Bikes of BC Epic 1000 2023

Bikes of BC Epic 1000 2023

26 June, 2023

Have a look at how riders will equip themselves for these sections of challenging singletrack and the rest is mostly rough gravel forest service road and about 100km paved through a great diversity of terrain and ecosystems.

Follow along with our commentary here.

Jake Cullen

Name: Jake Cullen

Age: 26

Location: Vancouver, BC

Bike: BMC Twostroke 01. SRAM GX AXS with a 34t front, 10-52t rear. Shimano XT Brakes, with 180mm rotors. WeAreOne Sector Rims hand laid in Kamloops, with SP Dynamo hub up front and an I9 1-1 hub in the rear, hand-built in Vancouver by Randognar. Tires are Pirelli Scorpion XC H 29 x 2.2 with Tannus Tubeless Inserts.

Key items of kit: Apidura Backcountry Long Top Tube Pack, which houses my batteries and electronics, as well as my arm warmers, leg warmers and gloves. Apidura Backcountry 1l Frame Pack full of extra food and my pump and multitool. Apdidura Expedition Downtube bag full of spare parts, and more specific tools that I hope to not need but would never leave home without. Apidura Expedition 9L Saddle Bag has my sleep kit (SOL Emergency Bivvy, and an MEC Vectair UL pad), as well as a pair of wool socks, my Albion Zoa insulated jacket, my Albion Zoa rain jacket, and my 7mesh Thunderpants. I also have two Bivo Duos (black cap for drink mix or coke, red cap for water), and a Camelbak Chase Vest filled with water and more food. For light I have Sinewave Beacon and a B+M rear dynamo powered light, along with a Fenix HM-65R Headlamp.

Scott Sundby

Name: Scott Sundby

Age: 49

Location: Alexandria, MN, USA

Bike: I'm riding a 2021 Salsa Cutthroat. I got this prior to last year's Tour Divide (TD) This started as a stock set-up, but I put on a Hunt wheelset (with Mezcal tires) with a dynamo hub prior to last year's TD. During the TD, I was forced to changed it to a 1x and I'm never going back. Since then, I've switched the stem and seatpost to Redshift for the little bit of cush for my aching back. I highly recommend checking them out. This bike is commonly seen at these type of events and there is a reason for that as it is a fantastically comfortable ride.

Key items of kit: I have been a fan of the Revelate bags since prior to them getting threatened with a lawsuit by the big S over their name. They make bomb proof bags, as do most of the bag makers out there these days, including Rogue Panda who I believe makes the best fit frame bag for the Cutthroat. I've been impressed with the K-Lite front and rear. Besides all the gear, I want to shout out my family for their support. I hope my daughters are as lucky as I am to find someone that lets them chase their dreams like I did.

Damian Parlee

Name: Damian Parlee

Age: 26

Location: Victoria, BC, Canada

Bike: Winspace G2, with GRX Di2 1x running a 38 tooth front ring and 11-46 cassette. Wheels are a Winspace Grapid in the rear, and SON28 front hub laced to a light bicycles front rim.

Key items of kit: Rear bag and TT bar bag are both Apidura, and custom homemade frame bag with two main compartments and one slim pocket for all my electronics. I have a Sinewave charger to keep my devices topped up as well. I'm using 3 1L bottles (one on each fork leg and one in the frame) along with a 1L BeFree water bladder/filter. For lights I have an SON Edelux dynamo front and rear light, with an additional Lezyne 1600XXL front light for any fast descents. My sleep system is all in my saddlebag, with an outdoor research bivy sack, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat all rolled up together to make setup super quick.

Mike Coulter

Name: Mike Coulter

Age: 37

Location: Kamloops, BC

Bike: Rocky Mountain Solo 70, 650b NOBL TR33 with i9 1/1 wheels, Rene Herse Umtanum Ridge 55mm Tires, SRAM GX Eagle 10-50, 38t w/ Rival AXS Shifters. Selle Italia Novus Boost Saddle, Profile Designs Aerobars, Easton Seatpost and Crankset and Bars.

Key items of kit: Revelate Bag Suite: Mag-Tank 2000, Ripio Frame Bag (M), Egress Pocket and Terrapin 8l. (w/ AGU Feedbags), Topeak ToolKeg, Garmin Edge 530, Garmin InReach, Gemini Duo 2200 Lighting. Also, thousands of gummy bears.

Kodi Hodgen

Name: Kodi Hodgen

Age: 32

Location: Exshaw, Alberta

Bike: Fairlight Holt (the people eater)

Key items of kit: This grape flavoured 29’er features a squishy front end, carbon cranks, and a wireless derailleur.

