Bikes & Luggage

For some the bikes would be the most daunting aspect of planning a trip of this type, but as Ben is a bicycle mechanic this bit was reasonably straightforward. Combining knowledge of what we wanted with what was available through the shop he worked at we came up with a custom spec for two bikes that would hopefully stand up to the rigours of our adventure.

Some details of the original 2017 bike build can be found on the blog HERE or read on for the actual spec list.

As the bike and kit list is an ongoing project, we’re constantly updating it with any items that we have replaced, lost or added along the way.

**Recently we returned to the UK (Christmas 2018) and have replaced various parts on the bikes, making them more like the mountain bikes we used to ride before we started touring (see photos below). You can read more about our decisions on the blog HERE.

September 2017 bike build:

Naked bikes

January 2019 bike build:

Bike Specs: 
Frame:Ben: Genesis Longitude. M frame.
Steph: Surly ECR. XS frame
Fork:Ben: Genesis Cr-Mo
Steph: Surly ECR
Headset:Cane Creek 40
Wheels - Hub (F):SP Dynamo - PD8
Wheels - Hub (R):Shimano XT
Wheels - Rims:Mavic EN827 29"
Wheels - Tyres:Continental Race King 29x2.2 Protection - Tubeless (Other than Ben’s rear tyre that tore at the bead, these tyres lasted 15 months and 14,000km with no issues)
Jan 2019 - Ben: F - Maxxis Minion SS 2.3”. R - Kenda Small Block Eight 2.1”
Steph: F & R - Vittoria Mezcal G+ TNT 2.6”
^ All tubeless
Spokes:DT Swiss Competition
Nipples:DT Swiss Prolock
Tubeless Valves:Nutrak Presta Brass
Brakes - Levers:Shimano Deore
Brakes - Calipers:TRP Spyke
Brakes - Rotors:TRP 180/160mm F/R
Replaced in Peru for Shimano
Drive - Shifters:Shimano XT 3x10
January 2019: Shimano SLX 1x11
Drive - BB:Shimano BB52
Drive - Crank:Shimano Deore 3x10
January 2019: Shimano Deore 1x11
Drive - Chainrings:Shimano Deore 22/32/42
January 2019: Uberbike 30T
Drive - Front Mech:Shimano Deore 3x10
January 2019: None
Drive - Rear Mech:Shimano Deore Shadow+ 10s
January 2019: Shimano SLX 11 speed
Drive - Cassette:Shimano XT 10s 11-36
January 2019: Shimano SLX 11 speed 11-46
Drive - Chain:Shimano Deore 10 speed HG54
January 2019: Shimano SLX 11 speed
Finish - Stem:Ben: January 2019 - 50mm with stem raiser which replaces Bontrager Elite (PRO Koryak- Replaced)
Steph: 90mm System EX
Finish - Bars:Ben: Alpkit Fumanchu 660mm 40 degree sweep.
Steph: Soma Osprey 710mm 40 degree sweep (replaced Alpkit bars)
Finish - Grips:Specialized BG Comfort (PRO Silicon: Replaced)
Finish - Seatclamp:Ben: Genesis Generic
Steph: M Part Clamp with rack mounts (replaced Surly Stainless)
Finish - Seatpost:PRO Koryak
Finish - Saddle:Ben: Charge Spoon (replaced Brooks B17 - not comfortable)
Steph: Brooks B17 Women’s specific
Finish - Pedals:Ben: DMR V12
Steph: Hope F20
Extras - Charging:Cinq5 The Plug 3
Extras - Rear Rack:Tubus Logo Classic 29" - Black
Extras - Front Rack:Steph: Surly 8 Pack Rack
Extras - Bottle Cage:Topeak.
Blackburn outpost cages
Extras - Phone Mount:QuadLock
Overall bike weight (September 2017):Ben: 15kg
Steph: 15.25kg

Luggage 2017: (Changes for 2019 include a Carradice rack top bag for Ben instead of the seat pack and Steph has small Arkel panniers instead of the Rack Pack (see ‘Camping & Gear V2’ HERE for more)

We also have plenty of (probably far too many) tools and spares – see more on Camping & Gear V2.


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