First Look: Sage Cycles Barlow adventure bike

Portland based brand expands offerings to include road, cross and now adventure bikes for the Ti aficionado

Cross Gravel Interbike
Gravel grinder, adventure bike whatever you call it, the Barlow is ready for your on and off road travels.

Gravel grinder, adventure bike whatever you call it, the Barlow is ready for your on and off road travels (click to enlarge).

Sage Cycles is a brand based out of Portland, OR that designs U.S. made titanium frames as the platform for their road, cross and gravel line of bicycles. We had the pleasure of reviewing their Skyline ti road bike recently and we were blown away. They are back at it again with a new model called the Barlow, a 3/2.5 titanium frame with plenty of options.

Sage Cycles Barlow

The bike is named after a famous trail in Oregon that provides miles of beyond pavement riding. Call it a gravel grinder or an adventure bike, the Barlow combines new tech like road disc brakes with the traditional riding qualities of titanium to create a bike that is sure to be fast, durable, beautiful and fun. The frame features a 44mm head tube, double-butted sloping top tube, threaded bottom bracket, three water bottle mounts and custom ti seat post.

Custom Sage Cycles seat post complete with Owl.

Custom Sage Cycles seat post complete with Owl (click to enlarge).

As stated, options are aplenty with the Barlow. The bike will work with mechanical or electronic shifting systems and like the Skyline we tested, the Barlow has Sage’s patent pending Cable Clip System (CCS) for the most sano cable routing options around. For mechanical shifting, the clips come complete with barrel adjusters for real-time adjustments. If (when?) you upgrade to electronic shifting, the CCS will detach from the frame and provide a wire port of internal routing of the cables. Very slick.

The bottom bracket has a unique flat titanium plate on the driveside chainstay to provide tire clearance up to 40mm tires and also allows the use of standard road gearing. The rear dropouts are also very clean and allow the use of either standard quick release or thru-axle hubs. And no good adventure bike would be caught without fender and rack mounts.

Rear dropouts provide axle options and rack mounts.

Rear dropouts provide axle options and rack mounts (click to enlarge).

The Sage Cycles Barlow is available in seven sizes (50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm) and they are currently taking pre-orders right now for delivery mid-to-late January. Retail price for the frameset is $3325 with QR fork or $3499 with thru-axle fork (Enve option). There are also several complete bike build options with varying prices.

Our Take

Given our hands-on experience with the Sage Skyline road bike, we expect the Barlow to continue in the same fashion of quality and durability. Sage has been gaining popularity and notoriety and even sponsors a popular, local Portland CX team. We are happy to have had a close-up look at the Barlow at Interbike and we look forward to getting one in for a full review.

For more information or to pre-order a Sage Cycles Barlow online, visit www.sagetitanium.com.

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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