Personal setups » My Surly KM Bikepacking Setup


This is my purpose built bikepacking rig. I built the bike on a tight budget (mostly with spare parts from other builds). Started off with a 12′ Surly KM 20″ frame. Set it up for a simple shimano xt/slx 1×9 drive train driving WTB speedisc/deore hub wheels wrapped in WTB 2.1 nanoraptor tires.

Kit List

  • CDW Large Handlebar Bag
  • CDW 8″ fuel cell
  • CDW Medium Escape Pod
  • RDW Mountain Frame Tangle Bag
  • RDW Small Pocket
  • RDW Bent Jerrycan
  • MH 32 degree synthetic sleeping bag
  • Thermarest prolite plus full length air sleep pad
  • BA Lynx pass one person tent w/footprint and rain fly
  • GOPro HD Hero 2 with mounts and batteries
  • MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
  • Snow Peak 600 titanium mug
  • Snow peak spork
  • Garmin Edge 800
  • Homemade map case (binder pocket)

Bare KM

Bags are CDW medium seatpost bag, toptube pack, and large handlebar bag. The frame pack is a RDW tangle mtb specific and a RDW small pocket on top of the CDW handlebar bag. I’m also waiting on a RDW bent jerrycan pack for for use as a tool bag (using a rocket bottle storage container in the mean time).

RDW tangle bag (rocket bottle not pictured)

Full load with aero bars. Approx 55lbs including food and water for three days


Comments (8)

Rodney Le LievreMay 12th, 2012 at 4:45 am

Why not a rear rack and panniers?

novariderMay 12th, 2012 at 5:23 am

This is a lighter more compact setup with less to go wrong or break than racks and panniers

Joshua GoodlettMay 15th, 2012 at 9:55 am

Looks like a nice, tight setup. Are you keeping your sleep system/shelter in the handlebar bag?

novariderMay 15th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Its split between the front and rear for balance. Sleeping bag, tent, and footprint in the rear; air mattress, tent poles, and rainfly in the front

ChuntMay 16th, 2012 at 7:04 am

Nice setup. Looks like you (like I did) found the Tangle bag when loaded interfered with a downtube water bottle. Looks like you traded for a Rocket Box.

novariderMay 16th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Yup. I even had to find a smaller water bottle for the seat tube. The rocket pod holds all the repair stuff and is actually very convenient. Just pull it out and pop it open and I have everything I need without having to rummage around the bottom of a bag. A full frame bag might come later on but this works for now. I also constructed a pair of water bottle cage mounts on the forks out of old reflector brackets. Works better than the two-fish design and it was free!

MonkeypikeMay 20th, 2012 at 1:22 am

What is your handlebar setup? There seems to be aerobars on straight bars. Do share!

novrariderMay 23rd, 2012 at 6:38 pm

They are actually riser bars from an old GT mtb. I cut a little off each end to shorten to shoulder width.

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