Bikes of Tour Te Waipounamu 2022

Bikes of Tour Te Waipounamu 2022

13 January, 2022

Emma Bateup

Name: Emma Bateup

Age: 22

Location: Nelson

Bike: Juliana Wilder cc carbon frame with all the flash bits, Fox Factory 34 Stepcast 120mm fork & Fox Factory DPS shock (115mm travel), fast rolling Reserve 28 XC 29er wheelset, Sram X01 AXS drive train, Reverb 150mm dropper post for big sends, OneUp Aluminum flat pedals cos #flatpedalswinmedals,The Mudhugger mudguard to keep my face clean.

Key items of kit: All clothing from the legends at Ground Effect, custom framebag & Zefal top tube bag for all the snacks, Lezyne bar bag for bivvy bag & Marmot Hydrogen sleeping bag, OneUp EDC tool in steerer tube, BBB Rollpack seatbag for other tools/spares, Camelbak Octane 9 vest for more snacks & clothes etc (mostly to rest my bike on during HAB cos I get sore arms), Ledlenser H7R Core headlamp on helmet paired with small bar light.

Eileen Schwab

Name: Eileen Schwab

Location: Wellington, NZ

Bike: Stanton Sherpa Ti 29er, Sid 120mm fork, 1x12 XT, 30t chainring, Wheelworks wheels, Vittoria Mezcal/Barzo 2.35 tyres, Ergon grips and SQlab inner bar ends, Brooks pro saddle.

Key items of kit: Bags – Wayward Riders Louise harness + Ortlieb 7L dry bag, Wayward Riders front harness prototype + Ortlieb dry bag, Porcelain Rocket frame bag and Relevate mag tank, Montane trailblazer backpack. Deluxe sleep system for the long, restful nights – Half a Tarptent Stratospire Li tent (split with teammate), Therm-a-Rest and quilt.

Andy Hovey

Name: Andy Hovey

Age: 38

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Bike: Cotic SolarisMax 29er, 120mm SID fork, 1x12 Shimano XT, 30t chainring drivetrain, Wheelworks wheels, SQlab handlebar, a very worn Brooks Cambium seat, Vittoria Mezcals 2.35.

Key items of kit: Bags – Wayward Riders Louise harness + Ortlieb 7L dry bag, Wayward Riders front harness prototype + Ortlieb 12L dry bag, Porcelain Rocket frame bag and Relevate mag tank 2000 from which to shovel food into my face. An excessive slumber setup with a fat Therm-a-Rest, quilt, and Tarptent Stratospire Li tent (split with teammate).

Matt Quirk

Name: Matt Quirk

Age: 50

Location: Wanaka, New Zealand

Bike: Bombtrack #something, Fox rear shock, RockShox SID Fork, Shimano XT, RaceFace crank, Wolftooth 30t oven ring, Thomson bar/stem/post. Cushy ESI grips and Cane Creek bar ends.

Key items of kit: Small Apidura seat, bar and top tube bags, custom Southern Lite Packs framebag, One-season STS bag. Nemo mat and Rab bag cover. No stove. SON/Sinewave charging/light. Running vest for extra food storage/hiking.

Benjamin Carrell

Name: Benjamin Carrell

Age: 59

Location: Christchurch

Bike: Trek Supercaliber 9.8, 1x12, 30t front with 51-10t rear cassette and Shimano XT groupset, Son dynamo hub + Klite lighting to show me the way.

Key items of kit: Revelate seat post, Mag Tank bar bags, front Sweet Roll + Stealth frame and feeder bags. Outdoor Research Bivy, Sea to Summit mattress + Spark sleeping bag. Tiny stove to warm the soul.

Pete Maindonald

Name: Pete Maindonald

Age: 57

Cap number: PM

Location: Rotorua NZ

Bike: 2015 Salsa El Mariachi Ti 29er HT. 2x10 Shimano XT, Rockshok SID up front. Easton Haven wheelset, Mezcal TNT 2.2 tyres.

