Bikes of Seven Serpents
9 May, 2022
Name: Zoltan Petes
Cap number: 33
Bike: Specialized Diverge Carbon 2021. SRAM Apex / Rival 1x11 shifting. Michelin Power Gravel 47 mm tyres.
Key items of kit: Mokush Outdoor custom made framebag and snack bags. Ortlieb seatbag. Relevate handlebar bag.
Name: Romain Wartel
Cap number: 37
Bike: This is no ordinary Canyon Grail. It features a homemade, part 3D-printed, part-CNC machined aluminum, bespoke aerobar kit. It is designed to fit on the infamous Grail hoverbar cockpit and includes custom Quadlock & Exposure Lights mounts. Tyres are 40mm Continental Terra Speed (tubeless), pushed by a SRAM AXS transmission on a humble 36T chainring matched with a 11-52T cassette. Karoo 2 for routing with a Garmin as a backup for navigation. Nights will become days thanks to a Toro and a Race Exposure Lights.
Key items of kit: Clothes for the night/rain, first aid kit, tools and spares are packed in Apidura bags, including the Expedition Accessory Pocket (customised as a standalone bag), and a ByMarion&Quentin frame bag. Power will come from a 25800mAh PD battery paired with a super-fast 65W charger. No sleeping kit. Secret item: a local saucisson as emergency food.
Name: Alessandro Grisotto
Cap number: 23
Location: Conegliano Veneto Italy
Bike: OPEN bike, SRAM Rival AXS amd Wheel DT Swiss with Hub Son 28.
Key items of kit: Powerbank Zendure 10.000 mAh, Sol Escape bivy, Tailfin system. Russian bag on the top tube and Vap cycling bag on the front. Son light for Son hub and Fraire rt light on the rear.
Name: Sebestyen Jozsa
Cap number: 31
Bike: The basis of this build is a Specialized Epic HT with some fairly light components: a mix of XTR and XX1 drivetrain, XTR brakes, SID 100mm fork, PHASE carbon rims laced to DT240 hubs, This was modified for the demands of the route with 2.35 Schwalbe Thunderburts for the volume and fast rolling qualities, SQLab inner bar end Deda clip on aero bars for the additional handpositions and SQLab saddle for the comfort at the most important area.
Key items of kit: The core of my bag setup is a custom Mokush Outdoors frame bag and top tube bags, combined with an Evoc bar bag and Apidura racing saddle bag. My sleeping system will consists of the Thermarest Ueberlite pads, Cumulus Magic 100 sleeping bag and an Outdoor Research Helium Bivy. Hydration and extra food storage is served by a Salomon ADV skin 12 vest.
Name: Tom Gehler
Cap number: 10
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Bike: Veloheld IRON MTB 29 Zoll steel Frame. NEWMEN rims, Chris King hubs, Magura brakes, 1X12 Sram AXS, Ritchey WCS carbon fork and René Herse tyres.
Key items of kit: My bags are from @reisefix Halle
My name is Tom, I live in Leipzig | Germany, my hair is already gray & I'm 52 years old, but that doesn't stop me from pedaling hard!
I'm incredibly motivated and really looking forward to the kilometers in the saddle and the uphill rides on gravel! My setup is 15 kilograms light and I want to get by with very little equipment! Ready to go on the gravel!
Name: Peppe Esposto
Cap number: 19
Bike: Canyon Grizl
Key items of kit: Apidura Backcountry handlebar pack and Ortlieb rear pack.
Name: Ada Xinxó
Cap number: 71 (pairs)
Location: Sabadell, Catalonia
Bike: Carbon Finna Taroko alias "La Flaca" with SRAM Rival 1x11 11-42t, TFHPC Wide wheels with WTB Raddler 700x40mm tyres, Ergon SR Pro Saddle, Shimano XT pedals.
Key items of kit: Lights are Lupine Piko, Lupine SL Nano AF 5, Lupine Rotlich. Bags are Geosmina small Top Tube Bag, Geosmina Medium Frame Bag, Ortlieb Seat Pack 16,5L and Restrap Canister bag. Sleep system includes Sea to Summit mattress and Cumulus sleeping bag.
