Bikes of Taunus Bikepacking No. 5

Bikes of Taunus Bikepacking No. 5

7 June, 2022

Michael Rau

Name: Michael Rau

Age: 37

Cap number: 67

Location: Bretten, Germany

Bike: NINER RLT 9 Frame Forge Grey/Sky Blue 2020, Shimano GRX Gravel RX810 Groupset (48-31, 11-36), DT Swiss G 1800 Spline wheels, Schwalbe G-One Allround or Ultrabite tyres depending on the weather conditions

Key items of kit: Arm warmers, Gore rain jacket, Craft visibility vest, Roeckl cycling cloves, Forclaz sleeping bag and air mattress, Stratosphere Bivvi tent from Snugpak.

Daniel Schleh

Name: Daniel Schleh

Age: 37

Cap number: 7

Location: Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany

Bike: Nordest Albarda, DT Swiss GR 1600 Wheels with Race King 2.2 tires, Sram Rival AXS 1x12 (36t x 10-52t )

Key items of kit: Topeak barbag, DIY framebag and apidura saddle pack. Hammerhead karoo, Nitecore headlamp and 2x 10.000 power banks. Sleepingbag liner with sea to summit airmat and tyvek bivy bag. Set of baselayers for the night, Decathlon down jacket and Gore shakedry jacket.

Fabian Wurm

Name: Fabian Wurm

Age: 32

Cap number: 29

Location: Siegen, Germany

Bike: I will ride my Bockstein Mauerweg with 40mm Schwalbe G-One R. Shimano Grx 1x11 with 40/42 is already proofed in my homearea. My wheelset will be different to these pictures. I will use a SON Deluxe 12 hub with carbon rims also built by BocksteinBikes. Busch und Müller IQ-X and a Lupine Piko will brighten my nights. My navigation device will be a Garmin Edge 1030.

Key items of kit: If I want sleep, I have a Alpkit Hunka Bivy Bag, Sea to Summit Ultralight mat and a Sea to Summit Spark 0 Sleepingbag are cozy for warm summer nights. Also I will take a spare bib, some merino gloves, merino neckwarmer and merino earwarmer for colder moments

Norbert Münch

Name: Norbert Münch

Age: 50

Cap number: 24

Location: Mönchengladbach, Germany

Bike: Kinesis Tripster ATR V2, Bombtrack EXT V2 fork, GRX Di2 1x11 drivetrain with a 36t chainring and a 11-42t cassette. Vittoria Terreno Dry tyres (40-622).

Key items of kit: Apidura saddle and frame bag, Exped Ultra 3R sleeping mat, Nordisk Fever Ultra sleeping bag, Borah Gear cuben bivy, Wahoo Elemnt Bolt V2.

Gisbert Lustig

Name: Gisbert Lustig

Age: 37

Cap number: 60

Location: Osnabrück, Germany

Bike: Frame: Curve GMX Wheels: 29er Curve Dirt Hoops 30mm ID Tires: Continental Race Kings 2.2 Drivetrain: Sram AXS 32T front and 10/52T back Bags: Mix of Apidura and Revelate Designs + optional drybag for puffy jacket strapped to the front Lightning/Power: SON Dynamo + kLite Bikepacker Pro + Headlamp Cockpit: Salsa Cowchipper + HED Cliplite Aero Bars Navigation: Wahoo Elemnt bolt V2 + back up eTrex 30x

Key items of kit: Sleep System: Mountain Laurel Designs Event Soul Bivy + Cummulus Magic 100 + Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody + Sea to Summit Pillow + Exped Synmat HL Optional Rain Gear: 7Mesh Revelation Jacket and waterproof socks mainly for keeping wet feet warm Miscellaneous: 1 Set of Clothing, 2-2,8 liters of water depending on heat, snacks, repair kit, basic hygiene items, 5000er power bank, phone, charging cable

Markus Goetzke

Name: Markus Goetzke

Age: 52

Cap number: 27

Location: Liederbach, Germany

Bike: Santa Cruz Chameleon 2009 with 27.5“ wheels, Drivetrain 2x10 Shimano, SPD pedals, aerobars from Decathlon, Conti RaceKing 2.2 V/H, Topeak Backloader 10l, Blackburn framebag 4l Front waterproof bag with tension belt.

