2022 Bikepacking Gear of the 12 months


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Kicking off our 2022 Bikepacking Awards sequence, we acknowledge the merchandise which have most impressed us all through the previous yr. Dig into the Bikepacking Gear of the 12 months with 49 awards in 11 classes, together with our Prime Six Bikes, Greatest New Elements, Greatest Instruments & Devices, and extra. Plus, discover a listing of bikes which can be already on our radar for 2023…

Within the first installment of our 2022 Bikepacking Awards, we acknowledge the merchandise which have wowed us probably the most over the previous 12 months. Dig into our high picks in 10 classes, together with our Prime Six Bikes, the Greatest New Elements, Greatest Tenting Gear, and extra. Plus, discover a listing of bikes which can be already on our radar for 2023.

Though it’s now letting up in an enormous manner, 2022 was nonetheless largely within the grips of an inflated bicycle and outside trade, with a scarcity of elements and lots of corporations flailing to maintain up with demand and competitors. Nonetheless, we managed to assessment greater than 20 new bikes and quite a lot of new baggage and equipment from huge manufacturers and small makers alike. To kick off our eighth annual Bikepacking Awards, the 2022 Gear of the 12 months roundup brings collectively a various assortment of confirmed merchandise damaged into 10 classes. Scroll down to seek out out what we think about to be the perfect merchandise related to backcountry biking, tenting, and bikepacking, from instruments and attire to the bikes which have most impressed us this yr.

Observe that a couple of of those merchandise have but to earn an in-depth assessment on the location, however it’s all tools we’ve had first-hand expertise utilizing and really feel assured about recommending. And, though the emphasis is on 2022 merchandise, these awards draw from all of the gear we’ve tried and examined this yr, no matter when objects had been launched. In spite of everything, the most recent and best isn’t all the time the perfect, regardless of what advertising and marketing hype could inform us. It’s all about steadiness, and bikepacking is as a lot about gear that stands the take a look at of time as it’s about new expertise. With out additional ado, let’s dive in.

Bikepacking Gear of The 12 months

The Bikepacking Gear of The 12 months award is devoted to baggage and packs which can be made particularly for dirt-road touring and bikepacking. And, the winner is…

Ortlieb Seat-Pack QR Review Video

Ortlieb Seat-Pack QR

Simply while you thought that every one doable improvements for the lengthwise-oriented seat pack had already been achieved, Ortlieb tossed one other hat into the ring. The Seat-Pack QR makes use of Ortlieb’s confirmed welded waterproof seat bag design and integrates it with a brand new quick-release mechanism that simply hooks onto the saddle rails, offering a quick and simple attachment system that additionally works with a dropper submit. They nailed the design and have set, and it’s as secure as another seat pack available on the market. It rapidly grew to become a favourite of a few us on the crew and has confirmed itself sturdy and dependable to date. Discover the assessment right here.

$190 at Ortlieb Campfire

Different Prime Picks

Tailfin Panniers Review

Tailfin Mini Panniers (10L)

The 10L Tailfin Mini Panniers had been launched in 2021 however grew to become favorites of a few our crew members this yr. They’re not solely the right dimension, however they may even be probably the most well-engineered panniers we’ve used. They characteristic a very nice cam closure that Tailfin clearly put quite a lot of time and thought into. It’s each intricate and very strong, making them fast to take away and set up and fully secure and rattle-free. Discover Logan’s ideas right here and Cass’ full assessment right here.

$105 at Tailfin

Old Man Mountain Elkhorn Rack Review

Outdated Man Mountain Elkhorn

Launched again within the spring, the Outdated Man Mountain Elkhorn is a cleverly designed and extremely versatile rack that may be mounted to the entrance or rear of practically any bike utilizing the axle mount equipment or rack mounts. Its distinctive engineering makes the Elkhorn one of the common racks obtainable, and it’s a fantastic choice as a bag help or a standalone rack for a minimal packing model. The three-pack mounts on every leg are icing on the cake. Discover our assessment right here.