Key items of kit: Revelate bags. SOL Escape bivy, Klymit X Frame air mat, comet bag Light system...Fenix BC21R on bar and Lezyne Macro 600 on helmet. Nav... Garmin Map62

Grant Guise

Name: Grant Guise

Age: 41

Location: Christchurch

Bike: Bombtrack CALE, 130mm dvo fork, SON hub and Klite and mostly XT groupset. Mix of bags.

Key items of kit: Ultraspire ZYGOS 5.0 vest to carry food and/or off loading weight from bike for HAB sections. Bivy bag teamed up with a puffer jacket and Terra Rosa half bag.

Bryan Prestidge

Name: Bryan Prestidge

Age: 62

Cap number: BFP

Location: Timaru

Bike: 2018 Trek Procaliber 9.8SL. 1x11, 28 tooth chainring, 10-46 cluster

Key items of kit: Bags are a mix of home made (Dyneema), Apidura 14L seat bag and Robo Kiwi top tube and feed bags. Sleeping gear - Thermarest Uber light mat, Cumulus Xlite bag, Zpacks Plexamid Tent. Small front roll holds tools, water filter etc and a home made back pack for carrying the bike bags on the hike-a-bike sections. Fork bags have the tent/raingear in one and food in the other. Seatbag has sleeping bag and clothes etc. Jetboil carried in the frame mount bag

Rob Brown

Name: Rob Brown

Age: 49

Location: Christchurch

Bike: J Guillem Tomir Ti Hardtail

Key items of kit: Shimano XTR 1 x 12 10x50, SQ Lab bars grips etc. Revelate & Broadfork Bags. Son Hub with Klite Ultra V2 & FenixUC35 head torch. Simple carry system for HAB sections, sleeping bag & Bivvy. No cooking setup.

Rob Dawson

Name: Rob Dawson

Age: 62

Location: Takaka, Golden Bay

Bike: Curve GXR. Fully Rigid.

Key items of kit: Keeping it simple. 1x11 (32t) 10-42 cassette. Shimano XT Trekking pedals. Shimano ME5 SPD Shoes. SRAM Eagle 165mm cranks. Curve Dirt Hoops. Vittoria Barzo 27.5 x 2.25 Tyres. SP Dynamo. Sinewave Dynamo front light.Ritchey Butano Handlebar. Redshift Shockstop Stem. 3 BAGS FULL. Apidura 7L Racing saddle pack. Apidura 7.5L Expedition Full Frame Bag. Modified Revelate Egress front bag. MSR Cooker. Java Drip Coffee filter. Fresh Ground Home Roasted RiDe Coffee. Bivvie or tent, depends on forecast...

Steve Halligan

Name: Steve Halligan

Age: 45

Location: Hanmer Springs, NZ

Bike: Binary Bicycles Titanium HAVOK. 1X11, 38T Front chainring, 11- 46t Cassette. SON Dynamo Hub, K-lite Bikepacker Pro front Light.Vittoria Mezcals 2.25 Tyres on Enve M6 Rims Rock Shox SID Ultimate 100mm forks.

Key items of kit: Full Apidura bag system, Sea to Summit sleeping bag, Zpacks Heximid solo tent. Enlightened Equipment Synthetic down jacket. Sportful and Tineli clothing. Exposure Joystick light, Sunsaver 10mAh powerbank, K-lite USB Charger & Bar Switch.

Bryce Lorcet

Name: Bryce Lorcet

Age: 48

Location: Kapiti Coast

Bike: Salsa Timberjack Ti, Shimano XT with 30t chainring, SID 120mm fork, SP Dynamo hub, Ergon grips with some bodged inner bar ends, plus the super favourite 2015 vintage Fabric Aircell saddle.

Key items of kit: Revelate Designs bags, SOL Escape Bivy, Sinewave Beacon light/charger plus an Exposure Joystick on the helmet, Garmin Edge plus Gaia on the phone for navigation. Backpack and cooker for the hike a bike.

