ell this one has been a long time in the works and big thanks to Fatback bikes for the frame, Chris for getting the kit together and finding great used parts and Paulo/Luis from Colombia for getting this whole thing together!
- frame: Fatback Rhino FLT
- drivetrain: SRAM GX1
- wheels: Turnagain hubs and not sure what rims but I am ok with that, built by my friend Chris Murray
- tires: MAXXIS FBR and FBF (4.8¨)
- brakes: none atm
- suspension: Lauf Carbonara
bags & stuff
- Light Rear rack from Fatback along on top with Deuter Alpine 30L pack
- blackburn cargo cage
- cleaveland mountaineering custom frame bag
- a custom made bag for top tube(front)
- relevate feed bag
- Sea to Summit dry bag (front)
CAMPING & COOKING
Camping: REI Quaterdome 1, REI Alpinepod (-7C), Thermarest Prolite pad
Cooking: MSR dragonfly stove (using gasoline), MSR big 2 part pot, small frying pan, Sawyer in line filter (although I carry iodine tablets as backup)
Safety: Nothing really.
Navigation,etc: Samsung Galaxy lite tablet,
Lights: Blackburn central light, Luminaid inflatable solar light
Cameras: GoPro 5, Olympus OMD-EM10
Others: Anker Astro 2000mAh battery pack and one 16000 to charge stuff, cables, another Anker battery pack (see img on left, its about 3000mAh)
things I am super happy with:
Anker battery packs, Eureka camping gear, Arkel panniers, OMM racks, Blackburn cargo cages, Sawyer in-line filter, Alpacka raft, MSR dragonfly stove, Jetboil stove, $3 tires from grocery stores in Panama, SLIK light tripods (and cheap too), Chris Murray Wheelworks, sunshine and the occasional snowstorm.
things I am NOT super happy with (stay away!!!):
MEC raptor drybags, Gopro 4 silver (this needs an entire post on its own), Gopro accessories (constantly breaking & replacing), Shimano SLX disc brakes, Big Agnes fly creek ul1 tent
Surly ET tires, Schwalbe Mondial (sidewalls), WTB(sidewalls)
OLD BIKES AND SETUPS
well its kind of a mix and match, a lot of parts were given to me or 2nd hand, here are the more important bits and pieces.
Frame: Surly Troll 26", Rock Shox TK 30 coil suspension fork
Drivetrain (9 speed): I have shimano deraileurs but run whatever cassette and chain I get my hands on. I like the SRAM stuff for the master links, currently running a random chain and shimano cassette.
Wheels (built by Chris Murray): XT hubs (36h), DT Alpine 3 spokes, Sun Rhyno Lite rims.
Other: Brooks Cambium C-17 saddle, brakes: Avid BB7, grips: these Ergon ones with bar ends, flat pedals, no clip in
Tires: mostly what's available, I am not a die hard fan of a specific tire or brand. I've used schwalbe mondials, kenda nevegals, WTB nanos, maxxis and surly ET. They all kind of suck. Now rocking $3.75 Panamenian supermarket tires.
BAGS and tools and stuff
Bikepacking bags (Blackburn Outpost set): Handlebar Roll, Seat pack, top tube bag, 3x cargo cages, frame bag
Backpack: Deuter Alpine 30L
Tools: Casette removal tool, blackburn toolminator 10 multitool, blackburn mammoth anyvalve pump, park tools emergency tire boots, SRAM master links, few spare tubes, some zipties and ductape.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY! - I rode a Niner Jet 9 (29",aluminum, SRAM XX1, full suspension) for 3 months this summer while riding the GDMBR/CDT. Looks like they discountinued the model so I can't give you exact specs but its included in the review.