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A Pilot rider takes the road less travelled. You don´t believe us? Check out these proud Pilot riders and the places they have been. A big thank you for all the Pilot riders who have shared their pictures and experiences with us!

Please feel free to share your own photos and stories with us and you will find them back between the wonderful photos below!


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Getest: Pilot Scram. Eén fiets, twee gezichten

12 juni 2021 | Rob Meeuwessen - Fiets Magazine Oké, je hebt besloten. Je gaat geld uitgeven aan een fiets waar alles aan moet kloppen. Volledig naar wens. Exact zoals jij hem in gedachten hebt. Grote kans dat je in Nuenen bij Pilot je slag kunt slaan. Daar hebben ze namelijk de Scram. Een kruising tussen Barbapapa en een Zwitsers zakmes....

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Pilot Celes Hope Edition

Frame Pilot Celes Drivetrain Shimano Ultegra Wheelset Hope RD40 Handlebar Ritchey WCS Streem Stem Ritchey WCS Toyon Tires Vredestein Fortezza Superiore 25mm Seatpost Ritchey WCS 1Bolt Seat clamp Hope Headset Hope Pick'n'mix Saddle  Selle Italia Flit

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TEST: Vamos Pinion Reiserad (Deutsch)

Das RADtouren Magazin hat unser Reiserad 'Vamos Pinion' getestet. Die Ergebnisse lesen Sie hier unten. "Alle Fahrräder wurde bei den Herstellern zum Test angefordert. Gefragt waren vollausgestattete Reiseräder mit Pinion-Getriebeschaltung. Im Einladungsschreiben wurde auf unseren fahrpraktischen Test mit Zuladung hingewiesen, auch ein Vorderradträger war ursprünglich als Kriterium gelistet. Zu Gunsten eines breiteren Testfelds haben wir bei der Auswahl der Testr.der...

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Grinta test de Pilot Scram Ekar Dream Bike!

100% Getest: Pilot Scram Ekar Midden 2020 mochten we de Scram gravelbike van de Nederlandse titaniumspecialist Pilot testen. Die had een niet-alledaagse Pinion-versnellingsbak, die naar onze mening niet het volledige potentieel uit de fiets kon halen als competitieve graveler. En dus gooiden ze bij Pilot een lekker nieuwe Campagnolo Ekar-groepset op de Scram, waarna de fiets prompt de top vijf...

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Review: Pilot Scram titanium gravelbike by Bicycling

Lees het complete artikel op Bicycling.com Een titanium alleskunner met een klassieke uitstraling Sander Jansen van Bicycling ging op pad met onze Scram GRX gravel bike. De Scram werd onderworpen aan een grondige test, op verschillende ondergronden, om een gebalanceerd beeld te krijgen van zijn rijeigenschappen. Een samenvatting van het verdict lees je hieronder. Het complete artikel is beschikbaar op...

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2 Titanium Trekking Bikes for Saint Christopher

Frame Pilot Vamos Mixte (E-ready titanium frame) Fork Pilot Titanium Trekking Fork Drivetrain Pinion P1.18 + Gates CDX Belt Handlebar Ritchey Trail Rize Tyres Schwalbe Marathon All Motion 50mm Saddle  Selle Italia NET Pedals Exustar E-PB557 Lock AXA Defender Brakes Shimano XT Carriers Tubus Logo Evo Black   Frame Pilot Vamos Pinion (E-ready titanium frame) Fork Pilot Titanium Trekking Fork...

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How To Replace Your Gates Belt

The durability of a titanium frame matches perfectly with the Gates Carbon Drive belt. That's why we develop frames that are dedicated to the combination of Pinion and Gates. Are you not completely convinced by the stories that talk about a titanium bike with Pinion and Gates being indestructible, then take a look at out friends of Heart To Beat,...

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Pilot Scram Pinion

Frame Pilot Scram Fork Pilot Forpacker Drivetrain Pinion C.1.12. Gearbox + Gates Belt Shifters CinQ Shift:R Handlebar Ritchey Streem WCS Stem Ritchey WCS  Tyres Vredestein Aventura 44mm Carriers Pilot Titanium Low Carriers Mud Guards SKS 28 Bluemels

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Tailor Made Titanium Hardtail SRAM XX1 AXS

Frame Tailor Made Titanium Frame Fork Fox Factory 34 Drivetrain SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Headset Cane Creek 110 Series 44/56 Components Race Face Next Seatpost Rockshox Reverb AXS Dropper Wheels Raceface Next R31

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Scram Pinion 🇬🇧

Frame Pilot Scram Pinion Fork Pilot Forpacker Drivetrain Pinion C.1.12. Gearbox + Gates Belt Shifters Pilot Super Shifter Brakes TRP Hylex Tires Vredestein Aventura 44mm Carriers Pilot Titanium Low Carriers Logo's Blue Anodized  

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Pilot Primum Lefty

Frame Pilot Primum Fork Cannondale Lefty Ocho Drivetrain Shimano Deore XT Handlebar Pilot Titanium Riser Stem Tune Geiles Teil Tyres Schwalbe Racing Ralph Saddle  Ergon SM Logo's Anodized Outline

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31.000 km of cycling around the world! What does a Pilot Vamos look like after a challenge like this?

If you know us a little, you know that we are very proud of the durability of our bikes. But we also like to say 'show don't tell'!  So when we received our good friends of Heart To Beat, who travelled over 30.000 km on the Vamos Pinion, we were keen on taking some pictures of their bikes, to show...