Key items of kit: bib, jersey, leg warmers (if needed), thin rain clothing, bivy bag, luma, emergency blankets (if needed), Merino longsleeve shirt, Skins compression pants

Barry McWilliams

Name: Barry McWilliams

Age: 51

Cap number: 65

Location: Berlin, Germany

Bike: 2019 Kona Libre DL, that I got as a Kona Ambassador during my first year in Germany. Bags are a mix of Dom, Gramm, Ortlieb, Outer Shell (not pictured but will be on the bike), Porcelain Rocket, and Salsa. Most of them have been with me on many trips, but the handlebar bag will be making its maiden voyage on TBP. The bike is stock, except for a Brooks saddle, a dyno hub with light, and wide, flared Salsa bars, equipped with Redshift grips. Unfortunately the gearing is stock, so I'll probably be walking a few sections of the route.

Key items of kit: I'm currently planning on bringing a tent, because I don't have a bivy bag, and my sleep setup is a summer-weight quilt plus mattress. Without a tent I'd be sharing my quilt with every insect in Hesse. I'm hoping to leave my rain fly at the campsite. We'll see what the weather forecast says. I finally treated myself to an inflatable pillow for this trip. Navigation is an older Wahoo Bolt, pulling power from the dyno hub, which will also keep my phone charged and give me the option to listen to audiobooks when I'm somewhere off-route, wondering why my GPS signal is drifting.

Maarten Vanhaverbeke

Name: Maarten Vanhaverbeke

Age: 37

Cap number: 64

Location: Nederbrakel, Belgium

Bike: I will be riding my steel Mason InSearchOf equipped with electronic SRAM 1x12 shifting (Force/X01 combo) and mechanical Paul Klamper disc brakes. A Wolf Tooth 34T oval chainring and 10-52 cassette should do the trick. Rolling on 55mm René Herse Fleecer Ridge tires mounted on a SON/DT Swiss wheelset built by SWS Wheels. The dynamo is connected to a KLite light and charger. Handlebars are 46cm Ritchey Beacon with super comfortable Wolf Tooth bar tape. What else? Redshift ShockStop suspension stem, Shimano XT pedals, Specialized Power saddle, Reverse Fillmore valves, Orange Seal sealant, King Cage Iris bottle cages, SwissStop brake pads,... I'm a professional bike mechanic, so gear nerding is definitely part of the deal.

Key items of kit: Bags are a mix of Apidura framebags (that long top tube bag is brilliant), Revelate Designs feedbags (have tried others, these are just the best in my opinion) and a Ortlieb saddlebag (been using the bigger version for years, trying out the smaller one now). No backpack for me. I prefer a tent over a bivy, so I'll be bringing my Nordisk Lofoten tent strapped to the rather unique load bearing Mason ISO front fender. Sleeping in a Cumulus bag on a Therm-a-Rest pad. Been navigating with Garmin devices for years and probably won't be changing that anytime soon. Bringing a Edge 530 and I have Osmand on my phone as extra/backup.

Rob Packham

Name: Rob Packham

Age: 72

Cap number: 11

Location: Isle of Wight, UK

Bike: Mason ISO. Steel frame with Hunt ‘The Search Dynamo’ wheels, DeoreXT Di2. The Shutter fender is designed to take up to 2kg with slots for Voile straps. WTB Ranger 2.4 tyres (might change) with SON dynamo running front light and power converter - keeps Wahoo Roam at 100% all day.

Key items of kit: Bivi bag and sleeping kit on the front (Apidura) and Tailfin rack on the back - super bit of kit for stable easy access storage.
Cane Creek EE Silk seatpost with Redshift stem - all for comfort.
Profile T3 Aerobars are stacked 60mm high which is super comfortable. Aerobars are my one essential kit addition even on undulating parcour - hands, backside and upper body all get a rest even if for a minute of so.
Gore jacket and some waterproof shorts. Ultralight down jacket gives sleeping option over sleeping bag depending on weather forecast.

