Bike Check: Loris Fibre's 'Project Klin' Bikepacking Concept Bike

Nov 18, 2021 at 15:23
by Alicia Leggett  


Each year, the Association des Artisans du Cycle - a French bike builder association - holds a bike building competition to encourage ingenuity and innovation in bike design. "Our underlying hope is to tweak the bicycle, to trigger creative thinking at the fringes of the bicycle industry by making small significant deviations to the existing designs," the association's website says, translated from French.

Every Concours de Machines has a new theme, and this year's was about bikepacking. Builders had to create new, imaginative bikes that met a set of rigid criteria: each bike had to support a 2-3 day bikepacking trip in the high Pyrenees, and therefore had to fit all the essentials for navigating, generating electricity, boiling water, setting up camp, sleeping, communicating with the outside world, and documenting the trip. The bike also had to, of course, function as a bike that would be rideable for multiple days and nights on all kinds of terrain.

Laurent Lamouric, known as his bike building name, Loris Fibre, is a mechanical engineer who built his first bike in 2016. While he now builds a variety of bikes, they are personal projects for himself, not for profit. His process is ideal for building wild one-off designs, not production models, so he focuses on creating crazy builds for the love of it.

For this year's Concours de Machines, Loris decided to make a full carbon fiber bike that could function with or without the gear compartments, which are made of flax fiber. While a bikepacking bike needs to have ample storage, it also needs to ride well, and Loris made sure that the compartments could be removed so that the bike could be ridden as simply a bike whenever it wasn't overlanding. As for the compartments themselves? Loris tested the concept of rigid storage spaces in the 2018 competition, in which he placed second. The rigidity, he says, helps protect the contents, while the integration with the frame eliminates the need for racks and helps keep the overall system weight down.

In designing the bike itself, Loris decided to go with a fully rigid setup and internal routing for the sake of simplicity, to reduce the possible mechanical problems that could take place. He chose 27.5"+ tires for comfort.

Loris is most proud of what he calls the "rudder," the front assembly made up of the one-piece fork-stem-handlebar assembly. That piece actually contains a sleeve where the front triangle fits together - until the fork assembly is installed, the top tube is not connected to the downtube.

It converts to a perfectly rideable mountain bike for when the bikepacking trip ends.
Details
Frame: Loris Klin
Wheels: 27.5"+ Mavic
Tires: 27.5"+ Maxxis Chronicle
Drivetrain: Shimano SLX and SRAM NX/X9 combo
Brakes: Magura MT8
Cockpit: Loris one-piece one-off
Bags: Loris flax fiber and canvas
Electronics: Lights by Sigma and Klamp, battery pack by Loris, GPS by Garmin
Weight: 11.8kg (26.01lb) bike itself, 16.9kg (37.26lbs) loaded up with gear
More info: lorisfibre.com and Facebook

bigquotesRide for fun!Laurent, when asked if there's anything else he would like us to know

The bags, if we can call them that, are one of the more fascinating parts of the design and are made out of flax fiber with canvas hatch access.

The build is all about integration. It would be easy to focus only on the bike and the bags, but the lights are also fully integrated and can be recharged with battery packs that Laurent himself designed and made. The battery packs fit in the headtube and also charge a GPS unit, which fits to a mount on the battery pack, thereby sitting on top of the headtube for readability while riding. The design is beyond clever.

The Loris battery pack. He designed the unit for the 2018 competition but has refined it since then, adding an on-off switch, a battery power indicator, and GPS integration. The parts are 3D printed, assembled, and covered in flax fiber.

With that geo, it's no enduro bike, but it looks perfectly comfortable for exploration and adventure. Loris said one of the main goals of the bike was to distribute the bags' weight effectively.

What's inside the bags? All of the above.

The bike uses parts from Shimano, SRAM, and Magura. While the bike itself is top-of-the-line, it's interesting to see SLX in the mix, and Loris was clearly very intentional about each of the component choices.

The attention to detail here is superlative.