$148 at OMM Campfire

Frances Cycles Farfarer Trailer

Trailers magically flip common bikes into load-hauling machines, serving to flip our most imaginative human-powered adventures into actuality. Gentle on the scales and simple on the eyes, the Frances Cycles Farfarer feels virtually excellent for its supposed makes use of and resonates particularly properly with the inherent simplicity of bicycles themselves. There’s little to fail, and dealing with is nearly as good because it will get for a trailer hauling cargo. Discover Cass’ full assessment right here.

$600+ at Frances Cycles

Prime Six Bikepacking Bikes

We examined a good variety of bikes in 2022. We reviewed 20 and have a couple of extra nonetheless within the works. Listed below are our high six Bikepacking Bikes for 2022.

Cotic SolarisMAX Review

Cotic SolarisMax

The Cotic SolarisMax blew us away in 2022. Who woulda thunk {that a} comparatively lengthy and progressive hardtail may very well be as versatile as this one? It ticks quite a lot of containers and is equally at residence tackling lengthy, multi-day exploits as it’s carving up rugged singletrack trails. It additionally has a great deal of mounting factors, and that candy Hubble Purple sparking paint job is the icing on the cake. Discover the assessment right here.

Surly Ghost Grappler Review

Surly Grappler

The Surly Grappler—previously the Ghost Grappler—was a sleeper this yr, however all of us agreed that it deserved a spot in our 2022 Gear of the 12 months. The Grappler is a novel tackle a drop-bar off-road bike, one that mixes long-ride-friendly consolation with an sudden playful facet, to not point out a great deal of utility. The Grappler’s additionally equally at residence as a flat-bar bike and comes outfitted with a drivetrain that makes that transition simple. Discover our evaluations right here, and take a look on the flat-bar conversion right here.

Jones LWB Spaceframe Titanium

Jones LWB Spaceframe Titanium

The most recent iteration of the Jones Spaceframe – the Plus LWB – is the bike that represents the end result of Jeff Jones’ imaginative and prescient for the “final” mountain bike due to its thought of interaction between body geometry and design, fork offset, rim width, and tire dimension. It acquired excessive marks in Cass’ assessment, and we anticipate will probably be a timeless funding for many who admire the Jones geometry and are prepared to buck all of the mainstream mountain bike developments. Learn the assessment right here.

Pipedream ALICE review, A.L.I.C.E.

Pipedream A.L.I.C.E.

Again in 2016, the Pipedream A.L.I.C.E. was one of many first drop-bar mountain bikes in what’s now a well-saturated market. We lastly acquired round to testing the most recent iteration this yr, and we’re glad we did. Not solely is that this bike a very good worth, it climbs very properly, and it’s secure and grounded, which interprets to it being a fantastic descender. It’s clear that Pipedream had a imaginative and prescient with this bike, and with its skill to deal with the chunky stuff like mountain bike and nonetheless keep a fast and snappy really feel and an all-day comfy trip, they nailed it. Discover the assessment right here.

Chumba Yaupon Review

Chumba Yaupon

The Chumba Yaupon stood out this yr amid the rising number of omniterrain bikes. The Yaupon managed to maintain issues fascinating with its US-made metal body, clearance for 29 x 2.6″ tires, dropper submit routing, sliding dropouts, and barely extra versatile trail-ready geometry relative to many different drop-bar bikes available on the market. Discover our assessment right here.

Bike Friday All-Packa

Bike Friday All-Packa

Small-wheel folding bikes are nice for profiting from multimodal transportation choices and for storing in cramped areas. They don’t often come to thoughts, although, as bikepacking platforms. Enter Bike Friday’s All-Packa as a decisive rejection of that typical knowledge. The All-Packa can pack in minutes right into a suitcase, however when unfolded, it’s undaunted by unfastened gravel, rugged doubletrack, and even less-than-chunky singletrack. For imaginative journey potentialities, it’s a recreation changer. Discover an interview with the All-Packa’s designer right here and maintain an eye fixed out for our complete assessment.