Ken Kölzer

Name: Ken Kölzer

Age: 35

Cap number: 1

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Bike: Salsa Cutthroat with GRX / XT Di2, 36 x 11/50 gearing with Garbaruk parts, self-built wheelset with Carbon rims and rainbow spokes, Vittoria Terreno 2,25" tires

Key items of kit: SON 28 with Forumslader and DC-converted B+M IQ-X front lamp, permanent B+m rear light, self-made rear-rack solution with children's duffel bag (Vaude Snippy) on top, super practical and accessible, Apidura frame bag screw-mounted, Canyon top tube bag, Fidlock bottles

Olaf Flechtner

Name: Olaf Flechtner

Age: 58

Cap number: 8

Location: Braunschweig, Germany

Bike: Self-built Frame: Cube C:68 SLT Shifting: Sram XX1 Eagle 30/9-52 Seatpost: Cane Creek Thudbuster Tyres: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo, Racing Ray Evo both in 2.10 inch tubeless Hub dynamo: Shutter Precision Electricity: Forumslader Light: Supernova E3 Pure / Airstream Tail Light Helmet light: Lupine Piko Navigation: Garmin 830

Key items of kit: Frame bag: Blackburn Saddle bag: TopPeak Backpack: Camelback M.U.L.E. Pro 14 Sleeping bag: Therm-a-Rest Questar 32F/0C Balsam Bivy: Outdoor Research Interstellar Mat: Exped SynMat Bib Short: Gore C5

Lukas Eger

Name: Lukas Eger

Age: 34

Cap number: 12

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Brother Big Bro steel frame with Lauf Trail Racer fork. Shutter precision dynamo in the front and Hope Pro4 in the rear, Sram GX Eagle 32T with 10-50T cassette, Vittoria 29x2.1 tires, Profile Design T4 aero bars, Ergon GP2 grips, Ergon SMC saddle

Key items of kit: Revelate Terrapin 14L Saddle Bag, Acepac Top Tube Bag and Feed Bags, Apidura Expedition Downtube Pack (on aero bars) Sleeping: Tyvek ground sheet, Thermarest Neo Air, Sea To Summit Spark0, Alpkit Kloke Bivy, Electronics: Garmin Etrex 20, Google Pixel, Anker Powerbank, Cateye Volt 800&400 lights, Luxuries: Sea To Summit UL Pillow, fruit pouches

Thomas Van de Velde

Name: Thomas Van de Velde

Age: 37

Cap number: 21

Location: Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium

Bike: After a couple of years riding a 'real' gravel bike, I felt like I wanted something 'a bit bigger'. So I ended up with a Salsa Cutthroat (stock Apex setup - the cheapest built), a drop-bar 29er. I was lucky to find one in stock in my size, and bought it immediately after a test ride (the pandemic was already upon us, but the worldwide bike/parts shortage hadn't yet started). I bought it with the idea of upgrading it over the years, but I ended up transforming it sooner rather than later. As I'm also a bike mechanic, I really enjoy doing all of this stuff! Quite quickly, I built a new wheelset based on DT Swiss parts (difficult to source parts 1,5 years ago), which really transformed the bike! The gearing also needed a bit of care. I have been running an 11-speed 11-46 cassette (used to have sunrace, now Shimano XT) with a 34T chainring in the front for a while now. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the stock TRP Spyre cable-actuated disc brakes, so replaced them with SRAM Force hydraulic brakes and levers a couple of months ago. The handlebars were swapped for the oh-so popular Ritchey WCS Venturemax (46cm) and the bartape these days is from Cannondale (but it's been lizard skins, wolftooth,...). The headset, seatpost, derailleur (not the jockey wheels!) and cranks are about the only original parts still on the bike. I recently replaced the original Teravail Sparwoods with a fresh pair, the original rear tyre had almost completely transformed into a slick.....

Key items of kit: I use a Salsa full-frame bag, an ortlieb seatpack, and revelate design top-tube bag. That should provide ample storage for this edition of Taunus bikepacking. Navigation: Hammerhead Karoo2, with my trusty eTrex20 as backup Sleeping: Sea to summit pad + pillow, Cumulus quilt, Alpkit hunka bivy bag (modded with a zipper!)

