Quietly released over the weekend, the Nordest TXIXARRO Ti is a new Pinion-equipped dirt touring bike modeled after the Portuguese brand’s Sardinha 2 and built for reliable performance on bikepacking trips to remote places. Find more details and photos here…
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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