Collective Choice

Collective Alternative

Once more this yr, we requested our Bikepacking Collective members what they thought concerning the 20+ bikes we reviewed in 2022. We despatched our members a listing of all of them, requested them every to pick two, after which tallied the outcomes. Listed below are the three that got here out on high primarily based on the Collective’s votes.

Surly Ghost Grappler Review

Surly Grappler

Whereas the Cotic beat the Grappler in our inner voting panel of seven people by a really slim margin (one vote!), it handily took the highest spot in our Collective Awards vote, taking practically 32% of the full ballots!

Tumbleweed Stargazer Ti Review

Tumbleweed Stargazer Ti

The newly reviewed Tumbleweed Stargazer Ti got here in at a detailed second with over 26% of the vote. Observe that it didn’t seem in our high listing of bikes because the very comparable metal Stargazer gained total final yr, and we opted to offer it high marks within the “Greatest Upgrades” class beneath. Learn the total assessment right here.

Moots Routt ESC Review

Moots Routt ESC

With an identical Ti fork, a great deal of mounts, and clearance for 29 x 2.4” tires, the MOOTS Routt ESC is a sight to behold. Our members thought so too, giving it 13% of the vote placing it within the third spot for our Collective Alternative. Discover the assessment right here.

Greatest New Part

We usually have a single winner for this award, however it was a bit of too near name this time, so now we have a tie for the highest spot for Greatest New Part…

Ritchey Beacon XL

Ritchey Beacon XL

The Ritchey Beacon XL got here specced on the Chumba Yaupon we examined and rapidly grew to become a standout element on the construct. We discovered its beneficiant 520mm width, shallow 80mm drop, and 36° flare to be excellent for off-road driving whereas providing a cushty, barely extra upright place for giant rides. The bottom double-butted 6061 alloy model begins at simply $60, which is a steal. Discover our assessment right here.

$58 at AMZN

Stooge Moto Bars Review

Stooge Moto Bars

The Stooge Moto bar isn’t new, however we simply acquired a maintain of 1 this yr and rode it on technical singletrack, bikepacking journeys, and every little thing in between. Its average 17° backsweep and 38mm rise maintain the bike slot in examine whereas providing a pleasant comfy hand place. It presents a superb mix of management and luxury. Plus, the broad clamp space is ideal for bag straps and equipment.

£72 at Stooge Cycles

Different Prime Picks

Wolf Tooth Waveform Pedals Review

Wolf Tooth Waveform Pedals

There are a variety of strong flat pedal choices on the market, every with its personal strengths and weaknesses. Nevertheless, Minnesota-based Wolf Tooth Elements appears to have nailed it with their in-house machined Waveform pedals. They’re well-built, supply a narrower Q-factor than many different comparable choices, and supply best-in-class grip with a novel dual-concave design.

$199 at WolfTooth Jenson

Logos Eudae Wheels

Logos Eudae Wheels

A sub-1600 gram carbon mountain bike wheelset for below $1,250? The brand new Logos Eudae ticks that field, and being constructed across the confirmed and now open normal dual-sprung floating Star Ratchet system, are appropriate with internals from the honored unique (non-EXP) DT240/350. We’ve been testing a pair for a couple of months and don’t have anything however good issues to say. Keep tuned for the total assessment.

$1,248 at LogosComponents.com

Garbaruk 12-speed Cassette

Garbaruk 12-speed Cassette

There are two camps in relation to 12-speed drivetrains. One benefit of the SRAM Eagle facet are the light-weight one-piece cassettes, one thing that Shimano doesn’t have. Garbaruk has been within the recreation for some time and launched a one-piece Microspline 12-speed cassette to work with the Shimano 12-speed drivetrain. Higher but, it weighs 25 grams lower than the X01 choice and is $100+ lighter on the pockets. And it shifts fantastically too.

