A few months ago, Quebec-based Panorama Cycles jumped into the mountain bike scene with their first steel hardtail. The Taïga caught our attention due to its large tire clearance, steel frame, sliding dropouts, modern geometry, and value-packed build kit. And today, drop-bar lovers will be pleased to hear that Panorama Cycles has adapted the Taïga into a drop-bar-specific adventure rig, which includes many of the same specs as the flat-bar version but has a slightly tweaked geometry to accommodate drop bars.
The Panorama Taïga EXP is a drop-bar mountain bike built up around a Reynolds 725 steel frame and carbon fork. Both the frame and fork are kitted out with all the mounting points we like to see, with multiple triple-pack mounts, downtube bosses, rack and fender mounts, and even a spot for a bolt-on top tube bag. The Taïga EXP screams versatility with sliding dropouts, a split seat stay for belt-drive systems, 100mm travel suspension-corrected geometry, dropper post routing, boost hub spacing, and internal dynamo routing on the fork.
The Taiga EXP is offered in one well-rounded build kit that’s centred around Gevenalle GX shifters, an NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, HUNT XC Wide wheels, Avid BB7 mechanical brakes, and a 52cm wide Ritchey Beacon handlebar. The Taiga EXP comes stock with 29 x 2.25″ WTB Rangers (a favourite amongst bikepackers) but the frame and fork have clearance for 2.6″ tires. Check out the full build kit below.
Panorama Taïga EXP Build Kit
- Frame Reynolds 725 Steel, ED Coated
- Fork Panorama Carbon Rigid
- Crankset SRAM NX EAGLE DUB, 34T
- Shifter GEVENALLE GX
- Derailleur SRAM NX EAGLE 12-Speed
- Chain SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed
- Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB BSA, Threaded
- Wheels HUNT XC WIDE MTB
- Tires WTB Ranger 29×2.25″ TCS Light/Fast
- Brakes Avid BB7, Mechanical
- Brake Rotors Shimano RT66 180MM front / 160MM rear
- Handlebar Ritchey Comp Beacon, 52cm
- Stem Race Face Ride, 60mm
- Seatpost Kalloy SP-3D2
- Saddle WTB Pure
- Headset FSA NO.9M
Just like the flat-bar version, the Taïga EXP features graphics that depict a sectional view of Earth, showing the silhouettes of each of its layers—a creation of the duo Pellvetica (@pellvetica). The complete build retails for $3,199 CAD (~$2,600 USD) and is available to ship outside of Canada for those interested. Learn more at PanoramaCycles.com.
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