89 Comments

  • 74 1
 Wow...bike packing isn't my thing, but that is a very sexy machine with fantastic attention to detail. My only point would be that 'IF' I was getting into bikepacking, I would want a tad bit of fork suspension at least.
  • 13 3
 You don't need front suspension with such rubbers...
... also strange for a bike-packing purpose not to have... simple bottle carriers, na?
That "detail" apart, this "Concours des Machines" is every year a goldmine in term of creativity and challenges. I love it!
  • 12 0
 Where do you even clip on your dangle mug?
  • 6 4
 @danstonQ: Seriously? You don't need suspension for 27.5+? Do you only ride smooth trails? 27.5+ absorbs bumps up to 1", but after that you'd better have some suspension....or do you consider + tires to only be for going slow?
  • 24 0
 @VtVolk: I assume you're joking, because like all of us bike packers you have a healthy size brass ring piercing in your scrotum; so you you can dangle your dangle from your danglers.
  • 3 1
 @Explodo: Not everywhere is rocky af as the front range bud
  • 2 1
 @Explodo: but plus tires _are_ only for going slow
  • 3 0
 @number44: when one is hung like a field mouse, it doesn’t dangle bro. Sad but true
  • 6 0
 @number44: my scrotum ring is 3D printed titanium, so isn’t really weight bearing. I usually clip my dangle mug to one of the waxed curls of my mustache instead
  • 3 0
 @Explodo: bikepavking is for going slow most of the time
  • 1 0
 @Explodo: I've ridden trails at Bootleg with a rigid Karate Monkey 27+. It was surprisingly confidence inspiring! This future-bike is sexy/flexy.
  • 10 1
 @Explodo: Have we really gotten to a generation of mountain bikers that can’t ride over a 1” bump without a suspension fork? HTFU!
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: you are #biwinning mah bruh.
  • 1 7
flag bman33 (Nov 20, 2021 at 18:09) (Below Threshold)
 @kylar: I have been riding MTB since 1994, BMX /DJ even longer. Can I ride o et a "1 inch bump" just fine. Would I rather have a bit of suspension on the front of my fork with today's technology while backpacking at my age? Absolutely. My apologies if my writing doesn't 100% conform to yours. Look me up next time you're out to get my area and we'll see you can ride "bumps" the best. So much sh*t talking on PB lately
  • 4 1
 @bman33: haha, what is the internet for but talking smack and pictures of sweet bikes?!

I was replying directly to the commenter who said that suspension is needed for bumps over an inch.
  • 44 1
 Looks like a barcalounger humping a Mondraker
  • 30 0
 No barspins while bike-packing? Hard pass.
  • 17 0
 That is one good looking bike.
  • 2 0
 Gorgeous
  • 2 0
 It certainly is not often you get to say that about a bike with luggage on it
  • 13 0
 Absolutely stunning. Curious what the rear tire clearance is to the seat bag, doesn’t look like much but could be the angle.
  • 1 0
 I had the exact same thought. While aesthetically stunning and crazy clean, it looks like tire clearance might benefit from minor increased spacing but that is remedied by a slightly smaller tire as well. My biggest gripe would be bikepacking without a Pinion or Rohloff belt-driven drivetrain. Nothing grinds my gears more than grinding gears on a gritty, sandy bike tour.
  • 12 0
 That can fit like 47 waterbottles
  • 6 0
 Ooooh, so close. I'm after 48 or more only though.
  • 6 1
 I can honestly say I'm not a fan of the concept or overall design, BUT!!! I do appreciate the time and energy that went into this, and I truly love the execution. Great attention to detail.
  • 2 0
 In addition to time and energy, lots of money went into this project too.
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: probably, but it's not about the money is it. Anybody can spend money if they have it.
  • 5 0
 Its because SLX is like 10 grams lighter than xt for some reason. My source is from: www.worldwidecyclery.com/blogs/worldwide-cyclery-blog/shimano-drivetrain-comparison-xtr-vs-xt-vs-slx-vs-deore-video
  • 3 0
 I recently weighed SLX and Stylo carbon cranks and the SLX were were only a few dozen grams heavier. I was extremely surprised.
  • 3 0
 A few points about bike packing with a carbon frame/everything: it’s actually easier to repair in the field if it’s not completely snapped apart (a tube of DP420 and 50 grams of woven dry carbon cloth and you have a full repair kitWink starting with a lighter bike is important because you’re adding so much crap to it and going from a 25 lb bike to a 40lb loaded bike is so much easier to push up the inevitable unrideable hills. All that said, I’d take a dropper post over front suspension any day; moving the seat bag weight down makes a massive difference in handling (on top of just having the clearance you get from a dropper.)
  • 4 0
 Now that's how you do a one off bike, not half the stuff at nahbs that's just a slightly different tube bend or "look I cut out my lugs in a fancy way"

