Bikes of Victoria Divide
February 19th 2021
Location: Otways, Victoria
Your bike: Flanders Bossberg 29er, DUKE Lucky Jack Ultra wheels, Acros Hubs, Maxis Icon 2.2's and groupset is SRAM Eagle XX1.
Your key items of kit: Apidura Race bags, Gloworm XS Light, Exposure Diablo Light, Garmin eTrex 32x and Edge 1080 Plus. Rapha cargo bib shorts.
Your bike: a Bearclaw Beaux Jaxon, wheels are Curve Dirt Hoops, Son28 and White Industries XMR+ with 29x2.2 Ikon's. Rival 1x11, 10-42 and a 32T oval. Full kLite electrics plus an Exposure Joystick on the lid for the (many) times I'll be going too slow for the dynamo.
Your key items of kit: Bags are Revelate Shrew and feed bags, Apidura in the middle and an S2S drybag on the fork. Navigation by Etrex 30x and Edge 530, sleep kit is a home-made UL bivy, OMM half-bag and cut foam mat.
Location: Canberra (on loan from New Zealand)
Your bike: Reilly Gradient, built from bits and bobs with a 27.5” wheelset for this ride running Race King 2.0 on the front and Racing Ralph 2.1 on rear (can’t find 20.0 Race Kings anymore). Groupset includes and Ultegra Crankset (46/36), Ultegra Di2 brifters and aero bar shifter, XT front, XTR rear with 10-42t cluster. I’m switching pedals to flats as an experiment.
Your key items of kit: Seat post bag is Revelate for OR Bivvy, Enlightened Equipment quilt and Exped mat. Revelate frame bag for spares and water bladder. Custom Stealth handlebar bag for spare boxers and socks, Ground Effect rain gear, running shorts and shirt for off the bike. On the bike wearing Nzo shorts, Mons boxers and socks, Ground Effect shirt. I’m not taking much else as I’m riding an extra 350km+ to get home and have a 5 day time limit for the 900km+.
Bradley Camgoz Posselt (racing as Clifton Hillbilly)
Your bike: I'm riding my beloved magical unicorn aka Curve GXR with Curve Grav Al. 650b wheels. Tyres are 2.25" Vittoria Mezcals with a SRAM Force AXS/Eagle mullet groupset. 50cm Walmer bars provide lots of leverage and stability combined with a Redshift Shockstop stem to take the edge off the rough stuff. Super-secure Silca titanium bottle cages keep my fork-mounted bidons on the bike.
Your key items of kit: Bags are a combo of Restrap, Blackburn and Topeak. Sleep system is a Tarptent Protrail with Macpac sleeping bag and inflatable matress. A Ravpower 26800mAh powerbank ensures lights and navigation won't be an issue.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Your bike: Curve GMX2, Single Speed 30:21 (Gears shown in image) Carbon Dirt Hoops, 3 inch tyres and Walmer bars.
Your key items of kit: Homemade bivvy and Revelate bags.