Hi! I absolutely love what you guys have done with the AWOL and this site about it is fantastic. I was wondering what your thoughts on the new 2015 Divergent bike were? Do you feel it could be as competent of a touring bike as the AWOL? I'm interested in both, having a hard time deciding! PS I loved the Transcontinental edition, I hope something along those lines come back soon. Best, James — Asked by jamest34

Hi

Thanks, appreciate Your stoke!

The new Diverge is like AWOL’s faster and lighter sibling and has a different character than AWOL. Diverge has a endurance racing geometry and built more with speed in mind than utility, though, it still has some of that. The Diverge can ride most roads and is a more “sporty” experience in general, not meant to be a pure touring bike. You wanna do a weekender or some ultra light and fast touring, sure, but if You’re looking at hauling some serious distances with weight and a slower pace, the AWOL is your bike. With the more relaxed geometry (e.g longer wheelbase, more upright position) and bigger tire clearance, the AWOL is better suited for off-road riding. It’s also a material matter. A Diverge in carbon fiber or aluminum or the AWOL in steel. The Diverge is a competent light speed touring machine, the AWOL is more about the journey than the finish line. Diverge’s will see stores this autumn, go ride both and find out yourself

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We can’t wait to see how this unfolds. Looks like #saltyspokes and his AWOL Comp is all about the preparation for his autumn (r)adventure, pedaling and paddling from Portugal to Ireland. The adventure begins September 2014. Follow #saltyspokes and check out saltyspokes.com

We love seeing matching AWOL’s on the roads. His and hers, got to love that. Jon Duke is certainly well set up for a great summer. Do like Jon and tag your Instagram pictures #goawol and #wearegoingawol and they might end up here

Have you considered running the AWOL in the Yukon Arctic Ultra or do think this is a step too far even for the AWOL? — Asked by chrisjhfisher

Hi,

There is another bike better suited for waist deep snow. It’s called The Fatboy. E of Team AWOL is hard headed enough to do it on the AWOL but honestly, The Yukon Arctic Ultra might be a step too far.

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Can I fit 28mm tires to the standard AWOL deluxe rims? — Asked by chrisjhfisher

Hi

The AWOL can officially run any tires from 26 mm to 48 mm. Most 50 mm (2.0) fit fine and You can even go with 2.2 if You don’t mind Your tire knobs licking the frame and fork. We recommend having some space for an untrue wheel and mud if you’re the kind of rider that shreds. 28mm, no problems but remember

Wider is faster!

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Couple questions: 1) Do you think you'll ever make another limited version of the AWOL? That build is such a great bang for the buck. I cant come close to matching as I'm building out my Comp version. 2) Speaking of building out my Comp...Hallisar (The latest Superrandonneur =) a few posts below)...you wouldn't happen to know what seatpost bag & rack he's rocking out there would you? — Asked by jackiefretz

Hi

Fun You mentioning it, in a not so far future, we’ll have something sweet coming for all our AWOL friends. Stay tuned and save the date: Aug 29. It’ll be the sweetest and most fun thing ever. Hallisar rocks a U.K made Carradice saddle bag with a click-fix mount and a Revelate frame bag, a nice and aero set-up for randonneuring.

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Last weekends run on the AWOL was the 120mile Dunwich Dynamo, overnight from east London to Dunwich beach left 7pm arrived 6am, kept just behind the thunderstorms but straight through the fog. Beautiful dawn as we entered the Suffolk countryside then cooled down in the sea. AWOL smoothed out the local potted tarmac lanes, three knog blinder lights up front & three behind. Strong beautiful bike to ride. Can we get the Comp frame in the UK soon?

Our Ass-saving friend Staffan finished his AWOL tour of southern Spain. The trip looks so sweet, like it had a bit of everything. Gravel roads, epic climbs, campvibes and the playa. Looks like pretty optimized way of going AWOL. Staffan rides a custom painted AWOL comp frame set with some rad components.

WHY ARE YOU READING THIS, IT’S THE WEEKEND, GET OUT OF HERE, #GOAWOL

E on the second AWOL geometry doing even more gnarly terrain, crossing the Swiss Alps. Sweat, tears and learning’s got us to where we are today. We’ve ridden the AWOL as a city commuter, a monster cross, Transcontinental racer, Oregon Outback bike-packing machine, urban porteur loader, single speed cross bike, fixed gear, you name it. The AWOL is non of them, it’s all of them. All conditions road (and off road)

As an example of the AWOL with a full load is Team AWOL’s Swiss Alp (r)adventures. Before we nailed the geometry of the AWOL, we did several long field test on our prototypes, looking for the perfect geometry for all the differed kinds of contexts the AWOL would be ridden in. Here, fully loaded on bad roads in the Swiss Alps, crossing Pragel Pass.

"Es set up for this weekend adventure was a fully loaded AWOL with all the necessities for both touring and hiking. The AWOL is dressed up with 45x700 Specialized Nimbus tires, Surly Nice Racks front and rear, a handlebar bag and a backpack in the rear for hiking. Front left low-rider carry the kitchen and appliances for two persons, for two nights. Front right low-rider is the cooler and carries all the food. Front panniers should always carry the heavy stuff, it balances the ride and makes it more stable. Left rear pannier keeps a Hilleberg Akto 3 tent, 2 sleeping bags and 2 sleeping mats. Rear right is the wardrobe. Just so that you know. The AWOL rides really well with 20 k + of gear"

This bike seems to have quite high trail for a bike designed to carry loads in the front. Am I right in thinking that low-trail bikes handle front loads better? I've seen similar geometries to the AWOL not recommended for loaded riding. Can you compare how it handles loaded vs unloaded? Thanks! — Asked by jessegubb

Hi

Yes, If You only ride on smooth roads, say slow fully loaded touring, a low-trail makes sense but the AWOL is designed to take You anywhere, smooth tarmac or shitty fire roads, bike packing or shredding single track as a Monster cross. Riding Your low-trail dedicated touring bike off road would be boring. We’ve tried to find the sweet spot for a well balanced ride, in any condition.

We’re not going to give You a scientific answer on this question but to be perfectly honest we’d say: Loaded: Like a dream! Unloaded: Like a dream! How can we be so sure? Well, we fine tuned the geometry and angles during a long r&d phase including three different prototypes,  hundreds of miles on and off roads, loaded and unloaded. Since the production start of the AWOL, Team AWOL has put down thousands of miles on the bikes and a lot of evaluation taking place. We love the bike and know that it handles as good or better than most bikes used for all condition riding.

Find Your local Specialized dealer and try it out!

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Team AWOL went AWOL this Tuesday from the AWOL HQ to the annual Specialized dealer event in Monterrey, California. As always, living what we preach, staying true to who we are, we rode down the beautiful coastline while most folks were stuck in traffic. 90 rad kilometers / 55 rad miles including the gnarly Madonna Rd, Strawberry poaching in Watsonville, being chased by three dogs and a new bicycle touring friend. Sounds pretty fun to us. So, did we stay at a hotel like the rest? Nope, we cancelled the room and camped out both nights, stealth camping off course, in a nearby forest. #onelesscar #goawol Yeah!

Wohooo, it*s Friday, just promise us to #GOAWOL
I was told that this bike was sold out. Does that mean I can't get my hands on one this year? — Asked by amart1026

Hi,

We’re happy to see that the demand for our bike is high. The demand on The AWOL’s are high and delivery, availability and stock varies in different countries. Since AWOL is available in most, but not all, markets, we advice you to ask your local dealer and have them dig one up for you. Thanks

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