Using a touring boot buckle for attachment at the seatpost. fuego
  • 6 0
 incredible looking machine
  • 6 0
 Lets see it make a turn
  • 1 0
 looks to be built around someone in that 183cm range, ship that thing on over to the PNW and I'll take a turn on it. My first thought was ugh, second was hmmm, third was that is my size and I have a couple good bike packing routes I can ride from home.
  • 1 0
 Would like to know, does the bag over the rear tyre have side movement when riding/pedaling?
Can't see how its tied on properly, I know my Apidura seat bag moves whilst pedaling.
  • 1 0
 I feel lazy and stoopid compared to Laurent. Amazing in every way. The dedication, attention to detail, craftsmanship... inspiring.
  • 1 0
 Same here. Well I wouldn't say I'm stupid, I like to think and design things, but I'm discouraged at the mere thought of going through the whole skills learning curve. I'm kind of envious of these guys who'll tackle anything on their own as my brain just doesn't see the point and would rather be part of a team where there are different skills than to learn to do everything myself.
  • 8 5
 It's disgusting and I love it.
  • 3 0
 Very pretty, but needs a 63.5*HTA, 78*STA and a 210mm dropper.
  • 3 0
 Better be $1899 with that drivetrain. Signed...Generic PB Commenter
  • 2 0
 I get ever so bike-horny over esoteric projects like this. *Drool* Gorgeous!
  • 4 2
 So...It's more of an art project than practical bike packing bike. Gorgeous but impractical
  • 2 0
 No no, the contest includes a 2 days ride with sleeping the night in the open, so it's supposedly practical, at least for 2 days.
  • 1 0
 I would imagine this is more bikeglamping vs bike packing ... riding from one hotel to the next, and frankly that sounds like a flipping awesome idea to me.
  • 1 0
 Seems like a lot of weight on the rear end? With a weighted bike your front end would be all over the place, especially on a climb.
  • 1 0
 Why stop at 1 piece fork/stem/bars....get integrated brake lever, shifters and grips. Would look great with belt drive pinion set up....
  • 1 0
 Any bike packing bike I end up with will use this system: aeroe.com/products/spider-rear-rack
and definitely have a dropper post
  • 2 0
 head tube confusing, look good still
  • 3 0
 money
  • 3 0
 Those dropouts!
  • 2 1
 Clearly nicer than anything I could design but I find chainstays that are above chain line triggering.
  • 2 0
 The integrated light/gps battery is pretty slick
  • 2 0
 I so thought this was a new "Klein", disappointed.
  • 1 0
 Is it just me, or does that font eerily remind you of a certain company from the 90's...
  • 1 0
 It's just like a pickup truck with giant logos all bright and shiny and yellow. I can't see anything else.
  • 2 0
 Mud clearance on the rear? looks like it will get locked up pretty quick
  • 1 0
 No one is going to mention them specing discontinued tires?

Maxxis if you read this. Bring back the Chronical in 29+
  • 6 9
 Being 50km deep into a bike packing trip somewhere remote and then having a rock chip and compromise my carbon frame seems like a nightmare. Looks cool, but I feel like for this kind of experience I'd want something more old fashioned like steel. I only really like biking down hills though, so I may not be the target market.
  • 3 2
 Forget about the solo bikepacking trip around the world and just focus on the pure beauty of that thing.
  • 1 0
 @konamat: Very much appreciated.
  • 1 0
 Someone has never ridden carbon. A rock chip doesn't sudden "compromise" your frame.
  • 3 0
 @NorCalNomad: ever since my friend's Rocky was warrantied from chain slap which led to the whole rear triangle being compromised, I've had no interest in the material. It just breaks in wierd and unpredictable ways. Like my buddies cranks that where the pedal end of the crank just detached one ride. It's weird matetial to use on something that gets bashed and scratched.
  • 1 0
 but where do you hang your stainless steel calling card mug now?
  • 1 0
 this is the future of sleek
  • 2 0
 Long live the stache!
  • 1 0
 The #bikeporn level is reaching erection.
  • 1 0
 SOOOOO beautiful. I want one!
  • 1 0
 looks a tad like a Session.
  • 1 0
 I’m assuming it’s pronounced pro-ject!
  • 1 0
 Wow thats pretty cool! tup
  • 2 0
 Design? Douze points
  • 1 0
 I love this but those old Avid rotors make my eyes bleed
  • 3 0
 The contest also required to try to use second hand parts. Specified as not mandatory but could have a play in the final choice, so that may explain the rotors and the saddle, which doesn't fit the bike IMO.
  • 1 0
 bottle cages ?... NO BOTTLE CAGES !! ;-)
  • 1 0
 Finally, a bike that will cure my bar alignment issues forever.
  • 1 0
 NO NEW BIKES! SAVE THE PLANET
  • 1 0
 Remarkable amazingness
  • 1 0
 Oh god
  • 1 0
 Good choice if you want the look of a linkage fork in a rigid format.
  • 1 0
 Badass
  • 1 0
 Damn... it's beautiful.
  • 2 2
 @bradcopeland has entered the chat.
  • 1 0
 Micro USB? EWWWWW
  • 3 6
 this is so lame, show me a downhill bike
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