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Scram GRX Testbike

Frame Pilot Scram Drivetrain Shimano GRX800 Handlebar Ritchey Venturemax WCS Stem Ritchey WCS C220 84D  Tyres Vredestein Aventura 44mm Seatpost Ritchey WCS Onebolt Zero Offset Saddle Slr Boost TM Superflow

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Scram Pinion With CinQ Shift:R

Frame Pilot Scram Fork Pilot Forpacker Drivetrain Pinion C.1.12. Gearbox + Gates Belt Shifters CinQ Shift:R Handlebar Ritchey Ergomax WCS Stem Ritchey WCS  Tyres Vredestein Aventura 44mm Seatpost Kinekt Bodyfloat 2.1 Saddle  SQ lab saddle 611 Ergowave Active Carriers Pilot Titanium Low Carriers

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Pilot Duro for DR. Velo Utrecht

Frame Pilot Duro Fork Fox Factory Step Cast Drivetrain Pinion C.1.12. Gearbox + Gates Belt Hubs Pilot Singlespeed Rims Rad15 Tyres Schwalbe Nobby Nic Brakes Magura Seatpost Pilot Titanium Seatpost Saddle SQLab 610 Ergolux Active

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Review: Pilot Scram Pinion Gravel Bike by Unicorn Bikes

“For gravel riding, having a titanium bike is amazing. It is so comfortable. If you have ever ridden a carbon fibre, aluminium or steel bike over a cobble stone or on gravel you will notice all these small high frequency vibrations you get. There is none of that with this bike. Part of that is due to these bigger tires,...

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Pilot How To: Determine the perfect frame size

Riding a bike that is not the right size is can be a (literal) pain in the ass. You might not feel it at first, but when you ride a bike that does not fit you, you are likely to change your position so that you feel better on the bike. And bad habits are not easy to let go!...

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UNITE FROM INSIDE

We want to bring some certainty in these uncertain times for bicycle fanatics around the globe by making it easier to buy the perfect bike without having to leave the house! But let us start with saying that we are not the ones to tell you what to do or what not to do, so please listen to what local and international...

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Heart to Beat #48 Alps 2 Ocean and on

Published on December 5, 2019 at 3:29 AM Can we start with a statement? We already expected it when we were cycling the Timber trail on the North Island, but we became more critical after cycling through 28 countries. But after cycling for two days on another so-called 'Great Ride' - the Alps to Ocean - we know for sure: New...

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Heart to Beat #47 North en Central South Island

Published on November 28, 2019 at 7:28 AM The South Island of New Zealand may well be most beautiful to experience on this world trip. We have a month to explore it. And it starts promising. The ferry to Picton is one of the most beautiful crossings in the world due to the Marlborough Sounds, the fjords along the north...

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Custom VAMOS Pinion (Trekking)

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom VAMOS Pinion Pinion C1.12 gearbox Steel trekking fork Jones Handlebar

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Custom PRIMUM V2 By Gadet Bikestore Maastricht

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom PRIMUM V2 OHR Cycling B2 wheel set Drivetrain XX1 EAGLE AXS Rock Shox SID WordCup

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Custom SCRAM Pinion

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom SCRAM Pinion (Gravel) Drivetrain Pinion P1.18 / Carbon Gates belt Pilot Titanium Jack-R handlebar

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Custom 29er with ISP & Lefty

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom 29er / ISP (internal seat post) OHR Cycling X2 wheel set Drivetrain Shimano XT M8100 1 x 12 Lefty Max 130mm

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Heart to Beat #46 North Island New Zealand

Published on November 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM Yeah, we have some time left on our world trip! That may sound strange, but it's true. Because we started our Australian adventure earlier than planned and don't want to start our journey from Patagonia to Alaska until January, we have almost two months "extra". Between Australia and South America lies a...

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Heart to Beat #45 Melbourne - Sydney

Published on October 29, 2019 at 5:04 PMA list of the most livable cities in the world has recently been published. Vienna is on 1, Melbourne and Sydney are on 2 and 3. In this blog we describe cycling from number two to number three. It is the last stage of our adventure down under. From Melbourne we first cycle south to...

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Heart to Beat #44 Victoria: the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

Published on October 11, 2019 at 9:37 AM One of the most iconic routes in the world and perhaps the coolest coastal bike route  is the Great Ocean Road. The road lies along the south coast of Australia, below Adelaide and close to Melbourne. The route is a succession of rugged cliffs, rock formations, sandy beaches and tourist resorts. Heading...

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Heart to Beat #43 South Australia: Adelaide - Mount Gambier

Published on October 3, 2019 at 4:42 PMAwesome! We have time left to see another side of Australia. After the red-yellow outback route from Darwin to Perth, the choice was made for the more green-blue cosmopolitan route of Down Under: from Adelaide to Melbourne and Sydney. This blog will be relatively short, because we will only cycle through the southeastern...

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Heart to Beat #42 Sunset coast

Published on September 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM In this fourth blog and final part of our journey from Darwin to Perth, we cycle south along the west coast. The coastline has various names, the area is often called the Mid West of Western Australia. We give this blog a nice general name: the Sunset coast.We roughly look at how...

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Heart to Beat #41 Pilbara

Published on September 11, 2019 at 10:53 AM By reaching Broome we leave The Kimberley behind us and Pilbara is coming up next. Pilbara is roughly the northwestern part of (Western) Australia and the most characteristic of the area is that it resembles Mars with all that red sand, red rocks and red hills. Were it not for a lot...

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Custom SCRAM Pinion (Gravel bike)

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom SCRAM Pinion (Gravel bike) OHR Cycling X2 wheel set Drivetrain Pinion C1.12 / Carbon Gates belt LAUF Grit fork TRP Hylex RS Hydraulic brakes Brooks Swift Chrome Sadle & Brooks handlebar grip

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Heart to Beat #40 The Kimberley

Published on August 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM Cycling through the infinite emptiness of the Australian outback is magical. Between Kununarra and Broome lies the gigantic area that is called The Kimberley. It is ten times the size of the Netherlands and only 50,000 people live here, half of them in the two already mentioned towns. There are two main...

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Heart to Beat #39 Northern Territory

Published on August 14, 2019 at 9:00 AMDo you know "Border Security"? It is one of Harry's mother's favorite programs. Well, now we are part of the spectacle ourselves: we walk into a room with a number of unpacking tables and officers in uniform and with plastic gloves peeping into all kinds of bags. We look around, and glad fully...

