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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

Ultralight Bikepacking Kit for Armenia + Six New Favorites

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Year over year, trip after trip, I strive to hone my kit and make it smaller, lighter, and more efficient. After all, there’s nothing better than riding a mountain bike that feels the way a mountain bike should—nimble, playful, and fun. On our recent excursion through Armenia, boasting almost 70,000 feet of climbing in less than 400 miles, weight and efficiency were paramount, to say the least. Not to mention, Armenia is chock full of steep and rugged terrain. Daily hike-a-bikes give way to rutted and chunky descents.

 

Being my first major trip back on the bike following surgery and ten months of therapy and recovery, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision to tackle this place. Another reason for a smart and ultralight kit. To this end, I believe I had the most dialed bikepacking setup I’ve used to date. Here is the full packlist plus how it was organized by location on the bike, followed by six new pieces of gear that I very well may never leave home without.

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enduro-mtb.com

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1 year ago

Canyon Spectral CF 8.0 review

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Canyon have done a fantastic job, not only giving the new Spectral a radically different look but essentially a whole new build. Let’s be honest: after more than four years on the shelves, it was about time! The shock has now been positioned horizontally instead of vertically, and at the same time, the kinematics have been significantly revised. Canyon proclaim that the new Spectral should respond more sensitively and be more stable in its travel, and you can really feel they’ve achieved this objective. Amongst the bikes of this group test, the Canyon is the only carbon-framed bike, which is bursting with smart details, such as the cable routing on the down tube, the Impact Protection Unit and the quick-release axle with a lever that is neatly tucked away when not in use. As expected, the spec on the Canyon Spectral CF 8.0 is top-notch. Canyon plumped for RockShox suspension with a 150 mm travel PIKE RC fork that is brilliant. The DT Swiss M1700 wheels are reliable, and the RockShox Reverb with the new lever is better than ever. The German brand opted for affordable SRAM Guide R brakes, which don’t have the Swing-Link technology in the lever but are easy to operate nonetheless. With a 200 mm rotor on the front, they are also sufficiently reliable on long descents.