Sonder Santiago Audax slaying, winter riding, multi-month Reynolds 631 steel tourer
Our take on the classic steel road tourer: smooth, reliable and assured. Built around a Reynolds 631 steel frame, Santiago is the definition of dependable. Capable of being battered, fitted with mudguards as a winter workhorse, ridden all day in comfort as an audax slayer or loaded with racks and panniers and pedalled around the world. Whatever your endeavour, Santiago has your back.
Sonder Santiago Apex1 Flat Bar
Flat-barred single ring setup for low maintenance riding, geared up for going far with the comfort of a flat bar
Sonder Santiago Rival1 Mechanical
The smooth feel of Rival with the simplicity of a 1x chainset
Sonder Santiago Rival22 Hydraulic
A 34 - 50 road compact setup with with an 11-36 cassette. The classic steel road bike, winter ride and audax slayer
Sonder Santiago Rival22 Touring
Steel tourer with FSA 32/48 chainset with an 11-36 cassette to give you even lower gear ratios for climbing fully loaded on multi-month adventures
Reynolds 631 is the construction material for tourers because of its classic smooth feel, long life and ease of maintenance.
Santiago knows its heritage; cold-worked, air-hardened steel is steeped in the history of long-distance riding. But with bang-up-to-date geometry, Santiago has a refreshing feel that you know will be good for years to come: 450 mm chainstays, 1.1 m wheelbase, 71 degree head angle, a fork rake of 55 and generous tyre clearance. This makes for a truly comfortable, fast, assured bike, both in its own right (audax slaying, winter riding) or when racked up and loaded for multi-month travels.
Santiago is a weight carrying beast, capable of taking over 100 litres of storage with full traditional rack and guard mounts and three sets of bottle cage bottles for creating your own rig.
Gear ratio comes in two standard forms based around a compact setup, with a regular 50 - 34 tooth cog upfront and 11-32 cassette at the back for riding on its own, and capable of 11-40 cassette to give a super low ratio (from 21” to 120”) when loaded up.
As the Young Offenders said ‘there are two things you need for an adventure: a treasure map and a friend that’s dumb enough to go with you’. Meet Santiago, your friend for epic journeys that aren’t meant to end.
Reynolds 631 steel tubing
Durable, smooth and assured on those multi-month trips Reynolds 631 steel is an excellent material for round-the-world touring where you’re completely dependent on your bike. We’d be surprised if you needed to get your frame repaired, but it’s comforting to know that finding a steel welder in the middle of nowhere is far easier than getting your alloy frame repaired.
Traditional bike, contemporary geometry
Santiago’s takes classic road bike geometry as a starting point, with a longer wheelbase and higher stack height for a more comfortable riding position and assured ride, whether you’re travelling light or fully loaded up.
Generous tyre clearance
Clearance for up to 650b x 47 mm or 700c x 37 mm tyres that make your ride more comfortable and give better grip on the bitumen as you corner.
Full traditional mounts
With full rack and guard mountains, 3 sets of bottle cage bosses and extra cage mounts on the fork, Santiago can handle being fully loaded up.
Durable, comfortable, Reynolds steel frame.
|Weight (kg): 3.5kg frame and fork or 12kg fully built|
|Reynolds 631 steel, cold worked, air hardened seat tube, top tube and down tube|
|Chromoly fork and read frame|
|68 mm BSA threaded BB|
|Straight headtube (EC34) to fit 1 1/8” fork|
|100 mm front, 135 mm rear QR dropouts|
|Standard 160 mm post mount disc brakes|
|Full rack/guard mounts|
|Tyre clearance for 700 x 37 mm, 650b x 47 mm tyres|
Generally we recommend:
- Riders between 5ft 2in and 5ft 7in
- Riders between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in
- Riders between 5ft 9in and 6ft 2in
- Riders 6ft 2in and over
You can also take into consideration the standover height to ensure you pick a bike that will be a good fit. If you measure your inside leg and ensure there is a minimum of an inch from the toptube to your crotch this will give you enough seatpost adjustment to find your optimum saddle height.
|ST - Seat tube||470||500||530||570|
|TT - Top tube||543||563||584||605|
|HT - Head tube||120||140||160||180|
|HA - Head angle||71||71||71||71|
|SA - Seat angle||73||73||72.5||72.5|
|CS - Chainstay||450||450||450||450|
|BB - BB drop||73||73||73||73|
|FO - Fork offset||55||55||55||55|
|WB - Wheelbase||1042||1063||1085||1106|
|SO - Stand over||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|RE - Reach||370||385||400||415|
|SK - Stack||566||585||604||623|
There’s something special about building your own unique Santiago. With a wide range of groupsets available we can mix and match compact or touring chainsets with wide ratio cassettes to give the gearing ratios you want. Multiple tyre options are available with up to 47mm tyres.
Swapouts and Upgrades
You can interchange Love Mud components on this build at no additional cost. So if you want a different length of stem, a particular saddle or bar then let us know in the notes section in the checkout and we'll get in touch. We also hold big stocks of SRAM, Rockshox, WTB and regular build with Shimano, Hope, Cane Creek. We'll build your Sonder with any part that suits your needs. Give us a call, with the same experienced mechanic helping throughout your build you know who to call if there's anything you want to know.
Alpine Bond Warranty
We offer a 10 year guarantee on both our handmade titanium and Reynolds steel frames. Our hand welded 6061-T6 alloy triple butted frames and carbon frames come with a 5 year manufacturing defect warranty. All our bikes are built, checked and signed off by Cytech trained mechanics before being despatched to you in a custom-made bike box.
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