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Heart to Beat #38 Java & Bali (Indonesia 2)

Published on July 28, 2019 at 10:00 AMEven before we set foot on Javanese land, it already starts. It becomes a habit on Java: plan and adjust. It already starts on the ferry when we decide to stay on board, but if everyone leaves the ship and we are the only ones left, we also change plan and leave the...

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Heart to Beat #37 Batam (Indonesia 1)

Published on July 12, 2019 at 11:00 AMAfter the almost un-Asian city-state of Singapore, with all its luxury, amazing urban design and regulated public life, we are ready for our last "stage" in SE Asia: Indonesia.  We started Eight months ago in Kathmandu to cycle through this wonderful part of the world. We kind of are ready for something else;...

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Statistics Juni 29 2019, Singapore: one year on a bike

  Meters Distance 17.699 km / 10,998 mi Average distance in 1 day 75 km / 47 mi Longest distance in 1 day 145 km / 90 mi (in Cambodia from Stung Trang to Preah Vihear) Shortest distance in 1 day 5 km / 3 mi (in Turkey to the top of a mountain to wild camp) Max speed 74,6...

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Heart to Beat #36 Singapore

Published on June 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM Wow we are on the road for a whole year, and at this very moment, the one to look back, we ride into paradise. Paradise is called Singapore. The way it looks here, that's how it will look in heaven, if it exists: beautiful, clean, peaceful, multicultural, clouds but not gray, oh...

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Heart to Beat #35 Malaysia

Published on June 19, 2019 at 6:46 AMWe cycle on the Malacca peninsula from Thailand through Malaysia to Singapore. As travelers, we enjoyed Thailand very much: in terms of cycling (beautiful routes, lovely nature, good roads, bicycle shops); in terms of adding enough calories (delicious food, food and drink stalls everywhere); in terms of convenience (everywhere shops, 7-elevens, many accommodations)...

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Heart to Beat #34 Gulf of Thailand (Thailand 5)

Published on May 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM After not cycling for four weeks and one blog, we are back on the pedals! This blog describes our trip from Bangkok to Krabi. With the exception of the last two days, we follow the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The first day we cycle through the Bangkok metropolitan region, the...

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Custom 29er hardtail

Hereby photos of my assembled custom frame. The first ride has certainly become a revelation. I cannot express the driving characteristics of a titanium frame, but I am much less tired after a ride than with my carbon hardtail. regards, Mark Claesen (Belgium)

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Custom Rohloff mountainbike bike

Just a short feedback after 1 week with my new Pilot. In the meantime I have been able to make a number of local laps on different terrain; my new bike has become a fantastic all-rounder and I am super proud of it - completely to my liking! Greetings Rob Houdijk (The Netherlands)

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Heart to Beat #33 The coronation...(Thailand 4)

Published on May 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM In this blog there is no cycling, this blog contains lazing, drinking, snorkeling, cross-riding, partying and ping-pong. In this blog the children from the Netherlands come to visit us in Thailand: 10 months not seen, 10 days to catch up. You are warned. Is it over-enthusiastic or just bad timing? Anyway, we...

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Custom 29+ with Pinion gearbox

Very well balanced, maybe best I have ever ridden. I am very happy, you guys are artists! Mr. M. Roberts (Australia)

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Heart to Beat #32 Songkran festival (Thailand 3)

Published on April 23, 2019 at 2:00 AM This blog describes our journey from the Cambojan border to Bangkok. A blog with few photos this time, the why will become clear later in the story. It is the second time that we visit Thailand on this world bike tour and this time it is 'party time'. For the third time...

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BIKE (Germany) reviews the PRIMUM V2 --> Sehr Gut!!

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Heart to Beat #31 Cambodja

Published on April 15, 2019 at 8:09 AMAfter 6 weeks in Laos we arrive at the border with Cambodia. For the first time we are not looking forward to a new country. Not because we are tired of traveling, certainly not! But Cambodia is a hot country and April is a hot month. It is the country to traverse on the...

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FIETS magazine test de PILOT MAGNA

Nr.09 // September 2018

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Custom Rohloff road bike

If you want to follow the border between the Netherlands and Belgium or the Netherlands and Germany as tightly as possible with your bike, you sometimes end up on the most troubled roads. This bike can handle that,  it is a real workhorse! You can drive fast, have little maintenance and it still gives you a comfortable ride. In short:...

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Mountainbike Plus test de PRIMUM V2

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Heart to beat #30 South Laos

Gepubliceerd op 2 april 2019 om 00:00 Na drie weken is Laos nog niet af van deze twee fietsende wereldreizigers. Laos Zuid wordt het derde hoofdstuk van onze blog over dit bijzondere land, waarvoor we dan wel nog even de beurs moeten trekken om onze visa te verlengen. Vientiane, de hoofdstad van Laos, kan ons weinig bekoren maar het goedkope...

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Heart to Beat - Cycling Laos

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Cyclists on the road - Magazine De Wereldfietser/De Vakantiefietser

After receiving six bypasses in heart surgery, Harry Morskate has had enough of his management job. "The fast car, all those useless possessions, going to work top-dressed every day (but with stress in the body), it can not be the goal of our lives." In the eind of 2017, he and his wife Roelie decide to sell their belongings and...

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World tour Oirschotse cyclists 'Everywhere you hear: selfie please' - Eindhovens Dagblad

Harry and Roelie Morskate left Oirschot at the end of June for a three-year world trip. By bike. They are now in India. They have been traveling for almost six months and have left more than eight thousand kilometers and fifteen countries on their bikes. While family and friends in the Netherlands are preparing for Christmas, Harry and Roelie Morskate...

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Dutch couple touring the world on bike - The Times of India

Imphal: People in this part of the world are often forced to sell their bicycles to fill up forms in schools or universities and that doesn’t make the headline. But when you see a Dutch couple on a bicycle – or what they call a bike - tour of the world after selling all belongings, including their house, it draws...