$286 at Garbaruk

Prime 5 Upgrades of 2022

Actually not conceived to advertise overspending or normal extra, the Prime 5 Upgrades highlights higher-dollar gear that’s well-designed and may very well be a worthwhile funding when you’ve got the additional dough.

Tumbleweed Stargazer Ti Review

Tumbleweed Stargazer Ti

The metal Stargazer took the perfect bike slot final yr, and whereas it’s practically excellent, Tumbleweed determined to up the ante this yr and try to make a fantastic bike higher. If you happen to learn our assessment, that they succeeded, and the restricted version Tumbleweed Stargazer Ti is one thing particular. Discover the full assessment right here.

Zpacks FreeTrio Tent

Zpacks FreeTrio

One other good factor acquired even higher this yr… or not less than larger. The Zpacks Free Duo took residence a Gear of the 12 months award final yr, and this yr, Zpacks determined to make a three-person model of this shelter.Whereas it’s not simple on the pockets, the FreeTrio is extraordinarily roomy and properly made and is available in a 990-gram bundle. Keep tuned for a full assessment.

Rockshox Pike Ultimate

Buttercups!

The introduction of Buttercups within the new RockShox Pike Final left quite a lot of us scratching our heads this previous summer time. However as gimmicky because it sounds, this little elastomer-based anti-vibration system is 100% noticeable and makes for a reasonably spectacular profit. Keep tuned for a assessment.

$900 at REI Backcountry

Cane Creek eeSilk Stem

Cane Creek eeSilk Stem

Talking of elastomers, Cane Creek appears to have discovered a reasonably neat engineering recipe for his or her tackle a suspension stem. In our expertise, most of the different choices are a bit of too flexy. The eeSilk means that you can dial it in between comfortable and agency settings, which is a pleasant contact. We’ll publish a assessment down the highway, however to date we’re impressed.

$229 at Jenson Worldwide

Specialized Power with Mirror 3d Saddle Review

Specialised Energy with Mirror Saddle

A $300+ 3D-prinded saddle… WTF!? That’s just about what we thought. Nevertheless, we knew that Specialised had one thing particular on their fingers with the Mimic saddles, and this lighter-weight 195-gram saddle appeared fascinating. Ultimately, it’s extraordinarily comfy, and it’s held up extremely properly. Look ahead to a long-term assessment in 2023.

$325 at Backcountry

Greatest Instruments & Devices

For the Greatest Instruments & Devices, there are all the time quite a lot of nice choices. This yr’s winner is…

RideWithGPS Heatmaps

RideWithGPS Private Map View & Heatmaps

RideWithGPS is our favourite route planning software program, and it simply retains getting higher. The corporate unveiled warmth maps earlier this yr, after which quietly rolled out Private Map View and Private Warmth Maps later. All of those options are wonderful, however the Private Map View is particularly cool, permitting you to view all of your routes and rides on the map. If you happen to haven’t tried it, be sure that to offer it a glance.

Different Prime Picks

Garmin inReach Messenger

Garmin inReach Messenger

The brand new Garmin inReach Messenger gives satellite tv for pc communication as a standalone gadget or paired together with your smartphone and has a couple of different neat options which can be nice for anybody driving away from mobile protection. We’ve been testing one for a number of months and may have a assessment quickly.

$300 at REI Backcountry

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT Review

Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt V2

After long-term testing, the Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt has confirmed to be a dependable and completely easy GPS companion for a few us on the crew. It’s small, intuitive, and nonetheless has a transparent sufficient display that’s seen in all lighting conditions. It additionally has a fantastic battery life, and the ELEMNT companion app is comparatively user-friendly for loading routes and syncing rides. Try the assessment right here.

$300 at REI Backcountry

Accent of the 12 months

This award is restricted to equipment and extras that don’t fairly match into the bikepacking gear or elements class. Voting was a bit of too near name this time, so now we have a tie for the highest spot on this class as properly. And so they each occur to be lights…

Fenix BC26R review

Fenix BC26R

The Fenix BC26R is a light-weight bike gentle that options an included rechargeable 5000mAh li-ion battery and runs as much as 1600 lumens. It has a fantastic design with a superb mount and an extended battery life on low-medium settings. Keep tuned for the assessment.