Name: Lorenza Walker
Cap number: 22
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Bike: Cannondale CaadX 2019, Shimano GRX groupset, Schwalbe G-one tyres, custom framebag made by frame with 2 liter waterbladder, Rapha barbag, snackbags from Restrap & Thlp bags, Restrap saddlebag, Wahoo Elemnt gps, Bontrager front and backlight.
Key items of kit: Anker Powerbank, Wahoo Elemnt, Bontrager lights, framebag & saddlebag. Chamois & Sudocreme.
Name: Tim Comyn
Key items of kit: 2 wheels and a place to sit down. Frame bag, saddle bag, handlebar drybag.
Name: Stefan Heilig
Cap number: 74
Location: Innsbruck, AT
Bike: Specialized Diverge
Key items of kit: Apidura Expedition/Race Bag Mix, Specialized lights, Bivi-Setup in the saddlebag, lucky item: emergency Snacks in the SWAT-Box inside the frame! ;)
Andy Sky Walker
Name: Andy Sky Walker
Cap number: 020
Location: Mallorca Spain
Bike: Gravel Grinder based in Planet X Tempest frame set, Stayer / Son carbon wheels, SRAM 1x11 group with Garbaruk 10-48t cassette. Modified rockshok reverb dropper, 10mm float with 120mm adjustable travel.
Key items of kit: Andy Rose custom hydro keg 3.5liters of water capacity tucked down low.
Name: Till Schenk
Cap number: 21
Location: Girona, Spain
Bike: BMC URS LT in size large. Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels with Rene Herse Hurrican Ridge 700x42m tyres. SRAM AXS Force group 38t chain ring with 10-52t cassette.
Key items of kit: Restrap racing saddle bag 7 liters Restrap racing top tube bag 1.5 liters, Supernova Airstream upside down, Lupine Rotlicht rear light. Fizik Argo00 saddle. No bottles or cages. Instead Evoc Hydro Pro Pack 1.5 / 1.5 liters. Garmin Edge 1030 Plus.
Melvin de Groot
Name: Melvin de Groot
Cap number: 16
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Bike: Salsa Stormchaser with SRAM Rival AXS XPLR. 10-44t cassette with a 36T Alugear Beachball chainring on SRAM XX1 cranks. Zipp XPLR hardware and Wolftooth Morse Ti bottle cages. Wheels are handmade; carbon Duke World Runner rims with orange Hope Pro4 mtb hubs and floating discs. Tires are tubeless Schwalbe G-one Bites in 45mm. Shimano XT pedals. Deda Parabolica aerobars with chunky ESI grips.
Key items of kit: Supernova Airstream front light paired with Tail Light. Apidura Racing series bags; aerobar bag, top tube bag and frame bag. Paired with an Apidura Expedition saddle bag. My sleeping kit is from Alpkit (Cloude Base matt, Pipedream 400 sleeping bag and Kloke bivvy bag). I'm bringing my Patagonia Mango Orange Micro Puff jacket to keep myself warm and visible at night.
Name: Jonas Fischer
Cap number: 54
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Bike: Grizl CF SLX 8 Di2 Shimano GRX Di2 RX815 11s DT Swiss GRC1400 Spline db Continental Terra Trail 40mm tubeless Selle San Marco GND Garmin Rally Pedals Ortlieb saddle bag 16l 2x Ortlieb frame bag 4l
Key items of kit: 15.000mAh powerbank 3x Fidlock 590 twist bottle Garmin Edge 1030+ inkl. Powerbank Garmin Vario Radar Sleeping setup: Seatosummit mat + sleeping bag & bivy First Aid & sanitary bag Tyre repair kit + some spare parts, tape & zip ties one kit + warmers GORE SHAKEDRY Jacket
Name: Michael Jacob
Cap number: 53
Bike: Cannondale Topstone 40T front 11-48T Kassette Vittoria Tereno Mix 700x40
Key items of kit: Bags: Restrap Adventure Race Series Seat Bag, Toptube Bag and Handlebar Bag; Rapha Frambag; 8Bar Foodpouches.
GPS: Garmin Edge 830.
Light: Supernova Airsteam 2 + Sigma Aura Spare
- 2x Sigma Backlight
Alpkit Sleeping System, Tools&Spares, Food and Gels, First Aid Set, Powerbank and Kabels
Name: Nils Correvon
Cap number: 49
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Bike: BMC URS LT One Mullet Sram AXS Force/X01 (38x1-52t) CRD-400 Carbon Wheelset
Key items of kit: As less as possible, but as much as necessary (Restrap saddle and frame bags, Knog lights, Camelback Bike Vest 1.5L, rescue sleep system and a few tools).
