Bike build

(Non bike gear can be found here):
Since a lot of my trip is off road, solo and potentially remote, durability and reliability were my top priorities when building and selecting my bike.

Frame: Surly Troll – steel versatile mountain bike with LOTS of options for different builds
Grips: Ergon GP1 – standard
Handlebar PRO Mtn bike Bar-FRS 20 Black 31.8/68cm Riser20

Front Derailleur: Deore High Clamp FD-M591
Rear Derailleur: SLX Long Cage  RD-M662
Chain: XT Chain CN-Hg93 (SRAM masterlink)
Cassette: LX/SLX/Saint CS-HG80 9 Speed 11-32
Crankset: inc  B/B IFCT661E866C  -FC-T661 175mm 44-32-22
Brake Lever: AVID BB7
Brakes: AVID BB7 Mtn
Headset: PRO Headset -r-11 1-1/8 cartridge

Seat Post: Thomson Elite
Saddle: WTB Speed Comp V (no issues whatsoever after 12500 km on this saddle)

Front: TWE 32 Hole (local dealer brand)
Back: SunRingle RhynoLite Rim – 26 Inch x 36 Hole; Hope Pro 2 Evo 135mm Disc Rear Hub -Black 36 Hole (started with a different wheel from a local dealer in Sydney and the rim cracked so I ordered this through Universal Cycles. They were efficient and friendly, and I was desperate on the Continental Divide trail)
Tyre Front: Schwalbe Marathon Extreme 26 x 2.25
Tyre Rear: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 26 x 2.0
Spare tyre / road tyre option: Front Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 26 x 1.6

FRONT: Old Man mountain
BACK: Tubus Cargo (run over by a taxi in Panama, bent out of shape but still going!)

BAGS (not the PVC version)
– Ortlieb Front Panniers  (25l: pair)
– Ortlieb Back Panniers (40l: pair)
Pretty good on paved roads, flap about a bit off road. Consider Arkel too.


– 2x pumps (one mini track with pressure gauge/ one small emergency)
– tyre levers plus spare
– 2x inner tubes + patches (glue, couldn’t rely on the other type)
– Topeak Alien multi tool,
– Hex key: 6mm 5mm, 4mm, 3mm (alt. to Tork), 1mm (brake);
– Leatherman Squirt (tiny tool: pliers / scissors),
– Chain tool
– Stein tool (v. lightweight cassette removal)

– Grease
– Chain lube
– Small rag to clean chain

– tyres: no longer have spares
– Spokes (~7?)
– Spare chain pin / master links
– Quick release axle skewer
– nuts & bolts for racks
– Gear cable
– Disc brake spares ([pads& cage] x2, cable)
– Emergency tyre boot (repairing holes in the tyres temporarily)

– zip ties, mini sewing kit, String, dental floss, duct tape, electrical tape

– helmet
– black marker pen (helpful to circle the punctures)

2 thoughts on “Bike build

    • Ha ha, sorry Steve! It had lots of use in North America but I ended up sending it home to save weight (the one cycling top I kept is exceptionally bright for high viz on the crazy latino roads!).

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