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Preparing for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) we decided that the Surly Ogre would be our bike of choice. The Ogre is a no-nonsense steel 29’er off-road do-anything bike. It has eyelets for days, its tough, and is built to take a beating. After choosing the frame we went ahead a got it built up with a smattering of Shimano XT/SLX components. XT hydraulic disc brakes, Alfine dynamo to power our light and electronics, and Velocity Blunt 35 rims to tie it all together. Our saddle choice was easy, we decided on the new and comfy Brooks Cambium. As our ride at times, will be punishing, we needed all the spring we could get, and the Cambium was the obvious choice. Below is the complete build specs for each bike.

Matt’s Ride
Frame: Surly Ogre Medium
Fork: Surly Ogre
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Stem: Thomson Elite X4
Handlebar: Salsa Bend
Shifter: Shimano SLX
Grips: Ergon GC1
Seatpost: Thomson Elite
Saddle: Brooks Cambium
Seat Clamp: Blue Salsa
Front Hub: Shimano Alfine DH-S501 32h
Rear hub: Shimano XT 32h
Rims: Blue Velocity Blunt 35
Tires: Maxxis Ardent 2.25
Cranks: Shimano SLX 36/28
Pedals: Shimano spd
Bottom Bracket: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano 11-36
Chain: Shimano HG54
Brakes & Levers: Shimano XT hydraulic
Light: Supernova E3 Triple

Storage
Frame Bag: Surly branded Revelate
Seat Bag: Revelate Pika
Handlebar Bag: Swift Industries Paloma
Salsa Anything Rack
Ortlieb Front Roller
2 Seal Line Nimbus Stuff Sacks

Brett’s Bike
Frame: Surly Ogre Large
Fork: Surly Ogre
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Stem: Generic
Handlebar: Salsa Bend
Shifter: Shimano SLX
Grips: Giant Grips
Seatpost: Civia
Saddle: Brooks Cambium
Seat Clamp: Green Salsa
Front Hub: Shimano Alfine DH-S501 32h
Rear hub: Shimano XT 32h
Rims: Blue Velocity Blunt 35
Tires: Maxxis Ardent 2.25
Cranks: Shimano SLX 36/28
Pedals: Shimano spd
Bottom Bracket: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano 11-36
Chain: Shimano HG54
Brakes & Levers: Shimano XT hydraulic
Light: busch and muller

Storage
Frame Bag: Surly branded Revelate
Seat Bag: Revelate Pika
Handlebar Bag: Swift Industries Paloma
Trunk Bag: Axiom Robson LX 14
Salsa Anything Rack

EQUIPMENT
Tent: Sierra Designs lightning 2
Sleeping Bag: Enlightened Equipment Revelation Pro 850 Drydown Quilt
Sleeping Pad: Thermarest prolight.
Cooking: Solo Stove x 2
8 inch cook pan
Knife
Sporks
Headlamps from Black Diamond
Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Pump Filter
Battery bank for charging devices
Garmin 500
Sinewaves Revolution USB Dynamo Charging Device
Kindle – with Cycling the Great Divide Guidebook by Michael McCoy
Iphone
ACA Mapset

Clothing: Per person
2 X Jersey – one Polo, one ventilated riding jersey
2x overshorts
1x ventilated undershorts
Arm/knee warmers
Wind Vest
Racing bibs
Giro Merino base layer
Giro Insulated vest
Giro Terraduro Shoes
Giro Full fingered Gloves
t shirt
boxers
3 socks
Icebreaker merino long underwear/top
Rain Jacket
Rain Shorts

3 Comments

  1. Hubert
    December 3, 2014

    Hi guys
    I am Hubert from Berlin and I am loofing for a bike for my Panamericana Trip next year.

    One of my favourite frames is the Surly Ogre.

    the problem I have now i which frame size should I choose.

    I am 177cm (5 Feet 10 Inches) high and have a stride length of 83cm (2 Feet 9 Inches)
    Which size would you recommend 18″ or 20″ ????
    Thanks
    Hubert

    Reply
    • Sijil Or
      January 18, 2015

      Definitely the 18″ …I’m 6’1 and ride the 20″.

      Reply
    • Gerhard
      May 7, 2015

      Hey Hubert
      Which frame die you get? I’ve the absolut Same sizing and was leaning towards the 20″

      Thx
      Gerhard

      Reply

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