Karl Arndt

Name: Karl Arndt

Age: 41

Location: Auckland

Bike: Trek Stache 7, 1x12 SRAM (50-11) and 30T up front. Fully rigid with a red shift stem, 2.6" front tyre and carbon jones bars to give me a bit of compliance up front to partially make up for my foolish decision to eschew proper suspension. 2.35" rear tyre. Maxxis Ikons for both tyres. Son dynamo hub in front running to K-lite front lite. Hope Pro4 hub on the rear.Light bikes carbon rims front and rear. Ergon saddle.

Key items of kit: Mostly revelate bags but sea to summit front dry bag and blackburn top tube bag. OR Helium bivvy, Sea to summit sleeping bag. Shortened foam mattress to keep me warm but also to go on the top of my day pack that the bike rests on for the bike carry sections. Camel bak 18 litre day bag for the bike carry sections and when I have a large load of food/water on board. Garmin eTrex 20x for nav and Gaia GPX on my phone as back up (oh, and the cue cards, of course!). Mix of warm and wet weather clothes to stay safe in the remote alpine areas. A lot of spares and first aid kit. Jet boil cooker for dehy in the downtube bag (not shown in pic but I'll be picking it up at Boyle resupply). Exposure Joystick for back-up helmet-mounted main lighting.

Jamie Campbell

Name: Jamie Campbell

Age: 60

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand

Bike: Jefferson (Custom / Steel). Rotorua Bike Builder. 1 x12 Shimano drive chain. Dynamo Hub and lights.

Key items of kit: Revelate Designs Bags, Tent / Bivvy (undecided - depends on weather forecast) + Ultimate Direction 32 litre pack, small cooker.

Emma McCosh

Name: Emma McCosh

Age: 43

Cap number: 15

Location: Taupo

Bike: Niner Air RDO

Key items of kit: Ayup lights. Oveja Negra Front End loader. Rear Ortlieb seat post bag. Macpac Escapade sleeping bag. Therm-a-Rest Neo Air matress.

Debbie Chambers

Name: Debbie Chambers

Age: 54

Location: Taupo


Key items of kit: Jackwolfskin exolite tent, revelate egress, revelate gas tank, jetboil, macpac Amp 25 litre backpack.

Brian Alder

Name: Brian Alder

Age: 57

Cap number: BA

Location: Takaka, Golden Bay

Bike: Almost the same setup at TTW#1. Santa Crux Chameleon carbon, Pike fork at 130mm, 29 Reserve wheels with Mezcal 2.35 tyres, 30T x 10-51 Shimano SLX-XT drivetrain, well-worn Specialized Power saddle. New cockpit with SQLabs 12º bar, Ergon grips and inner bars, no dropper post this time.

Key items of kit: Again pretty much the same setup and items as TTW#1. Apidura Backcountry bags, with packable Apidura bag for the hike-a-bikes. Bivvy, sleeping bag, puffer jacket as sleep kit with the addition of a thin foamy. New Nitecore HC35 & Fenix UC35 lights. Full waterproofs, 2 bottles, Garmin eTrex 30, needle and thread for sidewall tears....

Ian Davidson (Mojo)

Name: Ian Davidson (Mojo)

Age: 41

Location: Waikanae, Wellington

Bike: Yoeleo frame with 2x10 Shimano XT setup. This has been a trusty setup for 8 years now. Stans Valour hoops with a Dynamo setup courtesy of my mate and guru Bryce from Cyclewerks. Rockshox SID WC fork with 100mm travel. Vittoria Mezcal’s to roll on. Fabric Aircell saddle, because I like my backend… lol.

Key items of kit: Revelate Frame bag, Gas Tank, Egress pocket and Terrapin. SOL Escape Bivvy and Hammock Gear quilt. Face mask… Dynamo light and backup Gloworm on my head. Some concrete pills for the hike a bike sections.

Richard Lindsay

Name: Richard Lindsay

Age: 52

Location: Rangiora, New Zealand

Bike: Giant XTC Adv 1 (2017).

Key items of kit: Macpac Sololight tent. Mainly Revelate bags taken from other rigs. Cooker. Garmin eTrex 30x.