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VETURI

It is a matter of time whether all road bikes are equipped with disc brakes. Because I signed up for a weekend of climbing and descending the Mont Ventoux, I decided to buy another road bike but this time with disc brakes. I was looking for something else and I opted for the Pilot Veturi. A titanium bike, with a...

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Cycling Plus (UK) - Why every cyclist should own a titanium bike

By Rob Spedding – September 30, 2017 at 10:57 am Carbon-fibre bikes are everywhere, so why not treat yourself to something made of titanium. Here's why you won't regret it. They’re a sweet ride Good titanium frames have a ride quality that’s hard to find in a bike made from any other material. They’re lively but they aren’t as springy and...

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Mount Everest op fietsen kan gewoon in uw achtertuin

donderdag 29 juni 2017 - Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN) De Mount Everest — de volle 8.848 meter — op - fietsen in je eigen achtertuin? Het kan, en het heet ‘Everesting’. De Antwerpse Sylvie Uyttendaele (43) reed 95 keer dezelfde heuvel op, bijna 19 uur lang, en is zo de eerste vrouwelijke ‘Everester’ in ons land.Nee, het is niet de...

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3 Pilot employees rippin' the trails of Müllertahl (Luxemburg)

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Custom 29er+

Best regards from Andalusia. I really enjoy the Ride with my bike. It‘s awesome👍 Jens Braun (Germany)

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Custom painted & tailor made road bike

The purchase of a custom-made frame should, of course, be fun afterwards, as well as before. Capturing the geometry, thinking about the specs, discussing the concrete elaboration, in my opinion an elongated party. At Pilot Cycles they have perfectly understood the importance and fun of this process. This starts with a good listener regarding deployment and specific wishes and continues...

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Custom Campagnolo road bike

My goal was to build a titanium bike to my personal wishes. Pilot Cycles has proven to me that they are very capable helping me out during the visual design of the frame in combination with the ideal geometry. I alternate short journeys with long journeys and a titanium frame is perfect for that; my tailor made Pilot MAGNA offers...

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Two tailor made electric trekking bikes

We experienced the staff at Pilot as polite and knowledgeable who know what they are talking about. They are problem solving people who always look for solutions and do NOT think in terms of problems. PILOT Cycles is a company which I can certainly recommend if you are looking for a titanium bike. After all, nothing beats customization. These PILOT...

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Tailor made Commuter

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom commuter frame Custom Anodized finish OHR Cycling Carbon D4 wheelset Drivetrain Shimano XTR (M9000) Pilot Carbon gravel fork Shimano XTR brakes & Ultegra discs SP dynamo hub

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Heart to beat #29 Central Laos

Published at March 10, 2019 at 8:00 AMGiving to others  as an act of virtue is essential in Buddhism and brings happiness. Giving alms to a monk yields his blessing. Also in Laos the monks walk around in the morning to gather food from the people in the vicinity of the monasteries; a ritual that we encounter every day since...

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Custom VAMOS Pinion Mixte

Highlights: Year of built: 2018 Custom VAMOS Mixte 650B frame Pinion P1.18 gearbox Pilot Ti trekking fork HOPE tech V4 brakes & Pro 4 rear hub Son dynamo hub The Plug III

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Heart to Beat #28 Northern Laos

Published at February 25, 2019 at 12:00 PMOur cycle route through Laos comprises roughly two loops. First a northern loop where we cycle towards the Chinese border and then gradually turn to Luang Prabang, the city to which all tourists at the border leave by boat. The second loop goes south where we will divert at Vientiane to the east...

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Tailor made 29er+ driven by Pinion & Lauf suspension

Year of built: 2017 Lauf Carbonara fork Hope Tech brakes Pilot titanium parts

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VELOZINE: Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 3

De complete fiets! Gepost in Reviews, Specials door Lars op 26 november 2018 Deze serie artikelen gaat over het aanschafproces van een op maat gemaakt titanium frame. In artikel 1 en 2 kon je lezen over het ontwerp en de realisatie van het frame. Dit 3e en laatste artikel gaat over de algemene indruk van de complete fiets en een...

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VELOZINE: Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 2

Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 2 Titiboem: het frame is daar! Gepost in Specials door Lars op 16 juli 2018 Deze serie artikelen gaat over het aanschafproces van een op maat gemaakt titanium frame. In artikel 1 kon je lezen over het frame-ontwerp. Dit 2e artikel gaat over het grafische design van de fiets, de afwerking en… het gerealiseerde frame! Benieuwd...

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VELOZINE: Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 1

Hoe ontwerp je een op maat gemaakte hardtail? Gepost in Specials door Lars op 19 maart 2018 Vorige zomer crosste ik rond op een Pilot Primum 29: een titanium hardtail met een klassieke XC geometrie. Pilot gaat echter prat op hun aanbod om fietsen naar wens te bouwen… en dat zette me aan het denken. Ik vond de geteste Primum een prachtige fiets, maar wanneer...

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Vojo Test | Pilot Duro Pinion: onderhoudsvrij titanium werkpaard

27 February 2019 — Jurgen Groenwals Een mountainbike in titanium blijft toch een pure eyecatcher. Eender waar je ermee komt, medebikers en passanten staren bewonderend naar je frame. Wanneer in dat frame dan ook nog een Pinion-gearbox zit, gaat dat staren al snel over in vragen stellen. Dat is met deze Pilot Duro Pinion niet anders.Lees de volledige review op...

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BIKE Magazine Germany - Falkenjagd Teleon B+ gegen Pilot Locum B+

Test 2017: Titan-Bikes von Falkenjagd und Pilot Falkenjagd Teleon B+ gegen Pilot Locum B+ Florentin Vesenbeckh, Stefan Loibl am 07.08.2017 Edel, puristisch, zeitlos: Titan-Bikes sind Liebhaberstücke. Wir haben zwei besondere Hardtails mit Plus-Bereifung in den Ring gebeten. Falkenjagd gegen Pilot. Ein Duell Deutschland gegen Holland. PILOT LOCUM B+ Die Holländer von Pilot stellen ein deutlich abfahrtslastigeres Bike in den Ring....

