This an evolution of the original Sogn series of bikes that Rawland started out with. This is a 650b specific wheeled, cantilever equipped fat tire capable bike. The new color is stunning, and the geometry has been refined with input from Rawland riders who have ridden the original bikes for years. This bike features road quick geometry, with a higher rake fork to keep things stable. With thin tires or fat, these ride very well indeed in conditions from road, to gravel to single track. The bike pictured weighs in at 21.5 lbs, keeping it in line with other performance type bikes.
The rSogn uses similar tubing to the Drakkar. Other feature points such as the Pacenti crowned fork and reinforcement rings carry over from the Drakkar as well. In general these bikes have longer than standard head tubes that support a more upright position while eliminating the need for high rise stems or many stem spacers.
The rSogn will fit standard road and MTB drive trains. This is shown with the new Sugino external bearing crank in 50-34 with 7900 derailleurs. Tire clearance is enough for full 2.3" tires and mud, or smaller tires and full fenders easily. This bike has a 12-28 rear cassette which keeps the steps between gears small but overall gear range fairly broad.
New seat post decals carry the Rawland Nordic theme into the new model. Just behind that in the photo you can see the new seat stay mounted frame pump peg.
This is a great looking new bike from Rawland. It is at once classic yet modern. I love the aesthetic of the slight top tube slope, big tires, and tight frame clearances. These promise to keep the Rawland hallmarks of stylishly classic designs with modern day performance alive. Give us a call if you have any questions about this bike, or if you are interested in picking up one of these fine steeds for your stable.