Brian Anderson

Name: Brian Anderson

Bike: Brand-X HT-01 frame, with Fox 32 SC 100mm forks. Mostly Shimano XT gear and a 10 speed drivetrain, with 11-46 cassette. 36T chainring on the front, with a hidden 28T chainring in case it gets too steep. Ergon bar ends + inner bar ends for lots of hand positions. Ikon 27.5 x 2.2 tyres.

Key items of kit: The best bits are homemade, bike bags, top-half sleeping bag, fluffy jacket.

Bruce Hughes

Name: Bruce Hughes

Age: 32

Cap number: Moose

Location: Wellington

Bike: Scott Spark RC Team: 130mm travel front and rear and 2.4 Maxxis Recon Race (for the comfort); XT 1x12: 34-10/51 (for the speed); K-Lite Ultra Mtb Light paired with an SP dynamo hub; trusty Garmin Etrex20. Everything else is pretty much bog-standard.

Key items of kit: Revelate Terrapin 8l; Sol Escape Bivvy, Kathmandu merino liner; Macpac Amp ultra-running vest (for the HAB).

Sam Snowden

Name: Sam Snowden

Age: 30

Location: Wellington

Bike: Bombtrack Cale AL Marzocchi Bomber Z2, Shimano XT/SLX mashup, WeAreOne Wheels with Maxxis Ikons. Ergon Saddle and Grips. Profile Designs aerobars for the flat and OneUp dropper for the gnar.

Key items of kit: Mix of Revelate Designs and Stealth bike bags. Either an Outdoor Research Helium Bivvy or a Six Moon Designs tent, weather forecast dependent. Fenix Headtorch to light the way and MSR Pocketrocket Stove for the coffee. Team #nobackpack

Phil Estall

Name: Phil Estall

Age: 60

Location: Drury

Bike: Orbea Alma, Reba fork, Sram GX Eagle and a Fox Transfer dropper post. Wheels are Hope front and DT Swiss back. Selle Italia seat. Jones bars.

Key items of kit: Robo Kiwi frame and seat bag, front roll from Ali express. Osprey talon backpack for the HAB. Diamondback sprinter headlamp and a Etrex 22x GPS. Phone with Topo app as backup navigation. Zpacs tent and taking a cooker. One Planet Nitrous sleeping bag and a Sea to summit small air mattress. Ground effect, Endura and Castelli kit.

Mark Watson

Name: Mark Watson

Age: 50

Location: Lyttelton, New Zealand

Bike: Otso Voytek 27.5+ with 2.6 Maxxis Ardent Race on Hope & DT Swiss alloy wheels.

Fox 34 Step Cast fork (120mm). Sram XO & GX drivetrain with 10-50 cassette and 28t Wolf Tooth CAMO chainring. Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes (2 & 4 piston). Watson Revelation Ti handlebar with 32 degree sweep and a couple of ancient Onza bar ends mounted as mini-aeros. Ergon GS1 grips. Selle Anatomica X2 saddle atop a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost with quick release for the steep and technical downhills. Essentially the same set up I had in 2021 except I have switched to 170mm cranks to alleviate Achilles tendon problems.

Key items of kit: Revelate Designs bags throughout: Pronghorn front harness, 2 Mountain Feed Bags, Magtank 2000, framebag and 8L Terrapin. Extra water, food and essentials inside an Osprey Talon 9L backpack, which also supports the bike on the long carries. Lighting with Fenix UC35 v2 torch (on handlebar) and a Led Lenser MH10 headtorch (mounted on helmet). Sleeping: OR Helium bivvy bag with Big Agnes Fussell UL quilt and a cheap cut down Z-rest style mat.

Cati Pearson

Name: Cati Pearson

Age: 31

Location: Rotorua

Bike: 2021 Devinci Kobain kept running smooth and fitted with a replacement rim by Planet Bike. Running a 130mm Rockshox 35 coil fork, Vitoria Mezcal 2.35 tyres, Shimano Deore gearing, Neutron Componentry integrated tool, Shimano clips because #clippedalswinmedals, Bark & Ride sports mudguard and "Beast on a bike" sticker from the nephew.

