Video trailer: AWOL X TRANSCONTINENTAL documentary follows Specialized riders from London to Istanbul

Documentary out later this year follows two riders on this month's Quick Energy TransContinental Race

by Simon_MacMichael   August 29, 2013  


Specialized launched its AWOL adventure bike earlier this month, just as two riders who had helped develop it, Recep Yeşil and Erik Nohlin, were taking part in the Quick Energy TransContinental Race – and both were followed by a film crew for a feature length documentary to be released later this year.

Here’s the trailer for what the documentary’s makers, Leipzig-based e r t z u i ° Film, describe as “a wild and inspirational journey in so many unexpected ways” as they followed the riders on their 3,100 kilometre journey from London to Istanbul, crossing 14 national borders on the way.

AWOL x TRANSCONTINENTAL | Trailer (Full documentary coming late 2013) from e r t z u i ° film on Vimeo.


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looks like it will be another great video for the collection!

cant understand why they would front mount the panniers though - surely thats going to affect the steering something fierce?

anyone shed any light?

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

posted by themartincox [403 posts]
29th August 2013 - 17:13


It'll make the steering heavier but more stable. Also makes the bike less twitchy at high speeds as the weight is lower than it would be on a rear rack over the back wheel. There's already enough weight over the back of the bike when sitting on the saddle, so front racks make the bike feel more balanced.

Looking forward to the film coming out, more info on the bike/race here:

posted by Steezysix [14 posts]
29th August 2013 - 23:31


Front panniers keep the weight on the bike low, makes for better handling if the bike geo is correct. But it's quite, errr, unusual to put ALL your weight on the front where it creates a terrific wind brake.

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posted by alotronic [326 posts]
30th August 2013 - 7:19


Intersting video and I'll keep a watch out for it - nice to see my nephew beat both of those riders too.


posted by OldRidgeback [2406 posts]
30th August 2013 - 9:08