Our Reader’s Rig of the week comes from Tobias Herrmann Hinz, who shares his custom off-roader from Drust Cycles in Berlin. Read the story behind his bike and find lots of photos here…

Words by Tobias Herrmann Hinz (@herrmanhinz)

I’m Tobias Herrmann Hinz, 45 years old, born and raised in Berlin, Germany (in the former GDR). I operate computing infrastructure for a German car manufacturer for a living. “Something with computers” is the easiest way I often describe it. When I’m not on the bike roaming somewhere around Berlin I enjoy producing house music—I wouldn’t call myself a musician, but the results aren’t too bad.

As for riding, I love being off road. Tarmac is nice for relaxing and getting from A to B quickly, but I usually prefer not being surrounded by too many cars or too many people. Earlier this year I rode my All-City Cosmic Stallion around Colombia, and across Thailand before that. I don’t have any plans to stop traveling through more countries by bike, especially with this new machine. For me, riding a bike is freedom. It’s independence, going wherever I want. It also helps me to detox from the digital reality of my everyday life. And the cycling community is awesome, mostly. It’s like a worldwide club—wherever you go you can meet cyclists and feel surrounded by friends.

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After spending six weeks going north to south and up and down and back and forth all across Colombia’s mountains, I got to thinking about a bike to replace my All-City. It’s an awesome bike, but it took a beating on what was a very challenging ride. There were baby head rocks, tons of rutted dirt, and lots of rough climbs. I knew I wanted something a little more supple and forgiving. I was chatting about wanting a new bike with some friends at The Gentle Jaunt, my local shop here in Berlin, one of whom is a framebuilder, Konstantin Drust (@drustcycles). At first I was only half serious about having a custom bike built, but the idea grew in my head over time. I met with Konstantin several times at his shop and we discussed geometry and aesthetics.

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  • Frame/Fork Drust Cycles custom
  • Rims Newmen Evolution SL E.G.30
  • Hubs SON Dynamo (front) / White Industries CLD (rear)
  • Tires Schwalbe G-ONE 650B x 2.25
  • Handlebars Race Face
  • Headset Cane Creek 40
  • Crankset Rotor 3D
  • Pedals Shimano EH-500
  • Cassette SunRace CSMX89 EA5 11-50T, 11-speed
  • Derailleur SRAM NX 11-Speed / Garbaruk Cage mullet
  • Brakes TRP Slate T4
  • Shifter(s) SRAM NX 11-speed trigger
  • Saddle SQ-Labs 611
  • Seatpost Contec Brut Select
  • Stem Race Face 35mm
  • Front bags BXB Goldback Small
  • Accessory bags WizardWorks Voila! Snack Bag
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This bike is the result of those meetings, and I love it. It’s the first build out of the new Drust Cycles workshop in Berlin, too. I might paint it, or maybe not. I love how rough and raw its appearance is. Most of the components are leftovers that Konstantin and I had lying around. With time, the bike will grow and change, like most things in life. I can’t wait to take it on its first big adventure as soon as we can get back to traveling again.

You can find more from Toby on Instagram @herrmanhinz.

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