what goes where? (if on trail or hike-a-biking, backpack on back with two drybags on it to make the bike easier to move around)

handlebar roll has food, cooking stove, pot

red bag has tent poles rolled in sleeping mat

green dry bag on fork has extra food, tarp, rain clothes

frame bag has tools pump and all electronics aside from cameras, also tuna cans

backpack has everything else, tent body, clothes, sleeping bag, extra food

small bag near cranks has tools not needed right away, spare chain, brake pads, tubeless sealant, etc.


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: 45Nrth Vangelga 4 inch front and back (came with the wheels used, will try 4.8s when I can)
  • brakes: shimano SLX, 180mm rotors
  • handlebars, stem, saddle - nothing special. 

bags & stuff

  • Light Rear rack from Fatback along on top with Deuter Alpine 30L pack
  • 3x blackburn cargo cages, blackburn frame bag and handlebar roll
  • a custom made bag for top tube(front)
  • relevate feed bag
  • MEC raptor drybag (falling apart)



Camping: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1, Western Mountaineering Highlite 2C sleeping bag, Thermarest Prolite pad

Cooking: MSR dragonfly stove (using gasoline), MSR stowaway pot, Sawyer in line filter (although I carry iodine tablets as backup)

Safety: Bear spray (bears, dogs, people?), Bell Super 2 helmet, knife, tiny leatherman tool



Navigation,etc: Samsung Galaxy lite tablet, Garmin Etrex 20 GPS

Lights: Blackburn central light,  Luminaid inflatable solar light

Cameras: GoPro 4 silver, Sony HX50V, Sony actioncam

Others: Anker Astro 16000mAh battery pack (x2) to charge stuff, cables, another Anker battery pack (see img on left, its about 3000mAh)

hold on donkey, I am writing my blog now!

Charging up the GoPro while taking a timelapse of the sunset.

things I am super happy with:

Anker battery packs, Eureka camping gear, Arkel panniers, OMM racks, Blackburn cargo cage, Luminaid solar light, 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:

MEC raptor drybags, Gopro 4 silver (this needs an entire post on its own), Gopro accessories (constantly breaking & replacing)

Surly ET tires, Schwalbe Mondial (sidewalls), WTB(sidewalls)



SEAT PACK: tent (except poles), sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tools, down jacket

HANDLEBAR ROLL: Tent poles, stove, food, toileteries, clothes(on top). On pavement I often throw the backpack on top too

CARGO CAGES: extra food, water, tripod

FRAME BAG: electronics, pump, some tools, bananas

TOP TUBE BAG: Camera, speaker

BACKPACK: food (squishable fruits, etc.), book, documents, money and also space for extra food/water if needed.

HELMET: On my head, unless I am carrying fruit out of town

Spare tire can be strapped to frame, bear spray/lock/gopro/feedbag/gps to handlebars


(Review HERE)

 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.