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Katahdin

Katahdin

2,049$3,199$ (CAD)

We love to say that the Katahdin is our cottage bike. You’ll guess that this gravel bike is really in its element in the countryside, perfect for all types of roads and paths that can be found out there.

An industry first, the adventure composite laminate incorporates an advanced material, XANTU.LAYR ™, to make the Katahdin rock-solid. Learn more about this technology here.

The curvy surfaces of the bike have become a canva for the very talented duo of Vancouver-based artists Pellvetica. They sign the visual of the frame, and thus give the soul to this amazing product.

A 1x SRAM Apex group, WTB i23 Wheels, Easton EA50AX handlebar and a ton of frame and fork mounts for your short or long outings, makes the Katahdin so much versatile.

Note that the cottage is unfortunately not included with the purchase of the bike 😉

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TESTIMONY

Having just returned from the African continent, from Egypt to South Africa aboard Panorama Cycles’ gravel bike Katahdin, Samuel Roy shares his observations about the bike:

“The Katahdin is definitely the bike I’ve had the most fun riding in my life. I love the fact that I can go everywhere with this bike while keeping the same great feeling of rigidity and lightness of a road bike. Amazing sense of liberty for a cyclist used to the road. I think the Katahdin experience can be described as versatile and reliable.”

Read about his African tale

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Main Features

Specifications

One component group offered. The best balance between reliability and weight. Weight – size 54cm: 19.5lbs.

You want to customize your bike by replacing a few parts? Send us your wish list and we will be pleased to answer your request.

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Cadre

CARBON FRAME IMPROVED WITH XANTU.LAYR™
12MMX142MM THRU-AXLE
BB86 BOTTOM BRACKET
¨CARBON NET-SHAPE¨ INTEGRATED HEADSET
FULLY INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING
FLAT MOUNT BRAKE STD

Fork

100% CARBON FIBER
THREE PACK MOUNTS ON EACH SIDE
12MMX100MM THRU-AXLE
TAPERED 1-1/8¨ / 1-1/2¨ STEERING TUBE

Wheels

WTB STS i23 TCS 2.0 RIMS, NOVATEC D791/D792 HUBS, 14G STAINLESS STEEL SPOKES

Tires

TERRENE ELWOOD LIGHT 700X40

Brakes

TRP SPYRE FLAT MOUNT, 160MM

Crank

SRAM APEX, 42 DENTS, BB86

Bottom Bracket

SRAM PRESSFIT GXP

Cassette

SRAM PG1130  11-42T 11 vitesses

Chain

SRAM PC1110 11 vitesses

Rear derailleur

SRAM APEX 11SPD

Shifter

SRAM APEX

Handlebar

EASTON EA50AX, 31.8MM

Stem

SATORI LIMES RL, 31.8MM, 7DEG

Seatpost

PROMAX SP-245, 27.2mm X 350mm

Saddle

WTB SL8 COMP

Pedals

Not included

Warranty

5 years

Geometry

Riding a bike adapted to its morphology is essential for comfort, performance and fun!
Contact us for any technical questions.

OBJECTIVE: bring the durability performance of composite frames to the next level

Since the past several years, we have met countless adventure cyclists, expedition cyclists, endurance cyclists and passionate bikepackers. When we asked the questions “what is holding you from investing in a carbon fiber frame?”, the most recurring answer was the fear of damaging the frame, and ultimately breaking it during their grueling activities.

Impacts could create invisible damage to the frame…

All cyclists are unanimous about the fun of riding a lighter and stiffer carbon fiber frame on either on short or long distance rides.  A composite frame is in general more efficient, and the performance of the riding could increase significantly in many aspects.

We have re-thought the way we design the laminates for our composite frames. While our competitors focus on creating the lightest and stiffest bikes, we, on the other hand, asked ourselves: how can we make an already very light and stiff bike more durable?

Another non negligible fact: how do we convince the most conservative and purist cyclists (read here the ones dedicated to steel) to try composite frame?

Our solution: Xantu.Layr™.

