The Bikes We Ride

The second half of 2017 was full of preparation. We made up our minds that the time for adventure was near. We decided that we would depart New Mexico in December, leaving us with approximately seven months of planning and prep.

First we had to decide our mode of travel; bikes, mountain bikes. Both of us are keen on being far away in the backcountry, so the decision to land on bikepacking as our mode of travel was a simple one. Paloma, confident in her backpacking and backcountry experience, agreed even though she’s never ridden mountain bikes.

Next up, where are we going? That one was the easiest, south! Paloma being Mexican-American and myself Colombian-American, heading to Central and South America made sense. Also, both of us have been speaking Spanish since we were babies, so that helps.

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Next up, bikes!

In a time when several brands are producing high quality bikepacking bikes and gear, decisions can be hard to make. For us however, Surly was the brand for us from the beginning. For the past two years I have been lucky enough to be part of the team over at The Broken Spoke bike shop in Santa Fe, NM. Among many reputable MTB brands, the shop also represents Surly Bikes. The whole crew at the Broken Spoke rides Surly and we love them.

Mike- Karate Monkey

Dylan- ICT

Owen- Troll, Instigator

Jet- Krampus

Paul- Long Haul Trucker

Sarah- Cross Check

Paulie-….. Soma Wolverine…..*cough, cough*

Nathan- Krampus

Kevin- Troll

Ask any of us, or anyone who owns a surly for that matter, and we’ll tell you the truth. Surly makes great bikes and gear. Working among these characters, full of knowledge and experience, I was able to learn a great deal of life lessons on and off the bike. I could go on for pages about the crew at the shop but for now we’ll leave it with a massive thank you!                     

Weapon of choice:

                                           SURLY TROLL 26+

                                               26 AINT DEAD

                                                RIDE OR DIE

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I will go further into the bags and accessories in later posts, for now here is a parts run down:

KEVIN’S TROLL

Large Surly Troll Frame: Maroon

D.T: 2x10

Crankset: Surly OD 175MM

Chainrings: 22t-36t

Cassette: Sram 11-42

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R. Der. Deore

Front Hub: Busch and Schmidt SON 28 Dynamo Hub

Rear hub: Shimano XT

Rims: WTB ASYM I35

Tires: WTB Ranger 3.0” Tough Rolling

Rear Rack: Surly Rack

Front Rack: Sunlite Goldtech

Headset: Cane Creek 10

Bottom Bracket:  Surly BB

Stem: Salsa Guide 60MM

Bars: Jones Bars 710mm

Grips: Ergon GC1

Brakes: BB7 MTN

Rotors: F. 180 Sram centerline R. 160mm Certerline

Pedals: Deity TMAC

Saddle: WTB Pure

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PALOMA’S TROll

Small Surly Troll Frame: Black

D.T: 2x10

Crankset: Surly OD 170MM

Chainrings: 22t-36t

Cassette: Sram 11-42

F. Der. XT

R. Der. XT

Front Hub: Busch and Schmidt SON 28 Dynamo Hub

Rear Hub: Shimano XT

Rims: WTB ASYM I35

Tires: WTB Ranger 3.0” Tough Rolling

Rear Rack: Surly Rack

Front Rack: Sunlite Goldtech

Headset: Cane Creek 40

Bottom Bracket:  Surly BB

Stem: Raceface 60MM

Bars: Soma Osprey / Rusty Bars

Grips: Ergon GP1

Brakes: BB7 MTN

Rotors: F. 180 Sram centerline R. 160mm Certerline

Pedals: Kore

Saddle: WTB Deva

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Aside from a few subtle differences we are both running almost the same parts. Working at the shop with the inspiration of many friends and colleagues we built up two awesome beasts. The bikes are performing to their best and pushing our limits. They are certainly the tool for the job; the job however is very challenging. Bikepacking is hard and The Baja Divide route is a huge challenge. With our combined experience and persistence, we are making it happen.

For the crew, and our group of friends reading this: Thank you guys. Thank you for the time we’ve spent together, you guys rock!

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