Bikepacking - a viable alternative to racks & panniers

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  • Good deal on a nice and reliable XL bikepacking rig for someone­3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=15924

  • For bikepacking throughout South America (Colombia to Patagonia is the general idea, aiming mostly for dirt roads, but probably also some pavement, maybe later turn back towards Brazil), would you consider a drop bar bike like Kona Sutra or a flat bar (Longitude, Big Bro etc) a better idea? All my bikes for the past 5 years have been CX/gravel, no real experience with other types of handlebars/bikes.

  • Is there a recommended top tube bag? I’ve a Restrap one currently but the internal side netting is now collapsed and there is too much interference with the stem fixing bolts.

  • I'd say whichever you find comfiest, but you'll make either work. I'd guess you'd inevitably end up doing quite a few stretches on pavement..

    I did patagonia on drops and was fine, but i didn't put loads of thought into my setup, and i was predominantly on (bad) roads.

    Sounds like an epic trip, enjoy.

  • super flared drops if 'road' geo.
    But set them up high, so hoods only a little lower than saddle.

    personally i am a big fan of hardtail now off road

  • I plan it in more than a year, so still a lot of time to consider my options.
    What wheels did you run (size, tyre width, touring/MTB tyre?)

  • I've never done anything epic like that and my info may be out of date, but I believe 559 would be the most common size available down there in terms of off-roadableness.

  • cyclocross - 35mm. As i say, i was mainly on roads. It was a mistake - go bigger!

  • That for sure, I am mostly wondering whether to go for a gravel bike with capacity of say 2.0 with mudguards / 2.1-2.2 without, or rigid MTB with 2.2 mudguards / 2.4 no mudguards clearances, and if it's better to go as wide as possible (leaving some tolerance for mud) or a bit narrower but with fenders.

  • Sounds amazing. Ryan Wilson had multiple articles on the Radavist with his South America trips. Mostly off road. Looks amazing. He was on a full rigid Mtb.

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Bikepacking - a viable alternative to racks & panniers

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