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Cairn Cycle’s updated e-gravel machine brings more assisted adventure

Cairn Cycle’s up to date e-gravel machine brings extra assisted journey

Whereas Cairn Cycle’s unique E-Journey bike was in style with its prospects, and we had been impressed with the unique after we tried it back in 2018, for its newest iteration the corporate has gone again to its prospects to search out out what they might change or enhance concerning the bike.

In addition to adjustments to its geometry, different key enhancements embody an replace to the motor, adjustments to cable routing and controller place, and wheel choices and compatibility for a dropper to cater to extra adventurous riders.

Six enhancements the V2 bike brings

  1. Improved cable positioning
  2. Re-positioned controller for simpler operation
  3. Elevated standover peak
  4. Improved consolation and compliance
  5. Up to date motor system
  6. Two variations: 650b and 700c

Cairn Cycles E-Journey V2 body and geometry

The primary space that sees a refresh is the bike’s cabling, which cleans up the entrance finish and gives provision for each a dropper put up and e-system powered lighting.

The cable information positions have been moved, however a full inside routing design has been averted – quick changing into the development of 2021 mannequin bikes – as a result of Cairn found homeowners of its bikes like to change and personalise them. Simplicity was the important thing right here, for straightforward upkeep and part switching.

Cable routing has been simplified and routing for lighting and dropper put up compatibility added.
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The body design has additionally been tweaked. Shortening the seat tube and reducing the highest tube to seat tube joint has elevated standover peak and improved compliance by giving extra uncovered seatpost.

The rear seatstays have additionally been modified by eradicating the seatstay bridge to help rear-end compliance. However don’t concern, mudguard fans, the bridge has been changed with a light-weight single-sided bolt-on plate for a detachable ‘guard becoming.

The rear seatstay bridge has been changed with a single-sided bolt-on mudguard mount.
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Whereas the off-road biased geometry and dealing with, which earned the unique a number of reward, stays, the adjustments convey extra consolation and compliance, which Cairn claims will make the E-Journey a good higher assisted all-road machine.

The V1’s beneficiant tyre clearance stays too, with a claimed 45c for the 700c bike and a pair of.25in in 650b guise.

Tyre clearance is beneficiant, with area for 45c tyres on the 700 construct and a pair of.25in on the 650b model. The 700c bike comes fitted with 38c tyres.
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Cairn Cycles E-Journey V2 motor

Cairn has stayed dedicated to the light-weight German Fazua motor system, however has moved the place of the controller from the unique bike’s down tube place to a flush becoming within the prime tube.

This all the time appeared to us to be a greater place for it as a result of it means you may simply and shortly swap between modes, whereas the place of the V1’s controller was onerous to succeed in at the perfect of occasions.

Fazua’s backside bracket and down tube mounted system is without doubt one of the lightest in the marketplace.
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Fazua’s latest update to the motor, ‘Black Pepper’, brings rather more management to the rider too, and it’s potential to tailor the facility supply of the system. Cairn has used this to create its personal tuning that comes pre-set on the V2.

Black Pepper additionally brings compatibility with third-party head items reminiscent of Garmin’s Edge computers to show ebike metrics on display screen and even present dual-sided energy meter information from the Fazua’s backside bracket motor system.

Something-style cages on the entrance fork are designed to hold the 1kg enlargement batteries.
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Cairn now gives a Fazua vary extension battery within the type of the Cairn battery keg (and a particular bottle cage), which weighs in at simply 1kg, so you may simply carry additional energy reserves on long-haul rides.

Cairn Cycles E-Journey V2 wheel and tyre choices

Cairn labored carefully with Hunt on ebike-specific wheelsets for the Journey V2.
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One factor that Cairn discovered from the unique homeowners was that there have been two distinct varieties of rider; those that use the bike on each tarmac and path and need a fast-paced 700c bike, and people who wish to have extra off-road adventures with bigger tyres for a extra sturdy experience and extra consolation when issues get rocky. Many additionally needed a dropper put up for when the paths level downwards.

Cairn labored carefully with Hunt (each are a part of The Rider Firm collective) on designing e-gravel-specific wheels based mostly on Hunt’s effectively regarded 700c 4 Seasons and 650b Journey Sports activities.

These 25mm inside width rims are laced to new ebike particular hubs. The 4 pawl, 36-point engagement rear hub is strengthened over the usual hubs through the use of a metal axle reasonably than alloy. That is to deal with the elevated torque put via the drivetrain from the ebike motor at full energy.

