This Mega AWOL Comp Clunker Commuter Shred Sled was sent to us by Nate Cain at Absolute Bikes in Arizona. You say it looks big? Nate is 6’8” / 207 cm and rides the AWOL Comp XL frame-set.  He writes:

It is primarily my commuter, but I rock it on single track on my way to work. I just put it together with parts I had in the garage. It’s set up single speed (39x22), I was able to use road cranks, I9 mountain wheel set, and hydraulic brakes. I’m also 6’8”, and was amazed I could set it up to fit me (410 Thompson).

Wow, we’re amazed too. Developing a size range for the AWOL is difficult and to be honest, we didn’t have 6’8” in the scope. Though, we’re stoked about the outcome and the bike looks really nice. We love the single speed set up and that handlebar rise looks really comfortable. This is exactly what we had in mind when we decided to offer a frame-set. 

Thanks for sharing Nate and have fun!

Do like Nate, share Your ride and #goawol.

This is exactly how we picture eastern Iran. Vast distances, sand and kind people. Min is getting it all on her way from Germany to Taiwan on an AWOL. Min, we’re impressed by the distances You cover each day, 120k on a fully loaded bicycle isn’t a walk in the park, and happy you met some touring friends. Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan will be a blast and good luck with the Visas. Check out Min’s blog HERE

Min, You’re our idol!

Hej Erik, I just bought a Soma Porteur Rack to my Awol comp, like the one you have on your bike. A really nice rack! However, I wanted to mount it on the eyelets in front of the dropouts but the extenders that came with the rack are too short and too wide. According to Soma those are the only ones that they can supply. I can see on the photos that you have mounted it with black extenders to the eyelets. Did you made them yourself or did you purchase them somewhere? Tack för hjälpen! /Mikael — Asked by mrsc5555

/ Hi

SOMA racks are unfortunately not made to fit fat tire bicycles, for whatever reason. E made a quick and dirty adapter piece that extends the rack stays to the right position. A small piece of sheet metal with 3 holes in made with a hand held drill.

/ Team AWOL

Some Specialized Fatboys 700x45 and some good old Brooks pieces. Tjsummerhays is dressed for success riding along the Deer Creek Reservoir. The AWOL Comp frame-set has no building rules, build Your own and share it on instagram #goawol

Some Specialized Fatboys 700x45 and some good old Brooks pieces. Tjsummerhays is dressed for success riding along the Deer Creek Reservoir. The AWOL Comp frame-set has no building rules, build Your own and share it on instagram #goawol

Instagram and Internet is slowly filling up with pictures tagged #goawol and #wearegoingawol. The ultimate award for Team AWOL is to see You riding and loving our creation. Do as jstood555 and tag Your AWOL pics, we just can’t get enough!

Instagram and Internet is slowly filling up with pictures tagged #goawol and #wearegoingawol. The ultimate award for Team AWOL is to see You riding and loving our creation. Do as jstood555 and tag Your AWOL pics, we just can’t get enough!

POST 003 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT

Fridays are now AWOL cargo bike building days over at the AWOL HQ. Last Friday we got a lot of things done sourcing tube diameters and cutting the right lengths, sand blasting an old AWOL prototype frame and chopping it up. The down tube and head tube were cut and separated from the frame   We have access some of the most fancy machinery, cnc-jadajadas, and what not, but will keep this building process as basic as we can. Well, the bike is already built in 3D, which is kinda fancy, but that enables us to make exact measurements and unroll the surfaces into printable 2D miter templates that easily can be glued onto the tubes to create good enough fits. From there it will be a basic build.

Hey guys, love the blog. I was hoping you could provide some insight on cable routing/battery placement options for Di2. What type of drilling would be required to run an internal setup? With an external setup, what is the best place to mount the battery and junction box? How do I ensure I get accurate measurements for cable length? — Asked by creger7

/ Hi

We don’t have a standardized Di2 recommendation or wiring scheme for the AWOL. The Transcontinental Grace has an Alfine Di2 external wiring with an internal battery in the seat post. The junction box for Alfine is located at the handlebar display. For DuraAce or Ultegra Di2 the solutions and inspiration would have to come from Shimano. The Transcontinental Edition AWOL comes with internal light wiring but that’s as close as we get to internal wiring. Be creative about it, note that any drilling would void the frame guarantee but always remember TO

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Hi. What rack is under the Swift bag with the Swiss chard in it ?Thanks Chris — Asked by universe-designer

/ Hi

That’s a prototype Team AWOL rack, however, our other porteur rack, available HERE, will fit your needs. The Swift Ozette Rando Bag requires a decaleur with the rack. We love the Swift bags.