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Velozine - Pilot Primum 29 – Niks meer te wensen over?

Een bikereview aan de hand van vooroordelen Gepost in Reviews door Lars op 13 september 2017   Als biker-journalist van 1.9 m met lange benen ben je meestal niet zo druk met fietsen testen. Testfietsen in maatje dranghek zijn namelijk zeldzaam. Daarom was ik blij verrast toen het Nederlandse Pilot spontaan een Primum 29 in maat XL aanbood, voor een vier weken lange test. Als...

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Terrengsykkel Norway- TESTET: PILOT LOCUM Eksotisk titandrøm fra Nederland

Av: Kristoffer H. Kippernes Tirsdag 21. august 2018. kl 10:00 Les også: Ny Sensor og Force fra GT Nederlandske Pilot Cycles har satt seg som mål å tilfredsstille syklister med behov litt utenom det vanlige. Merket lager kun sykler med rammer av titan, og relativt dyre komponenter. Du kan enten bestille deg en titan-ramme som lages i samarbeid med produsenten...

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Singletrack UK reviews the LOCUM Pinion - Titanium Frame + Pinion Gearbox + Belt Drive = The Ultimate Adventure Hardtail?

by Tom Hutton MTB Guiding  January 8, 2018 2:26 pm Late last year, we received a rather special titanium hardtail. Manufactured in the Netherlands by Pilot Cycles, the Locum Pinion 27.5+ is designed as a do-it-all adventure bike that looks to be an ideal all-weather machine. To put it through its paces and to see how that Pinion Gearbox and the Gates...

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Singletrack UK - The Titanium Locum Pinion From Pilot Cycles Get a load of this titanium beauty!

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Singletrack UK - All The Niches: Pilot’s Titanium Plus Bike

NEWS by Wil Barrett December 7, 2016 5:51 pmWe’ve had a bit of a titanium theme going on lately at Singletrack Towers. The latest run of unobtanium started with that very rare Lynskey full suspension bike we spotted at the Cycle Show, then we were sent a press release about some ludicrously expensive titanium jockey wheels and chainrings, followed by the news on...

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Het is Koers test de CELES in maat 60 - Fluwelen Tochtjes Op Titanium

By Alex van der Hulst|dinsdag 26 september 2017 Het titanium laat zich kennen op de laatste brug voor thuiskomst. Normaal is het daar, op die flauwe helling naar boven, kommer en kwel omdat meneer de doldrieste testfietser met krachten heeft gewoekerd op de voorafgaande dijken. Met dat gewoeker is het deze keer niet anders. De Pilot Veturi die we die ochtend in het...

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Heart to Beat - North Thailand

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Custom painted road bike (Rebel Heart)

Custom road bike Highlights: Year of built: 2017 Custom Ti road frame, painted finish SRAM Red groupset Dt-Swiss Spline (alu) & HUNT (carbon) wheelset Pilot carbon fork

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VETURI

"Dear Pilot gentlemen, I bought a Veturi with you a few months ago. I just wanted to let you know that I am very satisfied with it. It rides very smooth and I have considerably less back pain (one of the reasons why I opted for titanium) than I experienced on my old carbon bike. I also receive a lot...

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Custom painted PRIMUM V2

Custom PRIMUM V2 Highlights Year of built: 2018 Custom Ti 29er frame Shimano XTR Di-2 drivetrain OHR B2 Carbon wheelset (boost) FOX 32 Step-cast Factory series 100mm fork TUNE Geiles Teil (stem) & Turnstange flatbar  

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Custom MAGNA disc - For the Riders (Australia)

Custom E-tap road bike Highlights Year of built: 2018 Custom Ti road frame, anodised finish SRAM RED E-tap groupset ENVE wheelset ENVE carbon fork

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LOCUM Pinion

Guys, "When I got my bike a little over a year ago you asked me to send pictures, which I haven't done until now. The Locum has been perfect for me. I've ridden it all over Arkansas, and even had the chance to take it with me to San Francisco (you can see the top of the golden gate bridge...

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PRIMUM

“I always appreciated titanium bikes for their unique and clean look and Pilot was able to go even further with their internal cable route. Besides that the performance is great and for sure I will be considering upgrading my other bikes to a titanium frame.” Gabriel Giordani (Spain)

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Custom Rohloff Road bike

"Nach langer Fehlersuche ist mein Rad jetzt perfekt! Hier nochmal meinen besten Dank an das gesamte Team von Pilotcycles. Es war ein Fehler bei den zu gekauften Komponenten und ih‎r habt mich vorbildlich unterstützt bis der Fehler gefunden wurde. Nun zum Rad. Jetzt weiß ich warum ein Maßnahmen nicht mit einem Rad von der Stange zu vergleichen ist. Es passt...

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Custom Pinion Road bike

"Thanks Pilot Cycles! You were the only ones who dared to build my bike. I realize that you guys are not wizzards, but if it is technically possible, it is possible for you. You build unique bikes. There is always something wrong when building prototypes but instead of denying the problems you guys solve these problems in a proper way....

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Custom PRIMUM

"Riding quality is outstanding and details like internal cable guides are clean and actual". Best regards, Antonio Carrasquilla (Brasil)

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Two custom road bikes

"The proces of creating a custom bike was new to us but with the help from you guys we enjoyed this experienced very much. And most important of all; it is a real pleasure every time we take our PILOT bikes for a spin!" Marcel and Lonneke van Leeuwen From The Netherlands

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LOCUM PINION - Velofollies 2018 by Ridez.cc

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Pilot tutorial - Rear wheel change Pinion & Gates

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Booming Brabant - Pilot Cycles bedrijfsfilm

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Heart to Beat #27 Chiangland (Thailand 2)

Published at February 13, 2019 at 10:33 AM With some melancholy we have left the famous Mea Hong Son Loop behind. As we sit on a terrace in the old center of Chiang Mai we ruminate about what lies behind: the Alps, Rodopi (Bulgaria), Turkey, Svaneti (Caucasus), Annapurna and the Loop. The highlights are also literally highlights. There is more...