Xantu.Layr™: a thermoplastic reinforcement

Xantu.Layr™ is a thermoplastic nanofiber veil developed in New Zealand by Revolution Fiber. When building the frame parts, the thin layers are inserted between plies of carbon fiber, and would fused all together during the curing process.

The bike frames are made from multiple layers of carbon fiber which are pre-impregnated with a thermoset resin. Because of the fibers mechanical properties and orientation, each layer is essential to create the final structural properties of the part.

When a severe impact initiate a failure in a composite frame, the typical breakage mechanism will be most most often interlaminar. In other words, the crack propagation occurs between plies of carbon fiber.

The Xantu.Layr™ acts as toughening material that increase the interlaminar strength. This material is not used all over the frame or in between every single carbon fiber plies. It is positioned on strategic areas of the frame and specific locations within the thickness of the laminate. These areas are selected for their probability to witness high interlaminar shear stress. Those areas could be for example between plies of carbon fiber of high and intermediate modulus.

Performance Testing

Xantu.Layr™ interleaved panels show a significant reduction in delamination area after being impacted at 30J energy.

Xantu.Layr™ interleaved panels show smaller delamination cracks and less fibre breakage after being impacted at 30J energy.

With the added Xantu.Layr™, the bike keeps its great character and feel.

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Pellvetica : Vancouver based artists

Sandy and Steve Pell, two Vancouver-based artists, are not only super talented, but also passionate cyclists. They form the Pellvetica duo.

We are very excited and proud to partner with them for the Katahdin gravel bike.

Together, the Pells have developed a style all of their own that has grabbed global attention. Their ability to transform blank spaces into memorable places, has also garnered a positive reputation among the interior design community, winning them awards for their mural work such as Top 10 of the World’s Coolest Offices.

Working from our gravel bike frame, they turned the frame into a spectacular work of art.

Artwork inspiration: the gray wolves

Gray wolves play a key role in keeping our ecosystems healthy. Traveling in groups of 7 or 8, they develop strong social bonds within their packs as analogous to that of a group of cyclists…

With complex communication systems ranging from barks and whines to growls and howls, these animals are most active at dawn and dusk. They howl most on a full moon, when the nights are the brightest.

Color inspiration

“For our artwork, we’ve selected white line work on a black frame to mimic the reflection of a glowing moon behind howling wolves.

Highlights of light cremes, warm tans, and rich dark browns emulates this majestic animal’s fur.”

-Sandy Pell

ON THE MEDIA

“The result is the Katahdin. This incredible new composite bike frame takes durability to new heights with it’s combination of Zylon and Xantu.Layr.”

“Avec le Kathadin, Panorama Cycles propose un vélo résolument versatile et durable. Son cadre en fibre de carbone ultrarésistante est recouvert d’un voile thermoplastique protecteur qui le rend indestructible.”

“… le testant dans certaines des pires conditions des hautes Laurentides, notamment en passant à travers un sentier improvisé parsemé de fossés. Résultat : c’est un vrai tank. Il traverse toutes les situations.

Léger, robuste et très joli, le vélo nous a séduits.”

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY

    review rating 5  My brother bought a bike from panorama and ended up to buy one for myself. I really like their gravel bike. I strongly recommend that you do the same!

    thumb Martin Cloutier

    review rating 5  Best and lightest Fatbike bikepacking ready!

    thumb Francois Carrier-Deziel

    review rating 5  Best and lightest Fatbike bikepacking ready!

    thumb Francois Carrier-Deziel

    review rating 5  Excellent fat bikes! I rode the Chic-Choc in both winter and sumer and it was surprisingly light and quick to accelerate. Small shop with passionate people = great service and overall experience!

    thumb Alexandre Provost
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FAQ

What is the right frame size for me?

If you are unsure of the right frame size you need, contact us in order to provide the following 2 parameters: your height and the vertical distance between the ground and your crotch, with your shoes on. These 2 pieces of information are sufficient in the vast majority of cases to determine the right bike for your body type.