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Hardstylethursday and three less cars as Team AWOL went AWOL to Sea Otter Classics last week. 55 miles of riding with some healthy climbs and a visit to The Mother Tree at Madonna Road high up in the Santa Cruz mountains. Of all the thousands of visitors to Sea Otter Classics, the worlds biggest consumer bike show, how many acctually rode their bikes there? - Maybe a handful.  #threelesscars #bikesnotcars #goawol

Rick Bell of Yorkshire just got his hands on one of the first AWOL’s on UK ground. He claims it was definitely worth the wait and we believe him. Can’t wait for more pictures from this stud taking Rick over the Pyrenees to Barcelona. Stoked for You and thanks for the pic #goawol

Rick Bell of Yorkshire just got his hands on one of the first AWOL’s on UK ground. He claims it was definitely worth the wait and we believe him. Can’t wait for more pictures from this stud taking Rick over the Pyrenees to Barcelona. Stoked for You and thanks for the pic #goawol

POST 002 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT

You’ve seen fancy pansy persuasive design sketches before. Let us tell You this: That is not how it usually works. Most of our design projects are born on a piece of paper, in a note book or like this, on a bumpy van ride between Morgan Hill and San Francisco, in a note book with a Sharpie.

Telephone scribble is about getting as much of Your idea onto paper, as fast as possible, making sure you don’t lose it.  When You get them sweet ideas flying around your head, there is not time to go fancy on lines ore detailing. Those initial sketches are notes for yourself. Next steps includes more scribble or sketches worthy to present to others.

We get a lot of questions about what rack John Watson was using on The Transcontinental Edition bike in combo with the Tubus Tara and his Swift porteur bag. Answer is simple. It’s the fantastically awesome Globe Front Rack that will carry most porteur bags, beer crates or gym bags. It’s a light aluminum rack and it looks good. More info HERE

POST 001 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT
Being a designer at a bicycle company is about pushing boundaries and asking questions. - What if….is very often the start of a something fun but it can also be the start of a long detour. The - What if… is the sharpest tool in a designers tool box and like so many times before, this project started with the question:
…What if we designed a longer version of the AWOL, a cargo adventure bike, with room for 4 panniers in the front and a pop-up counter-top for cooking in the wild. Who likes to sit on the ground cooking anyway,  wouldn´t that be rad…
This teaser rendering is the first visualization based on some simple telephone scribble E did on a van ride a couple of weeks ago, although the original idea has been maturing in the back of his head for a couple of years, originating from a What if…
We doubt this AWOL cargo bike concept will be a smash hit and go into production but it´s too fun of a concept to not build one and try it out. We will probably learn something good from that. This hands-on approach usually takes us somewhere.
We’ll make this into a series of posts here on the blog, showing you how we work as designers going from that first -What if… to a ride-able prototype.
Hang on, this will be fun!

POST 001 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT

Being a designer at a bicycle company is about pushing boundaries and asking questions. - What if….is very often the start of a something fun but it can also be the start of a long detour. The - What if… is the sharpest tool in a designers tool box and like so many times before, this project started with the question:

What if we designed a longer version of the AWOL, a cargo adventure bike, with room for 4 panniers in the front and a pop-up counter-top for cooking in the wild. Who likes to sit on the ground cooking anyway,  wouldn´t that be rad…

This teaser rendering is the first visualization based on some simple telephone scribble E did on a van ride a couple of weeks ago, although the original idea has been maturing in the back of his head for a couple of years, originating from a What if…

We doubt this AWOL cargo bike concept will be a smash hit and go into production but it´s too fun of a concept to not build one and try it out. We will probably learn something good from that. This hands-on approach usually takes us somewhere.

We’ll make this into a series of posts here on the blog, showing you how we work as designers going from that first -What if… to a ride-able prototype.

Hang on, this will be fun!

Hey AWOL friends. We’ll be going AWOL down to the Sea Otter Classics today. Visit us us in booth 747 and have a chat.

Hey AWOL friends. We’ll be going AWOL down to the Sea Otter Classics today. Visit us us in booth 747 and have a chat.