One of Nazca’s bestsellers: great handling, highly versatile
This lovely apple-green Gaucho 26″ came through the Laid-Back-Bikes showroom recently, and I was able to steal a (short!) test ride as well as a handful of pictures.
The highlight of this model are the twin 26″ wheels (robust, with a fantastic choice of tyres) which combine with the s-bend frame, delivering a relatively low ride height.
I had no problem getting my feet flat on the floor while riding, which is really key for comfort and utility when you want to ride with a load and/or on “interesting” surfaces!
This model is currently equipped with the excellent Schwalbe Kojak tyre, but there is enough clearance for a more rugged touring model, or even a light off-roader.
The open-cockpit handlebars won’t suit all tastes. To my surprise, I found the handling was quite nice, even turning relatively tightly. Perhaps my riding skills are just getting a bit better!
With wide bars like this, there’s plenty of leverage for controlling a heavy load, and the bike is equipped with an excellent rack that will take a full 30kg load from panniers and rack-top bag. You can see the frame mount points for the supplementary side racks (an extra 20kg load!) under the middle of the seat:
Another view of the same below. Note the suspension (great for your bike and good for you too, especially on our cratered roads!), the heavy-duty kickstand, and disc brakes to bring everything to a rapid stop:
Although initially skeptical, I was really won over by this charming and versatile design in the short time I spent with it. Not the lightest, or as rapid as the Fuego or the Gaucho 28″, but robust and really pleasing to ride.