If you would like a more precise fit on your bike, please contact one of our retailers. They will be happy to help you with a personalized “fit”.

In any case, if you are not satisfied with the size of your bike purchased online, you can return it to us within 10 days of your purchase for an exchange or refund. Learn more about our guarantees here.

Do you offer this bike only with one choice of components?

The bike is currently only available with one group of components. We tried to find the right balance between performance, price and durability.

We frequently make modifications of all kinds on our bikes to meet the needs of our customers. Contact us so we can learn what interests you, and we will be happy to turn your wishes into reality.

 

Will a 1x11 transmission be adequate for me?

We decided to offer our gravel bikes in a 1×11 combination rather than with 2 chainrings, for the sole reason that we appreciate the simplicity and performance of the 1x system. One less derailleur = one less system to maintain, less risk of breakage.

The 11-42T cassette offered on the bike gives a speed range of 382%. Compared with a “traditional” road bike transmission (chainrings of 39-53T and cassette of 11-28T), the latter has a ratio range of 346%. The 1×11 cassette therefore provides 36% more speed ranges (we are talking here about the difference between the speeds at the ends, between the easiest VS the most difficult).

For the majority of users, riding in similar conditions from one time to another, the ratios offered by this system are amply satisfactory.

However, if you are one of those who vary your outing styles enormously, this range may not be sufficient. We means here that if, for example, you sometimes ride heavily loaded, other times unloaded. Or if you sometimes ride on asphalt at high speed and other times in very rough terrain at very low speed. Know that there are several possible options for you.

The most common is to change the 11-42T cassette to an 11-46T. A range of 418% will then be obtained. Also, for extreme cases, the use of 9-46T or 11-50T cassettes, to increase the range up to 511% while keeping a 1 × 11 system, can be considered.

Despite adding complexity, a 2×11 system offers the advantage of reducing the difference in the ratios between the speeds. This can help the cyclist to find the right ratio to maintain the perfect cadence during a long ride on an even and not mountainous path.

If you are interested in a 2×11 system, or if you want to increase your speed range with a 1×11 system, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your project. We can customize your bike with pleasure.

Why mechanical disc brakes?

Mechanical disc brakes are a go-to option for touring / bikepacking / adventure biking. Certainly, the hydraulic brakes offer a little more power and modulation to the lever. However, mechanical brakes are light, excessively reliable, and amply powerful. Above all, much easier to maintain and repair if something goes wrong.

I hesitate between a steel and carbon frame, which one to choose?

We do not consider that one of these 2 materials is superior to the other. Both steel and carbon fiber offer unique properties, meeting the specific needs of different types of cyclists.

Durability:
We have developed carbon laminates to exceed impact resistance standards to make our adventure / touring bikes durable and reliable. But mishaps can happen…

In the event of a major failure, steel is definitely more easily repairable than carbon. A minor break on a carbon fiber bike can be repaired, but the workshops offering these services are rather rare and the associated costs are considerable.

Comfort / Performance:
The steel tubes we use in our frames are nothing like what you find on entry-level bikes. We use highly worked and thinned tubes in the least stressed areas in order to optimize the weight. However, a steel frame is a little heavier than a carbon frame.

A steel frame is more comfortable for the cyclist, since it is a little less rigid and absorbs vibrations better.

In contrast, our carbon frames are lighter and stiffer than their steel equivalent, which makes them more efficient / faster (i.e. maximizes the power transmission deployed by the cyclist).

Look:
Finally, there is the very subjective aspect of aesthetics. Many people like the timeless look of a steel frame, while others prefer the more modern look of a composite frame.

It is up to you to make your choice!

Is the bike shipped assembled?

Our bikes are all delivered packed in a transport box and 90% pre-assembled. Once you receive the box, all you have to do is unpack the bike, install the front wheel, the handlebars and your pedals before you can ride. After the first ride (break-in period), it is good to check the adjustments on the bike. To learn more about the order and delivery process, read this.

EXPERIENCES ON THE KATAHDIN