Steve Petrar

Name: Steve Petrar

Age: 42

Location: North Vancouver, BC

Bike: Revel El Jefe. WeAreOne Faction wheels with Son28 dynamo and DT350 hub. SRAM XO Transmission drivetrain. Teravail Sparwood treads. It's my first bike with electronic shifting, so it's a whole new thing for me!

Key items of kit: K-Lite MTB headlight connected to the dynamo for illumination, Wahoo Roam for navigation. Bags are by Rogue Panda, Apidura and Almsthre. Ergon saddle and grips are my favourite.

Mike Martin

Name: Mike Martin

Age: 45

Location: Vancouver, BC

Bike: Salsa Cutthrout with Sid Ultimate SL forks. SRAM AXS Force / XX1 mullet.

Key items of kit: Son-28, K-Lite, Revelate Designs bags, Apidura 3L bladder + modified Hose / Bite Valve (Apidura one is no-bueno).

Andy Ward

Name: Andy Ward

Age: 35

Location: Fernie, BC

Bike: 9Zero7 Saber

Key items of kit: I’ll be comfortably overbiked for this years Epic with a Fox32 stepcast 100mm Fork & 90mms of drop from a OneUp post. Shaka Packs custom frame & aero bar packs do most of the carrying. Rolling on the magnificent Berd xc25 Wheelset. Finishing off with Mighty Mudhugger Fenders, worth their weight in gold.

Derek Slykerman

Name: Derek Slykerman

Age: 52

Location: Port Coquitlam, BC

Bike: Norco Threshold SL Cyclocross back by popular demand. Completed a successful 2019 Epic in 9th place with a time of 3d 19h 34m. Looking to best that time.

Key items of kit: Mainly Apidura bags, Lauf Grit fork. SP dynamo with a Sinewave Beacon, Exposure Sixpack all on a Salsa carbon Cowchipper. Bottles mounted on Wolftooth BRad side-by-sides and a king cage for a 1L or a Happy Meal. 36t oval with an 11-46 for climbing. Rolling Teravail Rutland skinnies 40mm front 36mm rear. Let the good times roll!!!

Ethan Albrecht

Name: Ethan Albrecht

Age: 32

Location: Edwards, California

Bike: 2020 Salsa Cutthroat with Ratio 12 speed conversion, Garbaruk cassette and chainring, Rockshox SID Ultimate SL 100mm fork, and Redshift Sports clip on aero bars because #comfy

Key items of kit: Tailfin seat pack/rack for sleep system and other "once a day" items, Salsa EXP frame and top tube bag for hygiene and food, Ortleib bar bag for everything puffy, and 2 by Revelate Designs feedbags for persistent snacking.

Jamie Nicholson

Name: Jamie Nicholson

Age: 36

Location: San Francisco, California

Bike: Riding an Open W.I.D.E with Force AXS, Hunt adventure carbon 650B wheels with Rene Herse Umtanum 55mm tires and a redshift stem to try and smooth things out a bit. I'm also using a profile designs aero bar to give the hands a break.

Key items of kit: Bags: a mix of Revelate, Tailfin, Outershell and Restrap. I'll also be wearing a Camelback backpack.

Sleep system: Zpacks Plex Solo tent and Zpacks sleeping bag with an old (very loud) Big Agnes pad.

Electronics: 2x 10k mAH power banks, Exposure Torro MK12, Garmin 1040 and a Garmin InReach mini.

Michael Conrad

Name: Michael Conrad

Age: 32

Location: Vancouver, BC

Bike: Breezer Radar x Pro. Swapped out the chainring for the Blackspire Snaggletooth 36t, Maxxis Ikons, Soma front rack.

Key items of kit: , An assortment of bags from Shaka Packs, Swift Industries, Apidura, Salsa, and Blue Lug. Sleep system includes OR Helium bivy and Sea to Summit Ultralight sleeping mat. Can't forget the trusty Teva's!

Robyn Cabunoc-Boettcher

Name: Robyn Cabunoc-Boettcher

Age: 31

Location: Nelson, BC, Canada

Bike: Salsa Cutthroat. SRAM Force 11spd diy mullet drivetrain (X01 derailleur with Garabaruk 10-50T cassette), 34t SRAM chainring, Mezcal tires 29x2.35, Profile Designs T2 carbon aero bars, Shimano xtr clipless pedals and Ritchey Beacon XL bars.

Key items of kit: Bags: Wild North custom framebag and Revelate designs: mag tank 2000, Jerry can, mtn feed bags, saddle bag. Gear: Wahoo Element Roam, Apidura 3L framebag bladder and a whole bunch of other bits and bobs!

Mike Manuel

Name: Mike Manuel

Age: 34

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Bike: 2022 Panorama Katahdin frameset, rims: Easton Arc25 32h, hubs: Son28, DT Swiss 350, tires: Mezcal front & Rene Herse rear, Redshift suspension stem and seatpost and SRAM Rival mechanical groupset with Motozuno brakes.

