We worked with Siren to build up Kevin’s dream bike.
We met Kevin Hinton a few years ago when he came up to ride the San Jacinto Enduro with us, and later I had the honor of bringing him out on his first bikepacking trip, a 5-day scouting run of the Stagecoach 400 route. We had a great time, and it’s safe to say he’s since been bitten pretty hard by the bikepacking bug, also getting into self-supported racing.
We’ve have had a number of adventures with Kevin in the last few years, and most recently we’ve been honored to help design and ultimately build his dream bikepacking rig.
Frame: Kevin worked with Brian at Siren Bicycles to build up his custom fit, custom geometry John Henry Titanium. With Paragon hooded sliding dropouts, curvy stays, and an enviable finish quality this turned into one of the prettiest frames I’ve laid eyes on. The light weight, resilience, and smooth ride quality all make titanium a good material option for a long hauling bikepack rig.
Drivetrain: SRAM XO-1 throughout. As 1×11 drivetrains have become prolific, they’ve even found their spot in the bikepacking community. Simplicity, with no redundant gearing make this an attractive option. Better yet, the Grip Shift shifting option on the bars makes the choice even better, with easy shifting even from a tucked down position on aero bars.
Running Gear: We decided on a Hope Pro 2 rear hub for it’s supreme durability and ease of maintenance. The 4 pawl system these hubs use is virtually infallible, and their freehub body can be removed without tools. While nobody plans to overhaul their hub trailside, I have used this feature on at least one occasion to remove a stubborn chain stuck between the cassette & spokes. The easier the machine is to master, the better the rider can function.
The front hub is a SP PD-8X generator hub, which powers a USB port at the top of Kevin’s steerer tube. This in turn can power GPS, SPOT, cell phone, or a powerful light system from Kerry at kLite.
We laced these hubs to a pair of Arch 29 hoops with DT Swiss SuperComp spokes. Proven fast, reliable setup.
The bike is built with a MRP Rock Solid fork, which is a great rigid fork for anyone putting in a lot of miles on dirt roads. The Rock Solid shines on washboard. We cut the steerer tube a little long to provide room for a Siren Bicycles Fred Bar, which gives room to mount an aero bar in an ideal position above Kevin’s Jones Loop Bar.
The seatpost is a Salsa Regulator model, made from butted titanium and very smooth.
Rubber on the wheels is Continental X King, ProTection for smooth running and sidewall durability.
Since we built this rig, Kevin has been putting in miles on it and training for some big events in 2015. I don’t know if he’s saying it in the open yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s aiming to race the Divide. 😉