Posted by Lucas Winzenburg
The Tumbleweed Prospector is an expedition bikepacking rig that’s built to take on any terrain, anywhere. It was designed around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB, a 14-speed, internally geared drivetrain that has proven to be capable and reliable on extended trips through even in the harshest of conditions. But the Prospector was also built with versatility in mind, and it can run front and rear derailleurs, along with a number of wheel sizes.
Tumbleweeds in Action
Tumbleweed Bicycle Company’s founder Daniel Molloy has been sending his bikes to extreme environments the world over since the company got its start in 2014. Following their 2015 trip to Mongolia for the filming of the wonderful short film Bikepacking The Mongolian Steppe, the Tumbleweed crew traveled to Peru last year to shoot their latest film, El Silencio. You can watch the whole film here on the site, and also check out our Rider and Rig features on Pepper Cook and filmmaker Jay Ritchey on their Prospectors in Peru.
Here’s What’s New
New for 2019, the updated Prospector has been tweaked and refined based on feedback from real world riders who have taken their Tumbleweeds all around the globe. One of the things we appreciate about Daniel and Tumbleweed is that he’s always listening to customer input and requests to make the most refined product possible.
The most obvious change is the new colorway, Midnight Blue. The Sandglow paint job has also been carried over from the original Prospector, but with an updated headbadge and decals. The revised fork has triple bottle mounts on the backside of the fork blades, allowing for easier use of a front rack and bottle cages together. Dynamo cable routing is now internal to keep cabling safe, and there are two front fork axle options: the original 135mm QR with rear disc spacing (meaning you can swap out front/rear wheels should the circumstances call for it), as well as a new 110x15mm thru-axle fork.
Since lots of Tumbleweed owners have been building their rigs around smaller 27.5+ wheels, Daniel opted for some subtle tweaks to the geometry, shortening the chainstays by 5mm and raising the bottom bracket by 5mm. And the updated Prospector can clear 26 x 4″, 27.5 x 2.8-3.8″, or 29 x 3.0″ tires.
Discount for Bikepacking Collective Members
We’re thrilled to offer our Bikepacking Collective members a discount code for $200 off any Tumbleweed Bicycle Company purchase over $1,000. This brings the price of a Prospector frameset down from $1,450 to just $1,250. Note that this is a presale, and the new Prospector frames are due to arrive in February 2019. The Bikepacking Collective discount code is valid between now and January 6th, 2019, so join today to receive your code via email, along with a whole host of other great benefits, including two issues a year of The Bikepacking Journal. If you’re a Bikepacking Collective member and you’re interested in picking up one of these presale framesets, check your email for your discount code.
Find compete details on the updated Prospector, including geometry charts and additional photos, over at Tumbleweed.cc, and keep up with Tumbleweed on Instagram @tumbleweedbikes. If you’re interested in learning more about Daniel and Tumbleweed’s backstory, check out our original Prospector feature here.