What bikes do we use in our Camino by bike tours?
In this short guide, we would like to detail the bicycles we use for our French Way by Bike from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela and our French Way by Bike from Leon in 1 to 3* hotels.
To ensure we always offer the highest quality on our bikes, we work with two of the biggest bike rental companies in Spain and on the Camino de Santiago who provide us with three different types of bikes for all situations and loads of extra service to ensure you are never without your bike.
Our Cycling Partners
Probably the Camino Bike Rental Company with the largest network of garages along the Camino de Santiago and the most complete offer. They only rent premium brand mountain bikes (Specialized) and electric bikes (Moustache).
We rely on Bicigrino for any electric bike order and for our Premium Camino by Bike ranges. Find out more about them on bicigrino.info.
A new player in the Camino Bike Rental world founded in 2014 by highly experienced Alberto Pampín who had been working for over 10 years in the industry. Based in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, Alberto ensures our cyclists get the same attention they would dealing with Ultreya Tours. His bikes are brand new and perfect for the Camino. He ensure delivery of your bikes to your starting point and pick-up from your hotel in Santiago, as well as a 24/7 assistance service in Galicia in case you have a problem with your bike.
We use Cycling the Camino's services for bicycle rentals within Galicia and for our Camino by Bike Primo range. Find out more about them on cyclingthecamino.com.
All our electric bikes are rented through Bicigrino who uses exclusively Moustache Samedí OFF 5, MTB types. Bicigrino selected MTB ebikes to give cyclist along the Camino optimum performance on both asphalt and dirt trails through mountains.
This bike model has a special geometry and very efficient wheels: the diameter of the front wheel is 29" but the rear wheel is 27.5". This type of arrangement provides better control on downhills and increased traction and power on twisty terrain.
The 500W battery and BOSCH engine will provide a range of up to 120/km.
Bicigrino are official distributors of the brand and their network of BOSCH repair certified garages will ensure they can take care of your ebike at all time if anything happens.
|Frame||Aeronautical alloy - Extruded variable thickness hydroformed tubes|
Optimized weight balance - Tapered head tube
|Fork||Hydraulic RockShox 30 Solo Air TK29 fork with lock-out - 100 mm travel|
|Motor||BOSCH Performance CX 250W - 40/75 Nm.|
Assistance from 50 to 300% - 25 km/h.
1000 measurements/second - Powerful - Compact
|Battery Pack||BOSCH Li ION PowerPack 500 - 36v 13,4Ah.|
500Wh - Full charge in 4.5 hours, 50% in 2 hours - 2,5 kg.
60 % minimum residual capacity after 30,000 km
|Range||50 to 160 km at 20 km/h on aflat road (for a 70kg rider).|
30 to 80 km with varied use, depending on mode chosen, wind, gradient, etc.
|Display||BOSCH Intuvia central with separate control unit - 5 modes (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo, Off).|
Walk assist - Information available of ine - USB port to recharge MP3 player, mobile phone, etc.
|Drivetrain||Sram GX 10 speed 14x11/42, super wide capacity, more range|
|Shifter||Sram X5 10S|
|Crankset||Alloy cranks / 14T motor cog (=35)|
|Brakes||Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes, 180/180 diameter|
|Hubs||Shimano - 32 T - Centerlock|
|Rims||Alex MD21 - Double wall alloy - Reinforcement eyelets - 32 holes - Compatible with tubeless (withap)|
|Tires||Schwalbe Nobby Nic|
|Saddle||Velo ergonomic saddle|
|Seatpost||Suntour new NCX - Super comfortable alloy suspension parallelogram - 27.2 x 350|
|Handlebar||Alloy DB 720 mm - Rize 10 mm - 6°up - 9° back - Stem 50 mm|
|Pedals||Alloy, wide plateform|
|Guarantee||5 years frame - 2 years fork, motor, battery (or 500 cycles) and accessories|
|Size||XS/36 (1,33 to 1,50) -S/ 41 (1,50 to 1,68 m) - M/47 (1,65 to 1,83 m) - L/53 (1,81 to 1,95 m) approximately|
|Color||Anthracite with blue details|
Premium Bike Rental
The bikes we use for our Premium Camino by Bike ranges are provided by Bicigrino who selected the Specialized Crave Comp 29.
The Crave Comp with 29" wheels is a versatile bicyle suitable for all types of land. The increased contact area of the tires gives you greater traction in loose terrain and / or rock, allowing the rider to pedal with less effort on any terrain.
Within the rental price is including shipping to your starting point on the Camino and also pick-up can be arranged anywhere in the Iberian Peninsula.
They offer a network of garages that broadly cover all the Caminos and have arrangements with taxi services and a wide range of accommodation to help solve any problem as fast as possible.
The bikes come equipped with the following accessories:
• Racks and specific preinstalled
• Extensions on the handlebars for maximum comfort on the road
• Tyres specially chosen for optimal use in road travel
• Bicigrino bottled water that you can keep as a souvenir
• Pair of ORTLIEB BACK ROLLER CITY waterproof panniers
• Secure Bicycle Padlock
• Tool kit with cameras, patches, pump and multi-tool (with chain tool) to solve any eventuality in route.
