An increasing number of manufacturers are designing bikes around gearboxes these days, forgoing rear derailleurs and cassettes and instead relying on the reliable Pinion system. From a bikepacking perspective, gearboxes make a lot of sense because the chance of a mechanical is very slim. The latest Pinion-equipped bike to hit the market is the Nordest TXIXARRO Ti, a titanium dirt-touring bike that’s kitted out with everything we like to see for a bike designed to go far from home.
Similar to the Sardinha, “Txixarro” comes from the word Chixarro which is a type of mackerel that was sold in the northeast of Portugal. It is also the name given to the inhabitants of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, a city where Nordest’s founder and designer Pedro Jeronimo lives half of the year.
The TXIXARRO Ti is based around a Pinion C1.12 gearbox with a 600% gear range and 12 finely stepped gears. It’s constructed from TiAl2.5V double butted tubing, has clearance for 27.5″+ (up to 3″) or 29″ (up to 2.6″) tires, rear rack mounts, top tube mounts, and three-pack mounts under the downtube. The TXIXARRO Ti has sliding dropouts, boost hub spacing, the shifting cables are internally routed, and while Nordest recommends pairing the frame with a suitable carbon fork, it can also handle a suspension fork with 100-120mm of travel.
The weight for the M/L size is 11.7 pounds (5.3 kilograms), which includes the frame + Gearbox C1.12 + Crank arms + Gates front sprocket. The frame is offered in just three sizes, and a quick glance at the geometry chart shows a 67° head tube angle, 74.5º seat tube, 430mm chainstays, and 60mm bottom bracket drop. In short, it appears it’s a Pinion version of the Sardinha 2 that Logan reviewed here, and it looks like it should make a super capable and stable off-road touring rig.
The TXIXARRO Ti is offered as a frame only for €2,999 for standard geo and €3,999 for custom geometry (with a 16-week delivery time). You can check out all the details at NordestCycles.com.
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