Katahdin – Apex

Katahdin – Apex

2,799$

***AVAILABLE SPRING 2019***

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.

Exclusive to Panorama Cycles, and an industry first, a unique composite lamination is designed for the untapped and unpredictable wilderness adventures. This construction incorporates an advanced material, the Xantu.Layr™, which bring the Katahdin performance and durability to new heights.

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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Main Features

Specifications

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

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
Tires TERRENE ELWOOD LIGHT 700X40
Brakes TRP SPYRE FLAT MOUNT, 160MM
Crank SRAM APEX, 42 DENTS, BB86
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 2 years

Geometry

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

X-Small (49cm) Small (52cm) Medium (54cm) Large (56cm) X-Large (58cm)
Approximate rider height 5’2” – 5’6” 5’6” – 5’9” 5’8” – 5’11” 5’10” – 6’1” 6’1”+
Stack 537mm 557mm 568mm 590mm 609mm
Reach 366mm 370mm 376mm 380mm 383mm
Head tube height 120mm 140mm 150mm 170mm 190mm
Seat tube height 490mm 520mm 540mm 560mm 580mm
Horizontal top tube height 525mm 535mm 550mm 560mm 575mm
Chain stay 435mm 435mm 435mm 435mm 435mm
BB drop 67mm 67mm 67mm 67mm 67mm
Head tube angle 70.5° 71° 71.5° 72° 72°
Seat tube angle 73.5° 73.5° 73° 73° 72.5°
Fork length 395mm 395mm 395mm 395mm 395mm
Fork Rake/Offset 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Wheelbase 1015mm 1021mm 1025mm 1032mm 1041mm
Stem Length 80mm 80mm 90mm 100mm 110mm
Crank length 170mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175mm 175mm
Handlebar width 40cm 42cm 42cm 44cm 44cm

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 an incredibly thin nanofiber interleaving thermoplastic 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