Elliot's bicycle has already been put through its paces, cycling from Turkey to Malaysia set up as a classic expedition touring bicycle, with four panniers and a rack bag. Because of the frame design it was possible to change the 26 inch wheelset to a 650b mountain bike wheel and tire set up to give more cushion and grip on the gravel. The panniers have been replaced with a frame bag, rucksack and front roll bag. The set up is more limited in terms of space but with less stuff comes a big weight advantage.

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THE BIKE

Manufacturer: Stanforth Bikes

Model: Kibo 

Frame & Forks: Lugged frame hand built in England. Reynolds 631 main frame, Reynolds 525 stays. Reynolds 631 fork ( 

Headset: Tange Seik LEVIN CDS

Shifters: Microshift SL-A09 

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Rear RD-M771 SGS

Front derailleur: Shimano Deore 

Chainset: Shimano XT HG93 9 Speed Chain

Cassette: Shimano Alivio HG400 9 Speed MTB 11-34 

Brakes: Tektro CR720 cantilever

Levers: Shimano BL-R550

Rims: Ryde Andra 40 MSW 584mm 

Spokes: Hoshi spoke 14g stainless steel straight gauge 

Hubs: Shimano Deore XT hub Front and Rear 

Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 Front / Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.3 Rear 

Stem: Nitto FU-82 

Saddle: Brooks Flyer Brown (we recommend black, brown wears quicker)

Grips: Black Ergonomic Grips

Pedals: Wellgo CNC KB002

Rack: Nitto rivendell big back rack 33R

 

LUGGAGE

Custom Frame Bag: Fairweather X-Pac roll top frame bag

Front Roll, Bag and Harness: Fairweather X-pac handlebar bag +

Stem Bag: Fairweather stem bag black

Rear Rack Bag (rucksack, useful for hiking): Karrimor Saber Olive

Rain Cover for Rucksack: Karrimor 25l x 2