$90 at Fenix AMZN

Sinewave Beacon V2

Sinewave Beacon 2

The venerable Sinewave Beacon was just lately up to date, and we’ve been testing one. One huge enchancment is the elimination of any flicker at low velocity. It additionally now has skill to show off the stand gentle (which is good when tenting) and has a mode that’s just for charging with out gentle. There’s additionally blinking mode when utilizing exterior battery energy and a few extra taillight performance that we haven’t tried. It’s a fantastic improve to an already good product.

$350 at Sinewave

Different Prime Picks

Apidura Frame Pack Hydration Bladder Review

Apidura Body Pack Hydration Bladder

Apidura’s Body Pack Hydration Bladder is the primary body bag-specific bladder available on the market. It encompasses a roll-top closure to permit refilling the bladder with out eradicating it from the body pack and has confirmed itself fairly sturdy. Discover the assessment right here.

$51-63 at Apidura

Ass Savers Win Wing

Made in Sweden from primarily recycled plastic, the 71-gram Ass Savers Win Wing is an ultralight clip-on mudguard that’s designed be used on any bike—with or with out fender mounts—within the chilly and moist circumstances of fall and winter. The Win Wing is a brand new tackle a fender that helps reduce the mud and muck in your bottom, and we’ve been digging it this fall.

$25 at Bikepacking Retailer

Kokopelli Rogue R-Deck Packraft

Kokopelli Rogue R-Deck Packraft

Described because the “quiver killer” by Kokopelli, the Rogue R-Deck has a detachable spraydeck that’s there while you need it and zippers off while you don’t. It weighs slightly below 10 kilos, packs all the way down to the scale of a giant paper towel roll, and the model we’ve been utilizing for the final yr has the non-obligatory TiZip zipper to retailer gear contained in the packraft for multi-day journeys.

$960 at Backcountry

Tenting Gear of the 12 months

This award goes to tenting gear that we’ve examined in 2022 that has confirmed to be dependable and excellent in its class.

Katabatic Flex Quilt

Katabatic Flex 22 Quilt

We’ve lengthy been smitten with the quilts made by Katabatic. Logan’s seven-year-old Alsec remains to be in immaculate working order. This yr, we tried the Flex 22, a fantastic ultralight choice for colder climate that’s versatile sufficient to make use of yr spherical. It’s proved itself to stay as much as its temperature score, and it’s very properly made and pretty user-friendly. And the truth that it’s constructed from Bluesign authorized materials and responsibly sourced down makes all of it the higher. For these trying to make an funding in a high-quality, sturdy, ultralight quilt, the Flex (or Alsec) are a superb alternative.

$280+ at Katabatic

Different Prime Picks

Gossamer Gear The Two Tent Review

Gossamer Gear The Two

We’ve been testing out the redesigned Gossamer Gear The Two for practically a yr now with nice outcomes. It packs down small, presents sufficient inside area for 2 buddies, weighs round a pound and a half with every little thing you want, and is competitively priced at $375 (at present on sale for $300!). Gossamer presents an non-obligatory pole set for these with out trekking poles, and there’s additionally The One for these touring solo. Keep tuned for our full assessment.

$300 at GossamerGear

Decathlon Forclaz Sleeping Bag

Decathlon Forclaz Trek 900 50°F Sleeping Bag

You often have to pay a reasonably penny to get a light-weight and packable bag. However with Decathlon’s Forclaz Trek 900, you not solely get each, however you additionally get a bag that’s confirmed to be sturdy at a really approachable worth level. The Trek 900 is a 1.5-pound, 50°F summer time sleeping bag that’s impressed us by offering the first rate 2.5-3 season heat and luxury on quite a lot of summer time mountain journeys.

