Personal setups, Ultralight / Singletrack » Scott’s GET setup – fall 08


Bike: Lenzsport Leviathan, full suspension 29er

On bike:

  • Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pad (strapped to handlebars)
  • Garmin etrex VistaCX GPS
  • One bottle

Epic Ride Research Feed Bag, containing:

  • FOOD!
  • 2oz bottle of Stans fluid

Epic Designs seat bag, containing:

  • Phantom 32 sleeping bag
  • Marmot precip rain jacket
  • Mountain Hardware rain pants

Custom made frame bag, containing:

  • Pump, multitool, spare tube, chain tool, topeak mini-shock pump

Osprey Talon 22 pack, containing:

  • Adventure Medical Kits ThermoLite Bivvy sack, v2.0
  • MSR dromlite 200 oz bladder
  • Pearl Izumi arm/leg warmers
  • boxer shorts (for sleeping)
  • random first aid and repair items (zip ties, chain link, tape, etc)
  • camera
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, sunscreen, )
  • Food! (~2 days at a time)
  • Chain lube and rag
  • GET mapset (~14 maps)
  • Katadyn Hiker water filter
  • spare batteries (2xAA, 4xAAA)
  • spare tube (26×1.5)
  • short sleeve tech shirt
  • Creative Muvo MP3 player (not for riding, for long fall nights…)

On person:

  • long sleeve technical shirt
  • bike shorts
  • wool socks
  • Pearl Izumi X-alp shoes

This was for a 4-5 day trip with several opportunities for resupply, so no stove. Sub freezing temperatures were expected at night (mid-fall in New Mexico). Only a slight chance of rain, so no tarp, just the bivy bag.

I’ve found that for steep descending or technical riding in general, I prefer nothing hanging from my handlebars. I left the feed bag on as it seems to make no difference. But when things got interesting and/or fun I pulled the sleeping pad from the bars and was pleasantly surprised how much handling improved, to the point where I nearly felt unloaded at times.

Comments (6)

SlimNovember 5th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Where did you put the pad when you took it off?
You list a 29er bike with MTB tires(1.95 or bigger I bet) yet a 26 x 1.5 innertube, is that a typo?

ScottMNovember 5th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

The pad was easy to sneak into my pack when it wasn’t on the bars. Still nice to have the option of putting it on the bars for road / non-technical sections.

Yep, 29 x 2.1 tires, set up with Stans (tubeless), but 26×1.5 spare tubes work (stretch) just fine. I often carry a 29er tube and will put that in first, then a 26″ tube as the second spare. Still works and a tad lighter.

Adam LedererApril 2nd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Scott, thanks for all your helpful tips and info. I”m planning to ride the 09 arizona challenge and have some questions , alot of questions. wondering if yu can e-mail me back. much appreciated.Adam from colorado.

ScottMApril 2nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

09 arizona challenge? You mean the Arizona Trail 300?

Shoot me an email:

Adam LedererApril 4th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Hey scott, on your gear list above what was the weight of your pac loaded? I’ve been mess’n around with weight distribution, trying to find the sweet balance. thnx.

ScottMApril 4th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Not sure – I never weighed the whole pack. At least 10 pounds, maybe more with water? Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

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