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Heart to Beat - Georgia

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Custom CELES Pinion

"I am very happy with my custom CELES with Pinion gearbox, best bike ever!" Eric Timmer (from The Netherlands) Thanks Eric for sharing your beautiful pictures of your very special ride; a custom CELES driven by Pinion.

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Custom Primum 29er hardtail

Henri thanks a lot for sending in these nice pictures from you riding the Salzkammergut Trophy! Bike: Custom Pilot Primum (medium size)

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Heart to Beat - NE India

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Heart to Beat - Turkey by bicycle

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Heart to Beat - Cheers!

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BikeRadar (UK) - Pilot Veturi review

Published at October, 2017 Pilot Veturi review New titanium ride from Holland BikeRadar verdict "A fine blend of traditional geometry and tech components with a finely tuned ride"   Highs: Lovely, supple and smooth ride, very well-thought-out build   Lows: The mix-and-match disc standards make upgrades and replacements a challenge   Buy if: You value comfort and do-it-all ability above speed and light...

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Oppad - TEST PILOT VAMOS ROHLOFF

Published at August, 2017 TEST PILOT VAMOS ROHLOFF FIETS, 2017 Een fiets die lang meegaat VOORDELEN + duurzaam frame + rijgedrag + keuzemogelijkheden in afmontage NADELEN - aanschafprijs - geen duurzame trapas in standaard afmontage EINDOORDEEL 5-sterren! De Vamos is het nieuwe trekpaard uit de stal van Pilot. Van titanium; dus geen koopje, maar wel een fiets die heel lang...

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Heart to Beat #26 Mae Hong Son Loop (Thailand 1)

Published at February 6, 2019 at 3:00 AM Thailand is not completely unknown to us. We have already gone twice before to find the sun in the Dutch winter time. For the third time, in March 2015, the airline tickets and accommodation were booked but we canceled. Instead of lying at the beach, Harry was lying in the hospital for...

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Vojo test - Pilot Locum: de alleskunner met Plus-banden

Published at October, 2017 Pilot Locum: de alleskunner met Plus-banden Het Nederlandse Pilot werd begin 2013 opgericht door Joris Claessen en Karel van der Marel. Samen werkten ze een formule uit waardoor de klant zijn fiets volledig custom kon samenstellen. Als basis voor die custom fietsen heeft Pilot ook enkele racefietsen en MTB-modellen in de catalogus staan, waaronder modellen die...

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SintChristophorus.nl - 650B+ bikepacking

Published at Januari, 2018 TEST: PILOT LOCUM PINION 650B+ Er is veel te doen om de vele verschillende wielmaten in de fietsindustrie. Zesentwintig inch, Achtentwintig inch, Twentyniners, 27,5″, 650B met en zonder ‘Plus’, Fatbike… Houden jullie het een beetje bij? Ik doe mijn best om het allemaal nog te volgen en ik heb met bijna alles gereden. Ik had echter...

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Custom trekking/commuter

Highlights: Year of built: 2018 Custom commuter frame Custom Anodized finish Pinion P1.18 gearbox Pilot Ti trekking forks HOPE tech X2 brakes & Pro 4 rear hub SP dynamo hub Pilot Ti low carrier

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Custom painted road bike

Custom Di2 road bike Highlights: Year of built: 2017 Custom Ti road frame, painted finish SRAM Force 1 groupset Ohrcycling D4.4 wheelset Pilot carbon fork

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Custom Di2 road bike

Highlights: Year of built: 2017 Custom Ti road XL frame Shimano Ultegra Di2 Columbus fork

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Heart to Beat #25 Myanmar (2)

Published at January 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM After New Year and Harry's birthday, the bleak days of January begin. At least that is what we experienced in the Netherlands. Usually there was a planned holiday around carnival to the sun to look forward to. Now we are already in the sun and while in the Netherlands people skate on...

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Custom 650b+ gearbox bike

Custom Ti 650b+ Highlights: Year of built: 2016 Custom Ti B+ frame Pinion P1.18 gearbox FOX 34 120mm forks HOPE Tech X2 brakes

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Custom 650b+

Custom Ti 650b+ Highlights: Year of built: 2016 Custom Ti B+ frame FOX 34 120mm forks Shiman0 XT M8000 groupset

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Custom Ti 29er

Custom Ti 29er, 2016 Highlights: Year of built: 2014 Custom Ti 29er frame for Rohloff Integrated seatpost (ISP) Rockshox Rs1 fork ROTOR cranks Shiman0 XT brakes

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Custom Ti 29er

Custom Ti 29er, 2015 Highlights: Year of built: 2014 Custom Ti 29e frame for Rohloff Rigid carbon forks ROTOR cranks Formula R1 brakes

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Custom Ti 29er

Highlights: Year of built: 2014 Custom Ti 29e frame for Rohloff Raceface cranks Gates CDX belt drive FOX 32 100mm forks HOPE tech X2 brakes

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Custom 29er gearbox bike

Highlights: 2018 Custom made Titanium frame Pinion P1.18 gearbox Lefty XLR Gates CDX belt drive Hope X2 brakes

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Heart to Beat #24 Myanmar (1)

Published at January 14, 2019 at 3:30 PMMyanmar, or Burma, is still a country with many secrets. For a long time (almost) inaccessible for foreigners / tourists, then for some time apathetic towards people who want to enter and explore the country by bicycle and not by plane to go to a resort and from there take perhaps a few...

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The MOAB machine - LOCUM Pinion

Joe thanks a lot for sending in these REALLY COOL pictures from you riding the trails at MOAB, you know how to make us jealous! Bike: Pilot Locum Pinion (medium size) Custom built by Joe..

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Heart to Beat #23 Christmas in Nagaland & Manipur

Published at December 30, 2018 at 1:30 AMThe seven states in north-east India are called the Seven Sisters. We have now crossed state of Assam and left the valley of the Brahmaputra behind. We will visit two of the six remaining sisters: Nagaland and Manipur. Until recently there have been violent incidents in both states (and also in parts of...