Key items of kit: All clothing from the legends at Ground Effect, Cranston mix of bags from friends, AliExpress and Kmart, Macpac cocoon bivvy bag & Aegismax sleeping bag. Camelbak backpack for water and first aid, Ledlenser MH10 headlamp on helmet paired with small bar light.

Hana Black

Name: Hana Black

Age: 50

Cap number: HB

Location: Lyttelton, New Zealand

Bike: Otso Voytek 27.5+ with 2.6 Maxxis Ardent Race on Hope & DT Swiss alloy wheels. Fox 34 Step Cast fork (120mm). Sram GX drivetrain with 10-50 cassette and 28t Wolf Tooth CAMO chainring. Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes (2 & 4 piston). Watson Revelation Ti handlebar with 32 degree sweep and mini-aeros. Selle Anatomica X2 saddle and Fox Transfer seat dropper.

Key items of kit: Revelate Designs bags: Pronghorn front harness, Mountain Feed Bags, Magtank 2000, Otso custom framebag and seat dropper compatible Vole (7L). Extra water, food and essentials inside an Osprey Tempest 18L backpack, to off-load the bike on the HAB and long carries. Lighting with Fenix UC35 v2 torch (handlebar) and a Led Lenser MH10 headtorch (helmet). Sleeping: OR Helium bivvy bag with customised quilt and a barely adequate piece of Z-rest style mat (who has time to sleep anyway?)

Nina Stupples

Name: Nina Stupples

Age: 55

Location: Westport, NZ

Bike: Specialized Epic 29er aka "Erica"

Key items of kit: Memory foam butt-saving seat cover, fly and bivy, REI inflatable mat, sadly no room for a stove. Revelate bags and an Apidura mini frame bag. 30 litre backpack waiting for me at Boyle river for the hike-a-bike. Flat pedals and Salewa Firetail tramping shoes.

Mike Martin

Name: Mike Martin

Age: 37

Location: Hamilton

Bike: GT Pantera with Hope Fortus wheels and 120mm travel on the front. Maxxis Icons 2.25". Shimano XT 11-speed drivetrain running oval 32T x 46/11. Jones loop bar. Spank spoon pedals

Key items of kit: Ground effect bibs and a Rapha top (cheers to my mate Shaun). Adidas/Fiveten trailcross shoes. Bags are Blackburn seat, frame and 2x feedbags, apidura racing top tube and revelate front roll strapped direct to the Jones bars. Garmin Edge for navigation with phone for back up. Gloworm lights. Kathmandu sleeping bag and mat with Outdoor Research bivvy. Merino thermals, jumper and a Macpac puffer for when it gets cold. Kathmandu rain gear top and bottom.

Andie Lowry

Name: Andie Lowry

Age: 38

Location: Kingston

Bike: Kona HEI HEI DL

Key items of kit: Bum bag

Scott Ardern

Name: Scott Ardern

Age: 52

Cap number: SA

Location: Nelson

Bike: Specialized Epic HT

Key items of kit: Revelate bags, SON Dynamo and K-Lite lights Fenix helmet backup light, Sea To Summit Alto Tent, Big Agnes sleeping bag, Jones Carbon bars, Maxxis Ikon 29 x 2.35 tyres.

Georgie Rutherford

Name: Georgie Rutherford

Age: 38

Location: Wanaka

Bike: 2018 Scott Genius 700 tuned, 12 speed shimano XT with eagle cassette/chain, carbon cranks, stem and bars, DT Swiss wheels with Vittoria Barzo tyres 27.5 x 2.6

Key items of kit: Apidura front handle bar roll and seat pack, a few random homemade bags and one BBD bottle holder bag, a grenade pouch for carrying tools and a small ridge line waist bag for PLB/ spot tracker and other odd shaped things, Gemini duo 2200 lights, Brooks seat, two water bottles and a small camelback for hike a bikes or long sections where water is uncertain, 20,000mAh battery.