Dirt Roads / MTB Touring, Gear reviews, Personal setups » Joe Pavlik’s GDMR Bicycle Setup


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The bike:

Soulcraft Bicycles custom steel Holy Roller

Rohloff rear wheel w/ Velocity Blunt 35 and Specialized Fast Trak

SON 28 w/ Blunt 35 and Specialized Butcher (replacing with another fast trak for the tour)

Shimano XT Cranks w/ Raceface narrow wide chainring and Speedplay Frog pedals

Rockshox Reba fork, tapered and thru axel

Jeff Jones loop Hbar w/ Specialized Bar Phat

Thomson seatpost w/ Apecialized Oura saddle (replacing  for tour with the Selle Italia Superflow I use on my road bicycle)

Specialized Rime shoes


Thanks for reading. Please check out my blog and training progress while I work towards my goal of doing the GDMBR.



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Category Item Notes
Clothing Rain Jacket Specialized Aqua Veto
PackingBackpack Camelbak
Rain Pants Random Thrift Store Find
Rain Booties Endura MTB
Med Wt Gloves Sugoi
Rain Mitts Ibex
Insulating Shirt Smartwool
Arm Warmers IBex
Leg Warmers Ibex
Seat Bag Revelate Designs
Gas Tank Revelate Designs
Tool Wedge Revelate Designs
Bar Sling
Bar Bag
Bar Bag
Cook Gear Pot w/Lid Optimus
Spork Vargo
Stove Pocket Rocket
Shelter Tent Sierra Designs Flash 2
Sleeping Bag Marmot Hydrogen 30 Degree
Pad Thermarest NeoAir
Ground Sheet Flash 2 Footprint
Socks Smartwool
Gloves Smartwool
Pants Smartwool
Hat Ibex
Lights Bar Supernova airstream 2
Helmet Nite Rider
Tire Pump Leyzyne
Tube 2 Spare specialized 29er tubes
Tire Patch Kit
Brake Block Shimano
Spokes/Zip Ties
Tire Sealant Stans
Chain Lube White Lightning
Tire Levers Pedros
Chain Pins Sram
Valve Stem Adaptor Brass
Multitool – Bike Crank Bros
Multitool – Hike Leatherman skeletool
Tire Boot Park
Misc Phone
GPS Garmin edge 800
Filter Camelbak All Clear bottle
Bladder 4 Liter camelbak
Waterbottle Bike – 1 750ml bottle
Spot w/batteries
Matress Repair Thermarest kit
First Aid Kit
Baby Wipes

Comments (2)

stever1210October 6th, 2014 at 9:41 am


Wanted to know are you running tubeless for great divide ride and quick ones?

I am planning on riding the divide next July and I am new to bike packing

I feel the ultra light gear is awesome and plan to roll with Revelate.

Do you prefer Johns bar vs say salsa’s woodchipper


Steve Reynolds

Robin SchwartzMay 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Very Very excited for you Joe!

I think you are going to have a blast. Your set up looks very well thought out, thanks for sharing. I think the tent was a good call compared to the hammock. I would maybe ditch the leather man and bike lock (personally) but that’s about it.

From your friend in AZ, I will be routing for you! Wish I could be headed up there with ya

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