Fabian Köhler

Name: Fabian Köhler

Age: 38

Cap number: 3

Location: Erfurt, Germany

Bike: Fairlight Faran 2.0, Hunt-wheels with SON hub and tufo speedero tires, 1x12 Rival AXS, ALLYGN Frontrack, bumm front and rear light

Key items of kit: Compression Drybag for the sleeping equipment (cumulus xlite 200, exped sleeping mat), selfmade foodpouch, apidura framepack with a Dynalader inside, Leyzne pump strapped on the fork, fidlock bottles

Marc Schnitzius

Name: Marc Schnitzius

Age: 29

Cap number: 36

Location: Mainz, Germany

Bike: Canyon Grand Canyon AL SL 6.9 (2016) in size M with 3x10 Shimano SLX / XT Groupset (front: 40-30-22, back: 11-36); Canyons sideloader bottle cage with 2x 750ml Bottles at the frame (filled with electrolytes); 29" Mavic CrossRide wheelset and Continental Terra Hardpack 2.0 (50mm) tires; Profile Design extensions for more position options

Key items of kit: SIGMA SPORT front light; Cateye backlight; FORCLAZ HL100 head light; Wahoo Element Roam for navigation; TopPeak (frontload, backloader, 2x food-pouch); random toploader for more food and a small knife; Camelbak Classig (2L) Frontloader: Sea to Summit Ultralight S.I. sleep pad; FORCLAZ Trekking MT900; FORCLAZ Biwakbag Trekking MT500 Backloader: FORCLAZE Tarp Trekking MT900; tools; some other small stuff Clothing: Canyon Signature Pro Cargo Bibshort (to carry more HARIBO); classic jersey; Oakley ARO 3 helmet; VanRysel Ultralight rain jacket

Ronni Andersen

Name: Ronni Andersen

Age: 56

Cap number: 37

Location: Jerslev Sjælland, Denmark

Bike: Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty 1. 650x47mm gravel tires. Dropbars with flare/sweep and Aero-bars.

Key items of kit: Bags: Alpkit custom made framebag, Frontbag is just a drybag from Asivik 15L, Seatbag and Gastank are Revelate Designs. I ride in my Specialized jersey and my Pas Normal Studio bibs. Gear Highlights: Yeti sleeping bag 600g, Thermarest neoair pad, Garmin 1000 for navigation, Exposure Diablo on the bike for lights and a Exposure Joystick for backup, Salomon 12L running-vest for hydration and snacks. I plan to go sort of unsupported so I also packed food and energy for four days.

Sylvia Pietruska

Name: Sylvia Pietruska

Age: 43

Cap number: 44

Location: Emmering, Germany

Bike: The Name of the bike is "Fräulein Tu", the bike is a Scrambler from Tout Terrain, meanwhile a bit damaged, so I hope to be able to come with this bike. If not I will probably come with a Cube Nuroad Pro.

Key items of kit: For my luggage i will use the Apidura Bikepacking Seat bag, a Cumulus Magic 100 Sleeping bag, a Bivak and a sea to summit matress. Navigation is old school by Osmand and my mobile. I`m looking forward to the ride.

Thomas Kollrepp

Name: Thomas Kollrepp

Age: 41

Cap number: 52

Location: Pfaffenwiesbach, Germany

Bike: Frame: Salsa Mukluk Fork: Carbon Fork Seatpost: 420mm Aluminium Handlebar: 8Bar Flat Bar Bikepacking (a lot of mounting and grip positions) Saddle: SQ-Lab 611 14" Grips: Ergon GE1 Brakes: Shimano XTR, Ice-Tech brake pads, Magura Storm SL.2 Discs (Front and Rear 180mm) Head Set: Hope Crankset: Sram 32T Rear Derailleur: Sram GX Eagle Cassette: Sram NX Eagle 12 Speed Shifter: Sram NX Eagle Pedals: NC-17 Sudpin 4 S-Pro Flatpedals Wheels: Surly Rolling Darryl Rims, Hope Evo Fatsno Pro2 Hubs and Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26x4.0 Tires