• Grease and oil kit to lubricate the bicycle during the trip.
• Gel Saddle to prevent chafing.
• Helmets are not included in the equipment for hygiene and safety reasons but can be bought from the supplier. We recommend innovative Høvding (airbag type).
They also offer as an option a Wifi connection device so you can stay connected on the road. (approximately 55 euros to hire for the week)
|FRAME||New Specialized M4 Premium Aluminum, XC 29er Geometry, fully butted w/ smooth welds, tapered headtube and seat tube, forged post-mount 160mm disc dropouts, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger|
|FORK||RockShox Recon Gold TK SA 29 SL, Solo Air spring, TurnKey damping w/ Push-Loc remote lockout, tapered alloy steerer, 32mm alloy stanchions, external rebound adj., S: 80mm travel, Others: 100mm travel|
|HEADSET||1-1/8" upper and 1-1/2" lower threadless, Campy style, integrated full cartridge bearings|
|STEM||Specialized 3D forged 6061 alloy, 4-bolt clamp, 6-degree rise, 31.8mm|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized mini riser, double-butted 6061 alloy, 700mm wide, 10-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 31.8mm|
|GRIPS||Specialized Body Geometry XC Contour, Kraton w/ gel, closed end, 132mm, lock-on|
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano Deore BR-445, hydraulic disc, 180mm rotor|
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano Deore BR-445, hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Shimano Deore BR-445, hydraulic lever|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||SRAM X5, 10-speed 2X10, 34.9mm clamp|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano SLX Shadow Plus, 10-speed, SGS cage|
|SHIFT LEVERS||Shimano Deore, 10-speed Rapidfire Plus, w/ optical display|
|CASSETTE||SRAM PG 1030, 10-speed, 11-36|
|CRANKSET||Custom SRAM S-1255, 2pc., 10-speed XC double for 29er|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||SRAM GXP BB for 2pc., 73mm shell|
|PEDALS||Alloy, 1pc. body and cage, w/ reflectors, 9/16"|
|RIMS||Crave SL Disc 29", alloy double-wall, sleeve joint, 26mm, 28h/32h|
|FRONT HUB||Specialized disc, alloy, Hi Lo flange, RCC ball bearing system, steel axle, QR, 28h|
|REAR HUB||Specialized disc, alloy, Hi Lo flange, RCC ball bearing system, steel axle, steel cassette body, QR, 32h|
|SPOKES||Stainless, 14g (2.0mm)|
|FRONT TIRE||Specialized Ground Control, 29x2.1", aramid bead, 60TPI|
|REAR TIRE||Specialized Fast Trak Control, 29x2.0", aramid bead, 60TPI|
|INNER TUBES||Standard presta valve|
|SADDLE||Specialized Body Geometry Henge, steel rails, 143mm|
|SEATPOST||Specialized alloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm, size-specific 350mm/400mm|
|SEAT BINDER||Forged alloy, 31.8mm, QR, brass washer|
|NOTES||Chainstay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owner's manual|
Primo Bike Rental
If you decided to cycle the Camino on a normal mountain bike, or do go for a short tour around Galicia, your bike will be provided by Cycling the Camino.
Their large fleet of bicycles is continually renovated with the latest models as they actively update our stock, and each model in their range has been chosen because it incorporates the most recent technological advances in the field.
For our clients, they selected a custom hybrid model equipped with 27 gears, disc brakes and 27.5" wheels. They feature aluminium frames and all parts are Shimano-made.
Each bike comes with a pannier rack, bottle holder, bell, (front and rear) lights, safety retro-reflectors and a bicycle lock. Additionally, the panier rack incorporates a tool kit containing: an extra tube, pump, bike multi-purpose key, pedals key and tyre levers.
Also available to rent:
• Panniers: €3.50/day
• Fully-detachable handlebar bag: €2.50/day
• Helmet: €1/day
• Strapless toe clips: €1/day
• Gel pad for saddle: €1/day
• Android mobile: €7.5/day
• GoPro cam: €8.5/day
• First Aid kit (purchase): €12
In the extremely unlikely event of an accident, the Cycling the Camino team is here to help (you can also call Ultreya Tours, but for bike incidence they will have a more accurate response). They will talk you through the repair if it can be done on site or find a repair centre close by. They will contact the garage on your behalf and explain to them the problem (removing the language barrier). Please note, that you might be requested to advance the repair cost so always ask for a detailed invoice, inclusive of VAT tax (called IVA in Spanish).
|FORK||Suntour SF-15 XCM RL|
|PEDALS||Aluminium (not automatic)|
|HUBS||Shimano BRM 33|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano FD M370|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano RD-M430 Alivio|
|SHIFTERS||Shimano SL-M370 Altus6|
|DISC BRAKES||Shimano AM355|
|RIMS||Mach Neuro Disc 27.5"|
|Lights and safety retroreflectors|
Choosing your size
Our providers offer 4 different sizes of bicycles to suit most needs (size 15, 17, 19 to 21). These are the most common sizes and will be sufficient for most users but ask us for details and refer to the chart below to find out what size would suit you.