$150 at Decathlon

Mountain Hardwear Nimbus Tent

Mountain Hardwear Nimbus UL1 Tent

The Mountain Hardwear Nimbus UL1 Tent is nothing groundbreaking by way of construction and performance. Nevertheless, this 770-gram, ultralight, single-door, one-person shelter ticks all of the containers and is made with out dyes, PU-coatings, or flame-retardant chemical substances. It’s additionally very gentle, spacious, and obtainable for a aggressive worth.

$300 at REI

Greatest in Bikepacking Kitchen

This award class is designated for packable meals, recipes, or camp kitchen utensils which have impressed us in 2022.

SOTO WindMaster Stove

Soto WindMaster Range

Whereas not the smallest or lightest canister range available on the market, the Soto WindMaster stands above the competitors for quietness, pot help stability, and nice simmer efficiency. “It’s tough to seek out any actual faults with the WindMaster. The minor dimension and weight penalties are greater than justified by its spectacular wind efficiency…” Discover our assessment right here.

$64.95 at REI

Different Prime Picks

Wacaco Picopresso

Wacaco Picopresso

After attempting an espresso from the Wacaco Picopresso deep within the Rocky Mountains, it was clear that this pint-sized espresso maker is in a category of its personal and unmatched in its weight-to-quality ratio. Albeit extra of a glam-packing merchandise, we positively advocate giving it a shot for those who place a excessive precedence on making high quality espresso exterior. Discover our assessment right here.

$129 at AMZN Wacaco

Snowpeak Insulated Mug

Talking of high quality espresso, one factor that’s all the time been irritating about ultralight titanium mugs is the truth that your espresso will get chilly so rapidly. The Snowpeak Insulated Titanium Mug isn’t new this yr, however it’s been a go-to choice for us. It appears to double the time espresso stays heat, and it doesn’t include a lot of a weight penalty.

$40 at Snow Peak Backcountry

Grayl Ultrapress Ti Filter Review

Grayl Ultrapress Ti

The brand new Grayl Ultrapress Ti encompasses a distinctive titanium development, suits in a bottle cage, and filters/shops water for while you’re on the transfer. We’ve discovered the push-to-filter design to be dependable and simple to make use of, and the power to make use of it as an emergency pot for boiling water or making ready easy meals is a pleasant bonus. The usual plastic model prices simply $90, which is one other strong choice.

$199 at Grayl.com

Out of doors Attire of The 12 months

The Out of doors Attire of The 12 months award is for clothes and outerwear we’ve examined in 2022 that’s distinctive and confirmed to be sturdy. We usually have a single winner right here as properly, however there are two winners within the high spot this yr.

Montbell Down Pants Review

Montbell Down Pants

Montbell’s down pants supply a ton of additional heat in an amazingly compact and light-weight sub-200-gram bundle. Diamond-shaped baffles maintain the 800 fill energy down in place, however aside from that delicate aesthetic ingredient, the pants are very minimalist in design, making them one among or favourite items this yr. They’re additionally obtainable in males’s and ladies’s cuts. If you happen to’re trying to up your late fall and winter tenting recreation, give them a glance.

$229 at Montbell: Males’s Girls’s

Five Ten Freerider Pro Primeblue

5 Ten Freerider Professional PrimeBlue

Just like the common Freerider Professional, the Freerider Professional PrimeBlue are excellent within the grip division. Nevertheless, the PrimeBlue mannequin is constructed from 75% PrimeBlue yarn, an upcycled materials that consists of plastic waste harvested from seashores and shorelines earlier than it may possibly pollute the ocean. The footwear include no virgin polyester, which is fairly spectacular. Equally as spectacular is that this shoe’s sturdiness. This pair noticed over 2,000 miles of Baja Divide, Oaxaca driving, and singletrack again residence in Pisgah over the past yr and remains to be in nice working order (as proven on this photograph). The PrimeBlue is now referred to as Freerider Professional Canvas, for the file.