Special parts mounted on the Frame: 2 Decathlon Bottle Mounts, Scott Tool Box, Lezyne Micro Floor Drive, 8 Bar Flat Bar Bikepacking (only for TBP22), Aluminium Seatpost (only for TBP22- normally Rock shocks Reverb 125mm Travel) Custom made Handlebar Bag Stabilisation Kit (Bar Extender and self-bent metal parts which are mounted with simple pipe clamps from Hardware store), RFR Micro Taillight

Key items of kit: I struggled with minimalizing stuff and weight. Now, i think, the current setup is quite fine. I am still optimizing! A rain Kit (jacket, gloves and pants) is not included! I have a few items, i´d like to call luxury stuff. The Bluetooth Speaker is quite heavy but can push the feeling in lonely and maybe desperate moments. Music gives me a push! The Cooker gives me the possibility to get my warm coffee in the morning (I´m only half awake without coffee) and maybe a hot soup in the Evening (I´m always hungry at 11pm).

Front Roll-Birzmann: Front Roll Birzman: 340, Sleeping Bag (Cheap one from Amazon): 730, Emergency blanket: 60, Biwibag (cheap one from Amazon): 380, Air mattress Decathlon MT500 Air S (only 120cm long): 340, Front Roll weight in total: 1850 Gram

Toptube Bag: Toptube Bag Decathlon 1L: 145, Powerbank 10000Ma: 200, 2xPower Bar Gel: 90, Power Bar Electrolyte solution: 55, Lock Abus Mini: 89, Bandana: 35, Reflective straps: 17, chain oil: 20, tyre patches: 10, toptube weight in total: 661 Gram

Frame Bag: Frame Bag Ortlieb Waterproof 4L: 240, Inner Tube: 415, Shift cable: 15, Emergency rain Poncho: 45, 1x Power Bar electrolyte solution: 50, Shimano Ice Tech brake Pads: 32, Mini Esbit Cooker with selfmade wind shield and Esbit Fuel for ten days: 135, 3x Bin Bag: 9, Electronic Bag ( Lupine cable long, Lupine charger, 4 Port USB Quick-charger, a bunch of cables and a Lupine USB-Adaptor): 265, Wind Jacket: 120, Shovel and Cutlery (aluminium, titanium): 70, Tire Lever Crankbrothers: 25, Tissues: 28, Lupine Blika, Battery and Helmet Mount: 359, sharp knife and tiny headlight: 38, Dictation machine: 55, sunscreen: 60, Frame Bag weight in total: 1961 Gram

Saddle Bag: Saddle Bag Ortlieb Waterproof: 240, Towel: 115, Spare Trousers: 105, Merino longsleeve: 155, Socks: 30, Bathroom Kit: 438, Decathlon down jacket: 415, Saddle Bag weight in total: 1498 Gram

Mounted parts on the Bike: 2 Bottleholders and Decathlon Tube Mount: 160, 2 (empty) Bottles: 180, Micro Backpack for shopping: 80, Taillight: 28, Foodpouch: 65, filled Toolbox, Holder and lezyne pump: 650, Wahoo Bolt V2 (incl. Holder): 90, Lupine Bluetooth Remote: 15, Coffee cup: 105, Bose Micro Soundlink: 290, in total: 1663 Gram

Total weight of Bags, Stuff and mounted parts: 7,63 KG ( Maybe i try to get under 7 Kilo) Insta: @mr.t_bike_emotions

Till Kramer

Name: Till Kramer

Age: 41

Cap number: 70

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bike: I will go on the adventure with my trusty Nordest Albarda. Full custom built together with my fav mechanieker Joergen/Parallel Handbuilt from Rotterdam. Drivetrain: GRX 2x11, 46/30 rings and 11-42 cassette. Rollin’ on 650b DT Swiss wheels, with SON dynamo hub. Shine a light with SON Edelux and Supernova combo. Tires: Rene Herse Umtanum Ridge (2.2”) in the front, Panaracer GK (1,9”) in the back (both tubeless). Rodeo Labs Spork 3.0.

