M7000, 1x11, 11-46t
SRAM Level T hydraulic disc
Bontrager Boost 148 Hubs/SUNringlé Duroc 50 SL 28-hole rims
Finishing kit
Built in luggage rack system
Drag from the huge wheels

Coming straight out of the box with its own, bespoke racking system the 1120 is pretty unique in the bikepacking scene. And the racks are a godsend for those wishing to dive in at the deep end of bikepacking. The fork cage neatly gets around the problem of handlebar packs crushing cables, by being built into the fork below the bars - just strap on your favourite dry bag and pedal off. The same goes for the rear rack, handily shaped to take an 8 litre drybag down each side, with space for more strapping if needs be. The carbon fork even comes with a pair of triple bolt 'anything' cage mounts for even more cargo capacity.

29 plus wheels allow for 3 inch wide rubber providing vast amounts of grip and cushioning, a setup that will flatten out the gnarliest of trails while giving oodles of confidence to attack technical terrain. The wheel and tyre combo also means the 1120 can survive without the complication of suspension forks, which saves weight, maintenance and potential problems in the backwoods.

The aluminium frame sports the brands own 'Stranglehold' dropouts that allow adjustment of the wheelbase or even an easy conversion to singlespeed if that's your bag.

Verdict: A great fun, simple bike that could take you far and wide - or just down to your local woods for a big-smile blast around the roots and trails.

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