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Let's get dirty...

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Rastafari - Custom 29er +

Custom made titanium 29+ with the Pinion P1.18 gearbox and Gates CDX belt drive.

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Weapon of choice - Custom road bike

"I bought a custom frame + carbon fork at Pilot Cycles and built it u by myself. Designing the frame to my own taste was super but also the assistance I experienced during the proces of designing the frame was professional and very helpful. Mine custom Pilot rides tight but comfortable." Johan van Meggelen (from The Netherlands) Fighter plane or...

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Olivier's Pilot LOCUM packer bike

Thanks Olivier for submitting these super cool photos at these amazing locations. Your camera work is awesome!

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Custom Ti travel bike...

Thanks to John for sending these super cool photos from the Australian outback!

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FIETS - Pilot Duro in toertocht test

Published at December, 2019 TEKST: ROB MEEUWESSEN /// FOTO’S: REMCO VEURINK HET IS MTB-TOERTOCHTTIJD! WAT OOIT IN 1986 BEGON IN EDE MET DE EERSTE ‘TERREIN FIETSTOCHT’ IS UITGEGROEID TOT EEN LANDELIJKE TRADITIE. OUDE WINTERKLEDING, DIKKE OVERSCHOENEN EN FLUO HANDSCHOENEN AAN, IN ALLE VROEGTE VERZAMELEN BIJ DE PLAATSELIJKE VOETBALCLUB EN DAN HUP: GAAN. WAT EEN GOEDE FIETS IS VOOR ZO’N OCHTENDJE...

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Heart to Beat #22 Assam

Published at December 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM The second state we visit is Assam, the largest and most populous state in northeastern India. The state is largely occupied by the valley of the miles wide Brahmaputra river. We cross numerous rivers that flow from the Himalayas in the north to the mighty Brahmaputra in the south. The foothills of the...

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Ridez.cc - Pilot Primum V2 29 – Titanium Bike Porn

Published 27 januari, 2019 Je bent gewaarschuwd. Dit is geen conventionele fietstest met een leuke beschrijving van frame en onderdelen, afgesloten met een balans tussen plus- en minpunten. Bij een titanium fiets zoals de Pilot Primum V2 29 doet een droge opsomming van feiten met een zakelijke conclusie simpelweg geen recht aan het bijzondere karakter van deze fiets. Een bewuste...

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Singletrack - DURO - Review: Jason likes titanium but did this Pilot Duro live up to expectations?

Published at February 8, 2019 “Many, many years you will be enjoying the magical riding qualities of your handcrafted, high grade titanium frame”, it says on the Pilot website. My own personal experience of titanium frames is that I’m yet to ride one that’s ‘magical’ but I can say with some certainty that in general they’re very nice to ride.I...

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mountainbike.nl - Pilot LOCUM Pinion review

Published at September 27, 2017 Trails rijden met de Pilot Locum Pinion 650B+, Pinion, Gates en Titanium. Dat zijn de 4 steekwoorden die de complete bike al omschrijven. Technische trails, singletracks, zandvlaktes of toch liever de heuveltjes? Wij namen de proef op de som om te kijken waar deze bike zich het meest thuis voelt. Bij het ophalen van de fiets bij...

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Heart to Beat #21 West Bengal

Published at December 14, 2018 at 1:00 PMAfter Nepal our route runs through the northeast of India. We continue to cycle to the east in the direction of Myanmar and we will cross the Indian states West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. At least that is the plan, you never know. Plans change continuously and detours are made easily. Northeast India...

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Unicorn Bikes - Pilot LOCUM Pinion video review

Published at Februari 9, 2018"Today, I test the Pilot cycles Locum Pinion. A very, very high-end hardtail handmade in The Netherlands from Titanium and using the Pinion P1.12 gearbox transmission."

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Singletrack - Pilot DURO first look!

Published at October 3, 2018“Modern, fast agile and low maintenance wrapped in fluent lines.” is what Dutch frame makers, Pilot Cycles, says about its new DURO hardtail. We can’t comment on all of those points just yet as we’ve only just unboxed it, but “fluent lines” yes sir! This isn’t our first Pilot Cycles rodeo, back in November last year,...

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Heart to Beat #20 Nepal

Published at December 3, 2018 at 2:00 PMIt is a lot of hassle in Tbilisi (Georgia) to get the bikes ready for the flight. Especially because we have purchased cheap tickets that allow us to check in 30 kilos of luggage per person and to carry 10 kilos of hand luggage in a standard size bag. We think that our...

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Heart to Beat #19 Annapurna Circuit

Published at November 18, 2018 at 11:05 AMAlmost 15 years ago, Roelie walked with her girlfriend Barbara in Nepal to Mount Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. It was heavy, primitive, (too) high but very beautiful. Since then she has been dreaming of walking the Annapurna Circuit, the other big and famous multi-day walking tour in Nepal. It is therefore only...

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Heart to Beat #18 Kutaisi – Tbilisi (Georgia 3)

Published at October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AMThe last part of our route through Georgia takes us from Kutaisi to the capital Tbilisi via all kinds of back-roads. We leave the high Caucasus definitively, even though we continue to see the mighty peaks for days. We are looking forward to Tbilisi, but less in the way there. We expect a...

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Heart to Beat #17 Svaneti (Georgia 2)

Published at October 19, 2018 at 9:00 PMFrom Kutaisi we cycle to Zugdidi. At least that was the plan. We did not make it. After a very simple and flat first half ,where we share the road with pigs, cows, geese and horses, we turn off the main road into the hills.The road turns into a a gravel road, into...

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Heart to Beat #16 Borjomi (Georgia 1)

Published at October 19, 2018 at 12:00 PMThe border crossing at Posof, Turkey brings us to Georgia. Actually, you do not even see that you arrive in another country. That is explainable because we come from a Turkish region where quite a lot of ethnic Georgians live. But there are differences. Little litter in the verges. No broken (beer) glass...