Key items of kit: My geeky black box Forumslader USB charger for power supply and self-sufficiency. Gear Highlights: A bunch of DIY/MYOG goodness: X-Pac full framebag (mount on), 2x food pouches, top tube bag as well as DIY sleep system synthetic quilt and bivy bag

Elke Gutermann

Name: Elke Gutermann

Age: 57

Cap number: 57

Location: Nürnberg, Germany

Bike: frame Marin HT Indian Fire Trail 2008 26 inch, 3x9 Shimano XT, Avid Elixier CR brakes 160 cm, handlebar and seatpost Carbon Syntace, headset Chris King, fork Magura Durin Race 100 mm, rims Mavic XM 719 Disc and hubs DT Swiss 240s, tyres 2.2 inch Schwalbe Rocket Ron and Continental Cross King, customized with Ergon grips, Sqlab inner barends and saddle, Shimano XTR pedals

Key items of kit: bags: Revelate Designs: Pronghorn Harness System, frame bag Ranger 7 l, Saddlebag Terrapin 8 l, handlebar bag Egress Pocket, Apidura 1,2 l Foodpouches (one for a water bottle) sleeping system: Tarp: ZPacks Hexamid Pocket Tarp + Carbon pole, foldable, Bivy: Katabatic Gear Bristlecone, foil: Polycro, Quilt: Gram Expert elite Apex67, mat: STS Ether Light XT Air small, helmet: Scott ARX, glasses: Alpina Twist four, clothing: Merino jersey and shirt, functional shirt Craft Superlight seamless, Gonso bib with Sqlab chammy, bike gloves short, arm warmers, buff, rain jacket Gore C7 GTX shakedry, rain pants 3/4 Vaude, waterproof socks Dexshell, wind pants Norröna, wind vest Vaude, down jacket Haglöfs Essence or Berghaus KuFa Vapourlight, shoes Spezialiced Recon1.0, electronics: navigation: running watch Suunto Ambit Peak 3+, komoot App, OsmAand Apps, Nitecore Carbon battery pack 10.000 mAh, power plug and various charging cables, Nitecore NU25 headlamp and simple LED light (as emergency lighting), repairs: spare tube, patch kit, Wolf Tooth Multi-Tool, pump Lezyne, chain riveter, derailleur hanger, spare spokes etc., various: Lightload Towel, 10 l Decathlon backpack (for shopping), reading glasses, milking fat, insect repellent, Dr. Bronner soap, sunscreen, biological wet wipes, cork massage ball, plastic spork, PET bottle PET 750 ml, 2 l Platypus water bladder

Patrick Das

Name: Patrick Das

Age: 56

Cap number: 41

Location: Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Bike: Bombtrack Hook Ext-C Groupset: mullet build with SRAM Rival AXS shifters and Eagle GX derailleur, 34t chainring and 10-50 cassette Wheels: Hunt Adventure Sport 650b Tyres: Pirelli Cinturato M 50mm Saddle: Novus Boost from Selle Italia On the handlebar: KCNC Smartmount to get the frontlight to shine over the handlebar bags (plus room for the Garmin)

Key items of kit: Saddle bag and framebag: Apidura Expedition series Handlebar bag with accessory pouch, top tube bag and food pouch: Restrap Got an extra cargo cage and bag on the way from tailfin to mount my repair kit under the downtube. ( hope it get's here in time) Clothing: Race kit from Futurum with merino shirt and socks, topped of with a nice Taunus race cap ;-) Patagonia hooded Micro Puff jacket Outdoor research Helium rain jacket Some merino baselayer for sleeping Sleeping system: Sea-to-Summit Etherlight XT matress (plus S-t-S Aeros pillow!) Hyberg Loner 350 quilt (might be replaced by the Micro Puff and a pair of socks since weather predictions look pretty good) Still have to decide whether I'll be using my Big Agness Fly Creek tent or some kind of bivy Electronics: Garmin 830 for navigation (with Garmin Fenix as back-up) Frontlight: Fenix BC21R V2 (with second 18650 battery that can be charged directly from powerbank while the other one is in use), Taillight from Lezyne, Anker powerbank