$90-100 at REI Backcountry

Different Prime Picks

Gore Passion Shorts Review

Gore Ardour Shorts

The search of a very good summer time shorts led us to the Gore Ardour Brief this yr. This comparatively reasonably priced garment has a double button closure, velcro waist-band, and comparatively slim lower that’s a fantastic match for in-between waist sizes. It’s additionally tremendous comfy on the bike, not too heavy for hotter climate, and has a very good set of minimal pockets.

$70 at GORE Worldwide

Giro Tack review

Giro Tracker Sneakers

The Giro Tracker isn’t just one other flat-pedal mountain bike shoe. The Tracker was designed to be extra minimal and lighter than others, with a extremely breathable design for consolation on all-day rides. We’ve put about 1,200 miles on one and have been extraordinarily impressed with its sturdiness. And for fast-paced bikepacking, the BOA dial is a wonderful contact for with the ability to stretch your ft and rapidly placed on or take away them. They’re fairly grippy, too, and make a fantastic mixed-terrain journey shoe. Keep tuned for a extra in-depth assessment.

$130 at Jenson

7mesh chilco anorak

7mesh Chilco Anorak

A part of their WTV (wind, thermal, air flow) lineup launched this yr, the 7mesh Chilco Anorak gives the right mix of heat and wind safety for chilly mornings or gentle winter days. Miles has been sporting his on practically each trip this fall/winter, and has discovered it excellent for temps hovering round freezing.

$200 at 7mesh Males’s Girls’s

Most Attention-grabbing Bikes for 2023

We introduced practically 100 new bikes in 2023, and whereas we are able to’t take a look at all of them, we attempt to get our fingers on as many as fairly doable for assessment. Of the numerous bikes that can be available on the market in 2023, the 5 beneath have most piqued our curiosity. All characteristic one thing fascinating, totally different, particularly properly thought by way of, or are simply worthy of tossing a leg over!

Pelago Thorsmork, Pelago Thórsmörk

Pelago Thorsmork

Unveiled at Eurobike this yr, the Pelago Thórsmörk is an adventure-ready inflexible mountain bike that marks an sudden step for the Helsinki, Finland-based model. It’s designed round 29 x 2.6″ tires and with a great deal of mounting choices, and it seems like a superb choice for quite a lot of bikepacking journeys. Discover the press launch right here.

Pipedream Sirius S6 Ti

Pipedream Sirius S6

Spoiler alert, we’re at present testing a Pipedream Sirius S5 and have quite a lot of good issues to say about it. Keep tuned for the total assessment. In the meantime, we heard that Pipedream goes to be releasing a titanium model, the S6, that includes a bunch extra bikepacking-friendly mounts. Right here’s a sneak peek, however notice this isn’t the ultimate manufacturing model. Keep tuned for particulars.

Allied BC40

Allied BC40

Launched earlier this summer time, the Allied BC40 is a made-in-USA carbon full-suspension cross-country bike designed for aggressive driving and and going quick. Its generously sized primary triangle and 29 x 2.4″ tire clearance have us considering it will make a strong platform for light-weight singletrack bikepacking journeys and ultra-endurance races. Be taught extra right here.

Cotic Cascade

The brand new Cotic Cascade is a flexible drop-bar mountain bike constructed up round a chromoly metal body, clearance for 29 x 2.6″ tires, and all of the mounting factors you would ever want. We’re really testing this bike for the time being, so keep tuned for a full assessment in 2023. Within the meantime, discover the press launch right here.

Omnium Big Bad Jumbo

Omnium Large Dangerous Jumbo

Omnium, greatest recognized for his or her line of utilitarian cargo bicycles, just lately stepped into the world of mountain bikes. Omnium’s Founder, Jimmi “Jumbo” Bargisen concocted this lengthy and comparatively progressive hardtail that has some fairly good traces, and quite a lot of mounts. We’re hoping to check one quickly. Discover the press launch right here.

Keep tuned for extra from our 2022 Bikepacking Awards, together with honors for the perfect Images, Video, and Artistic work, in addition to the perfect routes and most influential people of the yr…

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