This week’s Reader’s Rig comes from our friend Joachim Rosenlund in Berlin, who shares the 2014 Bombtrack Hook that has taken him to Norway, Armenia, Scotland, Iran, and beyond. Get to know Joachim and his trusty gravel travel rig here…

Words by Joachim Rosenlund, photos by Joachim Rosenlund and Josh Meissner

Hi, I’m Joachim. From Oslo, Norway. Living in Berlin. I’m a social worker, and I work with so-called disabled people. I started riding a BMX at five and continued riding around the neighborhood until I was 14. My then slightly bigger BMX was stolen, and I picked up skateboarding, which became my passion for the next 20 years. In 2012, I broke my hip skateboarding, and I then rediscovered the great feeling of cruising along on a bike as a part of my rehab and have been cycling on an almost daily basis ever since.

Bombtrack Hook

I have a full carbon road bike, a cargo bike, a track bike, a monster gravel travel bike, a racy full carbon gravel bike, a gentleman’s bike from 1912, and the sort of modern randonneur (formally known as a cyclocross bike) featured here. I ride them all and love to switch terrain, speed, and intention of the ride, be it alone, with a bunch of friends, or with the family.

  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook

This is my first bike from Bombtrack Bicycle Co., the 2014 Hook. By design, it is a CX machine and a very capable one at that. But it has been misused as a gravel travel rig and has seen Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Morocco, Norway, and Scotland, to name a handful of the places it has spun its wheels.

Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Frame/Fork: 2014 Bombtrack Hook, with original fork
  • Rims: Hunt Adventure
  • Hubs: SON 28 (front) / Hunt Adventure (rear)
  • Tires: WTB Horizon 36mm
  • Handlebars: WCS Ritchey 46cm
  • Headset: Cane Creek
  • Crankset: White Industries, 46/26
  • Pedals: WCS Ritchey SPD
  • Cassette: SRAM 11-36
  • Derailleur(s): SRAM Rival (front) / SRAM Force, long cage (rear)
  • Brakes: SRAM Force 22 Hydro
  • Shifter(s): SRAM Force 22 Hydro
  • Saddle: Brooks C13, 132mm
  • Seatpost: Thomson
  • Stem: K-Force Carbon, 110mm
  • Front bags: Velo Orange Porteur
  • Frame bags: Apidura Expedition, full or half frame
  • Rear bags: Apidura Expedition Seat pack
  • Accessory bags: Two Apidura Food Pouches (for bottles and snacks)
  • Lights: Supernova Triple3 front light, Supernova E3 rear light
  • Fenders: Gilles Berthoud full fenders
  • Rack: Soma Porteur front rack
  • Other accessories: King Cage bottle cages, USB charger on the stem

After I discovered the fun of bigger tires, it was “forgotten” for a while but has now risen from its dormant state and is living out its days as a commuter/modern randonneur. The build is inspired by the randonneurs from back in the day but with fairly modern parts, such as the hydraulic disc brakes, the 11-speed drivetrain, and the clipless pedals.

  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook

What really stands out is the drivetrain with its White Industries cranks running 46/26. It’s a big gap that shifts well enough, but that, more importantly, gives me a fantastic range with road-like shifting gaps on the rear. Plus, 46/11 is awesome when bombing down alpine roads or when putting the pedal to the metal down a flat stretch of road, and the only climbing limitation of the 26/36 is when it’s so steep that the bike tips over backwards…

  • Bombtrack Hook
  • Bombtrack Hook

You can see more from Joachim on Instagram.

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