The brand new 700c wheel known as the Hunt X Cairn E-Gravel disc and is particular to the Cairn Journey 700. A brand new ebike-specific model of the Journey Sport 650b wheel comes with the identical strengthened metal axle rear hub.

The 700c bike’s Hunt X Cairn E-Gravel disc wheels are fitted with Vittoria Terreno Dry 38c tyres. The textured centre part and shoulder knobbled tread ought to provide a superb steadiness between on-road velocity and off-road grip.

The 650b bike’s Hunt Journey Sport rims are constructed on the identical Hunt E-Gravel hubs however run Vittoria’s Mezcal tyres in a 27.5 x 2.25in entrance, 2.1in rear mixture.

Cairn Cycles E-Journey V2 package

Praxis gives the ebike-specific chainset however Cairn has switched to Shimano GRX for the remainder of the drivetrain and braking.
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Cairn has additionally switched the bike over to Shimano’s GRX group. The explanation, it says, was on account of Shimano’s introduction of Servo Wave into the brake system on GRX (one thing beforehand solely discovered on mountain bikes), giving excellent management and brake motion from the hoods – and after we examined Shimano GRX Di2 we discovered the Servo Wave tech to be simply brilliant.

The 700c bike is completed with a Ritchey bar and stem, a carbon seatpost and a mix of Cloth saddle and bar tape caring for the contact factors. It’s priced at £2,989.

The 650b bike beneficial properties a Trans-X 80mm dropper put up with a drop bar-specific cable actuated distant designed to be simply operated from each the drops and the hoods. Just like the 700c mannequin, the 650b can be priced at £2,989.

Cairn E-Journey V2 700c specs

  • Body: 6061-T6 alloy with prime tube built-in Fazua contact distant
  • Fork: Full carbon with Something mounts on each legs
  • Wheels: Hunt Gravel X Huge rim, Hunt E-Gravel hub, Pillar triple-butted spokes
  • Tyres: Vittoria Terrano Dry 700 x 38c
  • Handlebar: Ritchey Butano Comp / S – 42cm, M/L – 44cm, XL – 46cm
  • Stem: Ritchey 4-Axis-44 7-degree / S – 70mm, M – 80mm, L – 90mm, XL – 100mm
  • Bar tape: Cloth Knurl black
  • Crankset: Praxis Fazua Alloy w/42t Spider / S – 165mm, M/L – 170mm, XL – 172.5mm
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-M7000 11-speed 11-42t
  • Chain: KMC e11 Sport with EPT coating
  • Shifters: Shimano GRX ST-RX600 proper and left for single ring
  • Rear mech: Shimano GRX RD-RX812
  • Brakes: Shimano GRX BR-RX400
  • Rotors: Shimano SM-RT64 160mm
  • Saddle: Cloth Scoop Elite Shallow
  • Seatpost: Cairn Carbon, 27.2mm, 350mm
  • Through-axles: Cairn Alloy with detachable bottle opener deal with
  • Different: Removeable rear mudguard bridge

Cairn E-Journey V2 650b specs

  • Body: 6061-T6 alloy with prime tube built-in Fazua contact distant
  • Fork: Full Carbon with Something mounts on each legs
  • Wheels: Hunt Journey Sport disc rim, Hunt E-Gravel hub, Pillar triple-butted spoke
  • Tyre: Vittoria Mezcal 27.5 x 2.25in entrance, 2.1in rear
  • Handlebar: Cairn Journey 20-degree flare, 65mm attain, 105mm drop  / S – 44cm, M – 46cm, L – 48cm, XL – 50cm
  • Stem: Cairn Journey 6061-T6 / S – 60mm, M – 70mm, L – 80mm, XL – 90mm
  • Bar tape: Cairn Anti Slip Gravel
  • Crankset: Praxis Fazua Alloy with 42t Spider / S – 165mm, M/L – 170mm, XL – 172.5mm
  • Cassette: Sunrace CSMS7 11-speed 11-42t
  • Chain: KMC X11
  • Shifters: Shimano GRX ST-RX600 proper and left for single ring
  • Rear mech: Shimano GRX RD-RX812
  • Brakes: Shimano GRX BR-RX400
  • Rotors: Shimano SM-RT30, 160mm
  • Saddle: Cairn E-Journey, 143mm
  • Seatpost: Trans X 80mm drop with dropbar appropriate lever
  • Through-axles: Cairn Alloy with detachable bottle opener deal with
  • Different: Removeable rear mudguard bridge

Cairn E-Journey V2 geometry

The brand new Cairn E-Journey V2 ebike is out there in two wheel choices.
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