Name: Emil Johnsson
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Bike: Canyon Grail AL 2019 with Tiagra 2x10 (50/34) paired with a Sunrace 11-40 cassette. 62cm frame enables 6L framebag with 2x950ml water bottles. Probably not the lightest on the grid but a sturdy piece that doesn’t back down for any adventure!
Key items of kit: Revelate 6L framebag and 1.4L ”fuel tank” with room for plenty of snacks. Sleepsystem (Thermarest Vesper down quilt & sea to summit Ether XT mattress) stored at front in an Ortlieb handlebar bag and Sea to summit drybag
Name: Nikolas Moehrmann
Cap number: 35
Bike: The guys at Pastel Cycles put together this WHTIF for me in their flashy Vespa Green colorway. I opted for 700c x 44mm WTB Byway tires which are mounted on PHASE 40mm carbon wheels, set up tubeless. Gravel gold standard Shimano GRX components for peace of mind, PRO griffin saddle for my comfort.
Key items of kit: Up front I'll have an Ortlieb bar bag , accompanied with a Blackburn frame bag and a Topeak Backloader saddle bag. I'll use an Aplkit bivy, Seven Summit sleeping bag and Big Agnes pad as my sleeping system.
Name: Martin Holnburger
Cap number: 48
Bike: Pastel Cycles WHATIF Gravel Bike
Key items of kit: Shimano GRX 1x Setup modified with Garbaruk 10 - 50 Kassette and MTB Tyres width 2.1 inch
Name: Jan-Philipp Sacher
Cap number: ƐƖ
Location: Leipzig / Germany
Bike: -Veloheld IconX Titan -Enve AG 25 -Ingrid CRS-POP -Shimano GRX DI2 38x 11-46 -Ritchey Bar and Stem -Specialized Roval Terra Seatpost -Specialized Power Pro Elaston Saddle -Profile Design Airstryke Aerobar
Key items of kit: -Top Tube Bag + Bar Roll Bag BENUBAGS handmade ST.Pauli 🖤 -Frame Bag Apidura -Sea to Summit ultralight sleeping mat -Mountain Equipment Ion Bivi -Fidlock Toolbox
Lezyne Power Drive XL
Lupine Neo Helmet Light
Knog Blinder -OneUp Pump
BALLERN STICKER ;)
Name: Santi Val
Cap number: 71 (pairs)
Location: Sabadell, Catalonia
Bike: Niner Rlt 9 aluminum "La Solsonina" with SRAM Apex 111 11-42, WTB Nano 70040 tyres , Ergon SM 10 Sport Saddle and Look pedals.
Key items of kit: Lights are Fenix BC 30, Sofirn Sp30 headlamp and Specialized Flux rear. Bags are Geosmina small Top Tube Bag, Geosmina medium Frame Bag and Ortlieb Seat Pack 16.5l. Sleep system with Sea To Summit mat and Cumulus sleeping bag.
Name: Markus Scheidt
Cap number: 18
Location: Würzburg Germany
Bike: Surly Straggler with 2x11 Shimano 105/GRX, WTB Riddler in 37mm, TRP mechanical disc brakes
Key items of kit: Bag on the top tupe is from Topeak, the rest is Ortlieb. The weight of the packed bike is about a ton which helps me to keep the traction. Power comes from a Son dynamo, Snickers and Coke.
Name: Robert Krügel
Cap number: 12
Location: Dresden Germany
Bike: Mason Bokeh V1 - my old lady
Key items of kit: Beast Components Gravel Bar - no more numb hands, Black Tea Bags for cold brew in the bottles while riding, a polaroid of my girlfrind, my Fuji Camera and my 2 Frinds Tom & Thomas, who are also riding the Serpents.
Name: Robert Winter
Cap number: 05
Location: Munich, Germany
Bike: Cannondale SuperX SE, size 58, Mavic Allroad 650b wheels, WTB Venture 47mm tyres, SRAM 1x11 Force groupset, Brooks Cambium C13 saddle
Key items of kit: Self made bar bag system for sleeping stuff, special Garmin mount incl. Supernova Airstream light
Name: Szabolcs Várnagy
Cap number: 72
Bike: My bike is a carbon Specialized Diverge from 2019.