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Heart to beat #15 Back into the mountains (Anatolië 5)

Published at October 9, 2018 at 12:00 AMIn our last blog we wrote that we left the route along the Black Sea and choose to retreat into the interior of Turkey, back into the mountains. It turned out to be a good choice! In this part of Turkey you are off the coast within a few dozen kilometers between mountains...

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Heart to Beat #14 Black Sea coast (Anatolia 4)

Published at October 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM The route along the Black Sea can not appeal to us as mountain lovers. The road along the coast is busy and boring and forms a big barrier in all villages and towns along the way. Rivers flowing from beautiful valleys inland into the sea all along the coast. It is tempting...

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Heart to Beat #13 To the Black Sea (Anatolia 3)

Published at September 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM Turkey seriously slowed us down: too many beautiful encounters, too much tea, too many detours, which we insert at the last minute and of course too many mountains. We have a great time, but realize that due to the coming winter, our travel plans through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will no longer be...

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Heart to Beat # 12 Hospitality at its best (Anatolia 2)

Published at September 13, 2018 at 9:00 PMWhat unprecedented hospitality the Turks know! From the picturesque and old little İznik, where our previous blog ended, we cycle to Sakarya, a city with approximately 1 million inhabitants. After 20 kilomters we buy bread and cheese a supermarket. The owner invites us for a cup of tea. A few kilometers further the...

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Heart to Beat #11 Anatolia (1)

Published at September 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM We have left Europe behind us. From Gelibolu we cross the straits of the Marmara Sea by ferry. Across the street we buy some groceries and see a barber shop next door. Harry needs a haircut and is turns out not only to be a haircut, but also extensively massaged, washed, eyebrows...

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Heart to Beat #10 Misa paradise

Published at September 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM A long weekend in Bursa Sweaty from a steep climb we arrive in Misa, apparently a picturesque village within the expanding boundaries of the metropolis Bursa. Bursa has been the capital of the great Ottoman empire. It counts over 2 million inhabitants and many must see attractions. Misa has a campground according...

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Heart to Beat #9 Greek and Turkish coast

Published at August 28, 2018 at 9:00 PM From the pass at the border between Bulgaria and Greece at Makaza, we see a brand new way down. A few hundred meters after the border, both bicycle route planner bikemap.com as maps.me ignore this masterpiece of civil engineering work and to choose the old road. Already after 100 meters we regret...

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Heart to Beat #8 Bulgaria

Published at August 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM Little is told about Bulgaria in the Netherlands. As far as we know, Bulgarians are good at discus, wrestling, skimming and working cheaply. Quite limited and not too positive image! Besides, we had prepared ourselves "just fine": we thought the Euro was the currency. It turned out to be the Lev. And...

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Heart to Beat #7 Serbia

Published at August 9, 2018 at 9:00 PM Serbia is the fourth country of former Yugoslavia that we visit on our cycling tour around the world. And this country is again completely unique compared to the previous three. The country has left impressions with us that we will not forget. Under an inky dark sky we cross the border to...

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Heart to Beat #6 Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published at July 30, 2018 at 7:44 AM For cyclists it is good to know that campsites are thinly strewn in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. If you want to camp, it is advisable to adjust your route accordingly. Something we did not do. We searched every day for a campground for the next day on Google Maps and Maps.me. Every...

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Heart to Beat #5 Alps

Published at July 19, 2018 at 7:19 AM The Alps are beautiful, not many will dispute that. But if you have to get on the other side,  people still find them a barrier. Motorists will have to deal with tunnels, toll-laden and congested roads, an overheated engine, traffic jams, children yelling in the backseat and fatigue after a day of...

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Heart to beat #4 Swabian Albs

Published at July 18, 2018 at 7:07 PMFrom camping Strasbourg we cycle into the old center with the special cathedral of which there is only one tower instead of two. On Sunday mornings it is quiet in the streets where surprising rivers and brooks flow through in different places. Via a modern white slow traffic bridge we cross the Rhine...

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Heart to Beat #3 Rivers and canals

Published at July 14, 2018 at 7:04 PM The border with Luxembourg is partly formed by the river Our. We cycle about 15 km across Luxembourg territory until we return to Germany with a ferry over the Mosel: our 5th border crossing within 5 days. We follow the Mosel a bit to the east until Konz, a town that lies...

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Heart to Beat #2 We made a start

Published at July 7, 2018 at 7:09 PM Well, it is clear we will not blog daily. That would be impossible. Not only for us, but also for the people who follow us on our website. Nobody wants 1000+ stories about our "everyday" experiences. We want to blog about a theme, about the area or cycle route. This blog is...

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Heart to Beat #1 Departure day

Published at June 30, 2018 at 4:39 PM Finally it’s time to take off! We lived towards this day for months. After all preparations, selling our belongings and our house, arranging a lot, and not to be forgotten unforgettable farewell moments, it is departure day! Yesterday we had the final inspection of our house. Everything was of course neat and...

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FietsActief (ANWB) - Rij-impressie Pilot Vamos Rohloff

De Vamos is het nieuwe trekpaard uit de stal van Pilot. Van titanium; dus geen koopje, maar wel een fiets die heel lang meegaat. Pilot Cycles in Nuenen werd in 2013 gestart door twee fietsfanaten: Joris Claessens en Pieter van der Marel. De eerste had al acht jaar een fietsenzaak gerund, de ander was daar een klant die vaak lastige...

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Nest magazine: Wild in de modder en braaf in de stad

Mei 2018 Een nieuwe trend komt overgewaaid uit de VS: bikepacking is backpacking met de fiets. Je rijdt meerdere dagen offroad en kampeert onderweg. Welke fietsen kunnen dat aan en zijn ook nog eens geschikt voor de woon-werktrip door de stad? Een binnensmondse vloek, ongeloof, even links en rechts kijken en hopen op een vergissing, absolute stilte en dan vrij...