My custom bicycle

XXL Cage: Ventura alloy tall cage

The ventura alloy XL bottle cage, another recommendation by Matt & Jasi from PedalPromise. This holder supports PET bottles with up to 1500ml content and fixes the bottles with a strap against wobbling.

Front light: Son Edelux II

A strong LED dynamo front light by manufacturer SON with up to 80 Lux so as a wide beam. There is a connection for the rear light, three different modes (on / of / automatic via sensor) and parking light.

Racks: Tubus Tara & Logo

Another classic! Tubus racks are known as one of the most robust / durable racks on the market. I use a “Tubus Logo” as a rear rack and a “Tubus Tara” as a Lowrider.
In comparison to the similar “Tubus Cargo” rear rack, the panniers are hanging lower on the Logo, which gives you a lower center of gravity.

Rotors: TRP tr 25

Two 160mm center lock brake discs by TRP.

Frame: Surly Disc Trucker

26″ steel touring frame by Surly. I decided to go with a 26″ frame because of the weight tolerance / stability of the smaller wheels so as the possibility to use wider tires up to 2.1″ (Ice Spiker Pro tires for winter).

Bell: Spurcycle

A well processed and good looking bell by Spurcycle that gives a loud and long lasting sound.

Dynamo: SON 28 centerlock

The SON28 by SON is one of the most effective dynamos that offers a lot of energy even at slower speeds. The dynamo provides electricity for the front light so as the USB port.

Brakes: TRP Spyke

The Spyke calipers by TRP are one of the best mechanical disc brakes for touring or mtb. They are similar to the BB7 by Avid but are dual piston instead of single piston.

Mudguards: SKS Bluemels

Good mudguards! not more, not less.

Shifters: Shimano SL M590

Sturdy 9-speed shifters by Shimano. They are easy to adjust and offer smooth and easy gear switching.

Pedals: Shimano PD T8000

I’m used to ride with half platform, half clipless pedals. The T8000 by Shimano have adjustable screws for different shoe types / soles (e.g. winter boots) and on the other hand click pedals for my spd-touring shoes for spring / summer cycling.

Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD M591

Deore long 9-speed rear derailleur by Shimano with a total capacity of 45 teeth.

Rear Hub: Shimano FH T675

As discussed in various forums, the Deore LX rear hubs seems to be a bit more durable than the Deore XT hubs, so I have chosen the FH T675.

Front Derailleur: Shimano FD M590

Deore 9-speed down-swing front derailleur by Shimano.

Crankset: Shimano FC M591

Deore 3×9-speed (22-32-44) crankset with chainguard & SM-BB52 Hollowtech II bottom bracket.

Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour

The most used tires in the bicycle touring world. Schwalbe produces the most durable tires and most effective puncture protection belt available for bicycle tires. I have chosen the Marathon Plus Tour 26″x1.75″ tires cause of the deeper profile.

Cassette: Shimano CS M770

Shimano XT 9-speed 11-34 cassette.

Winter tires: Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro

Schwalbe Ice spiker pro with 361 spikes for riding on snow covered or icy roads. I bought these tires for my ride through scandinavia in winter time.

Rims: Ryde Andra 30

Ryde / Rigida is known for their sturdy and well made rims. I use Ryde Andra rims, which are built for heavy loads. The Andra 30 rim has a double wall shape, is almost indestructible and has a load capacity up to 180kg per rim.

Smartphone holder: Roam Universal Premium

I bought this smartphone holder due to a recommendation of my friend Matt from Pedal Promise.
My conclusion: A well made holder which is easy to adjust and which fixes the phone very very well! No phone wiggling while driving.

USB Charger: Cycle2Charge V2

Cycle2Charge is a small USB-charger which replaces the stem cap of the Ahead headset and is wired to my SON28 front hub dynamo. With this little device you can charge a phone or any other usb device, respectively a pass-through battery pack while cycling. Works absolutely great!

Grips: Ergon GP1 Biokork

GP1 Ergonimic grips made of kork for an increased grip and against numb fingers.

Spokes: DT Swiss Competition

Very sturdy and cold forged 2.0 / 1.8 spokes by DT Swiss.

Brake Levers: Avid speed dial 7

Linear-pull brake levers for mechanical brakes by Avid / SRAM. These levers are a bit on the heavier side but therefore very robust and easy to adjust.

Headset: ChrisKing noThreadSet

Regarding the headset there was no doubt, a standard ahead ChrisKing headset for sure. Headsets by ChrisKing are definitely not the cheapest but known as the best and most durable on the market.

Bottle cage small: Blackburn comp cage

A normal size aluminum bottle cage by Blackburn with lifetime warranty.

Rear Light: Buesch+Mueller Toplight plus

Toplight plus rear light by Busch & Müller which is connected to the son edelux II front light. This rear light is very bright and has a parking light up to 4 minutes.

Handlebar: BBB Multibar

I mainly chose a Multibar (aka. Trekkingbar / Butterflybar) cause of the different grip positions. I appreciate to have a second lateral hand position as I’m used to ride drop bars from my road bike. Moreover the upper part of the multibar offers me enough space to attach electronic devices for my bicycle cockpit.

Stem: BBB Highsix Stem

An adjustable stem to find the right cycling position and for fine tuning on the road due to different terrain.

Helmet: Alpina Valparola XC

A good looking and comfortable helmet for my safety from my Sponsor Alpina Sports.

Saddle: Brooks B17

Another bicycle touring classic. A Brooks B17 leather saddle, what else? From day one the most comfortable saddle I’ve ever cycled with.

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