Key items of kit: A mix of Apidura and Topeak bags, Lezyne lights and a Garmin.
Cap number: 42
Location: Wolfratsausen, Germany
Bike: Veloheld iconx
Key items of kit: Most Important: sunscreen, first aid pack
Hydration: I try a new approach and put an Apidura hydration bladder in my custom frame bag from Gramm Tourpacking. I also carry an emergency bottle below the down tube.
Sleeping: cumulus down trousers combined with a puffy Jacket from Patagonia and a sleeping mat.
Food: Bars, gummy bears,....
Clothes: a second pair of cycling shorts, a T-Shirt, a second pair of socks and a rain jacket.
Light: Supernova front light & Sigma rear light
Cap number: 70
Bike: Specialized Diverge Expert with Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper and SWAT Box in downtube.
Key items of kit: Bags: Ortlieb Full Frame Bag + Front Bag and Restrap Seat Bag. Sleeping Equipment: Sea to Summit Lightweight Sleeping Bag + Mat. Cumulus Shield Bivy.
Lights: Lupine Neo Frontlight + Stix Backlight Specialized
Tyres: S-Works Pathfinder 2Bliss Ready 700*42m.
GPS Computer: Wahoo Bolt 2.0.
Name: Jo Pfahl
Cap number: 70
Location: Munich, Germany
Bike: Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon
Key items of kit: Bags: Apidura Framebag, Seat Bag, Frontbag and Framebags
Lights: Front Lupine Piko and rear Specialized Stix.
Name: Cedric Sion
Cap number: 15
Location: Rouen (France)
Bike: Bombtrack Hook EXT C with Shimano GRX 810 48-31 / 11-42 and DT Swiss crc1400 with Son Dynamo hub.
Key items of kit: Saddle bag is Specialized. OR Helium bivy. Puffy jacket and pants. Sinewave Beacon and Knog PWR Mountain rear light. Large water and food capacity for fewer stops. Berthoud saddle as comfortable as an armchair
Name: Svenja Nilsson
Cap number: 68
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Bike: VOTEC VRX Elite
Key items of kit: Anker Powerbank, Garmin Edge, frame bag, rear bag.
Name: David Büttner
Cap number: 40
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Bike: Any cube bike would do - two wheels, two brakes, if the gearshift works then two gears on the front.
Key items of kit: Self-sewing-repaired Apidura bags, and an awesome super-light tent (620g) made by #ventour --> it's for two people.
Name: Balazs Kekes
Cap number: 72
Location: Vienna, Austria
Bike: Giant Talon 0 2021, 1x12 Shimano Deore drivetrain with 50mm Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite 'gravel' tyres.
Key items of kit: Hammock + tarp + bivvy for sleeping.
Name: Christian Menges
Cap number: 75
Location: Innsbruck, Austria.
Bike: Scott Speedster Gravel 20, Shimano GRX 2x11 with Maxxis Rambler 40m tyres.
Key items of kit: Restrap frame & saddle bag. Mattress straped to top tube.
Name: Joris Pesch
Cap number: 46
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
Bike: Canyon Grizl with DT Swiss wheels and Shimano GRX 1x11 40 in front and 11-42t in the back.
Key items of kit: Apidura expedition bags and Sea to Summit sleeping bag and mat.
Cap number: 69
Location: Esslingen (Germany)
Bike: Cotic SolarisMAX, SRAM GX AXS Eagle, Hunt Enduro Wide wheelset and Continental MountainKing 2.35.
Key items of kit: Fairweather handlebar bag, Riverside frame bag, top tube bag, saddle bag. Alpkit Hunka XL Bivvy, Alpkit Pipedream 200 sleeping bag, Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Air Mat. Alpkit Bruler and Lupine Blika.
Name: Jörg Wachowiak
Cap number: 43
Bike: CUBE Reaktion GTC Hardtail with rigid fork. 2x11 Shimano.
Key items of kit: Routing with Garmin Edge + Powerbank. Light sleeping bag.
Name: Sam Atterbury
Cap number: 28
Bike: Rondo Ruut CF2, PHASE Carbon Ultra Wheels (supplied by Pastel Cycles), Brooks Saddle.
Key items of kit: Big bags for food.