Key items of kit: Reform saddle and various bags etc.

Corey Wallis

Name: Corey Wallis

Age: 32

Location: Burnaby BC, Canada

Bike: Landyachtz Play Bike 2.0

Key items of kit: Full Apidura bag line up.. saddle bag, full fram bag, top tube bag, and two food pouches. Apidura hydration pack as well.

Marcus Ahern

Name: Marcus Ahern

Age: 37

Location: Coldtream

Bike: Norco Fluid HT. Rolls on Hunt Search dynamo wheelset, Chinese carbon fork, Deore groupset, Stooge moto bars and trying out 29 x 2.35 Mezcals since everyone seems to be using them these days.

Key items of kit: Custom frame bag, feed bags and rear top tube bag from Shaka packs. Trying out an Aeroe rear rack this trip containing Sol bivy and Feathered Friends Flicker sleeping bag.

Mark Williams

Name: Mark Williams

Age: 40

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia

Bike: Salsa Cutthroat, EThirteen Trs Carbon race wheels with Mezcal tires, SRAM XX1 AXS shifting, XX1 cassette, Race Face Next R cranks, Shimano XTR pedals. Up front have Redshift suspension stem, Salsa Cowchipper bars, profile aero bars mounted on a Fred Bar, SRAM AXS Force hydraulic breaks. SQlab 611 seat.

Key items of kit: Wahoo GPS, Gloworm/Garmin lights. Mix of Salsa frame/top tube bags, Revelate Jerry Can, Apidura seat/feed bags.

Matt Meiler

Name: Matt Meiler

Age: 31

Location: Vancouver, BC

Bike: 2021 Kona Sutra ULTD, Teravail Rutland 29x2.2 tires.

Key items of kit: Magicshine Monteer 5000 lumen light, Redshift Aero Bars, Redshift Top and Dropbar grips, WolfTooth Dual Bottle mount for cage and bottles on fork. Apidura 14L frame bag, Arkel 25L Rollpacker rear seat bag, Topeak front loader & dry bag and Pack Northwest top tube and hamster feed bags.

Melanie Loseth

Name: Melanie Loseth

Age: 58

Location: Cranbrook

Bike: Rocky Mountain Suzi-Q

Key items of kit: BarYak Talon Harness and bag, Apidura fork bags, Arkel panniers and handmade frame bag by my husband.


Name: Martin

Age: 48

Location: Nanaimo BC

Bike: Salsa Cutthroat

Key items of kit: Mixed bag of bags.

Jason Reeves

Name: Jason Reeves

Age: 55

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Bike: 2019 Salsa Fargo 29er. Mix of Shimano GRX and XT 2X groupset 24/34 - 11/40 Wolftooth Roadlink Dm, WTB KOM Tough i30 with DT 350 and SP dynamo hubs Fred bar with profile designs aerobar, Salsa Cowchipper bar 46cm, Redshift tape and inserts, Klite charge controller for front/rear lighting. Vittoria Mezcal 2.6" tires and Ergon SMC sport saddle.

Key items of kit: Salsa EXP handlebar cradle and toploader bag. Salsa EXP fork anything cradles and bags. Lezyne fork bottle cages. Rogue Panda custom double decker framebag. Rogue Panda top tube and downtube bags. Revelate Designs Terrapin seat bag and feedbags. Hammerhead Karoo 2 GPS. Big Agnes Copper Spur 1P tent. Alpkit Pipe Dream 200 sleeping bag. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir pad. collapsible bike stand. It's my favorite bit of kit, no laying the bike down, makes packing easy in the morning, worth the 100g.

Guy Cote

Name: Guy Cote

Age: 40

Location: Calgary, Canada

Bike: 2023 Trek 1120, 29” x 2.6” Maxxis Ikon

Key items of kit: Bontrager aero bars, Redshift Sports Shockstop Seatpost, Revelate Designs seatpack, Apidura top tube bag, Blackburn frame bag, 2x Topeak feed bags

Jan Acuff

Name: Jan Acuff

Age: 68

Location: Seattle, Wa USA

Bike: CURVE GMX+. Wheels: CURVE Dirt Hoops 27.5 w/Maxxis Icons 2.35. SON hub w/IQ-X light

Key items of kit: Tailfin rack/bag/small panniers, Apidura fork bags, top tube bag, Revelate Designs harness and front bag.

Guy Cote

Name: Guy Cote

Age: 40

Location: Calgary, AB, Canada

Bike: 2023 Trek 1120, Bontrager Aero bars, 29”x2.6” Maxxis Ikon tyres. Pedalcell power generator and Redshift Sports Shockstop seatpost.

Key items of kit: Revelate Designs seatpack, Blackburn Outpost Frame bag, Topeak feed bags x2 and Apidura Top tube bag.