Bike and Equipment

Final setup and items.
After loads of mistakes, many trails and tribulations and numerous hours of research on the internet, I eventually ended up with the finished bike and equipment that I will start my first attempt at Bicycle Touring. Please note that these are my choices, I am not recommending, or advertising any manufacturer or products. Only time, travel and usage will reveal the wisdom, or incorrect choice of items I am taking on my journey.

The Kruzer.
Brand: Silverback-Model: VIDA 2

Country of origin: Germany – Release date: 2012

Colour: Glacier Silver and Green trim – Weight: 13.4kg

Recommended for:  Recreation, MTB, XC and Racing.

Frame type: Aluminum

Fork type: SR Suntour Raidon X2 29″ Lock Out 100mm

Rim type: Jalco Big Nine, Double Wall Aluminium

Hub front: Shimano SLX Center lock
Hub rear: Shimano SLX Center lock

Tyres: Front GEAX GOMA Sticky 29×2.4  –  Rear GEAX Gato 29×2.3

Shifters: Shimano SL-M430, 9 Speed Alivio Rapidfire Plus

Front derailleur: Shimano M391 Acera 9 Speed  –  Rear derailleur:  Shimano SLX 9 Speed

Crankset: Shimano M391 Octalink 22/32/44T

Cassette: Shimano HG50, 9 Speed 11-34T

Pedals: Shimano PD-M520 MTB SPD Pedals

Bottom bracket: Shimano ES25 Octalink

Brakes: Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc

Weight with Racks and some additional items: 21kg

Loaded Bike: 42kg

Target Weight Front: 14kg

Target Weight Rear: 9kg

A 99% completed Kruzer during experimental period

Equipment fitted.

Rear Topeak Explorer 29er Tubular Rack w/disc mounts

A tough, tubular aluminum rear rack designed specifically for 29er mountain bikes equipped with disc brakes. The perfect rack for classic loaded touring, commuting or just running errands. QuickTrack™ compatible for use with any MTX TrunkBag and rear basket. Attachments-Braze-On Type. Material-6061 T-6 Hollow Aluminum,

Max. Weight Capacity 25 kgs – Weight 680g.

FrontMinoura Front Suspension Rack

For long touring & travel. Big front rack can mount pannier bags on both sides. Features Steel construction and is easy to repair anywhere should anything happen along the route. Durable and anti-roll design

Weight 1.5kgs.

Back Panniers

Vaude Karakorum

Really goes the distance. This classic three bag pannier combo is an ideal choice for long tours with lots of gear. The Top Case can be removed and used as a backpack. The lightweight back padding makes it comfortable to carry. The side bags can be mounted on your bike separately. Features: Luggage spider, zip outside pocket, top part also usable as a backpack, reflective elements.

Weight: 2,48kg – Volume: 64L

Front Panniers

Vaude Road Master

Take the bike road home. Roomy main compartment with top lid closure lets you keep your travel essentials neat and tidy. The top lid compartment has a built-in organizer for things you need to get to quick. Product Features: zip lid pocket with organizer, zip outside pocket, main compartment with inner zip pocket, reflective elements, Rain Covers.

Weight: 1,73kg – Volume: 42L

Frame Bag

Ibera Bicycle Triangle Frame Bag, Easy to reach, quick-access to gear, tools, snacks and other small items, Minimizes wind resistance and won’t get in the way of knees, feet or other gear. Velcro strap attachments are compatible with most bikes. 2 Zippers on the outside and an internal pocket. There are 3 Velcro straps at the top. Durable lightweight 420 D Nylon Top zippers for easy access.

Handle Bar Bag

Topeak’s largest capacity handlebar bag

Carrying handle and shoulder strap for off bike use. QuickClick handlebar mount makes attachment and removal a breeze and clear pocket on top flap holds maps or other items close at hand.

10.6″X8.5″X10.5″ and 1.23kg

Fuel Bags

Topeak Fuel Tank Wt. 150g, Compartments 1 Divided Main; Two Inner Mesh Pockets, Capacity 0.75L, Material 420 Denier Nylon/PVC Sponge.

Roswheel MTB Outdoor Sport Top Frame Bag.

Dacron, clear PVC, PU, Lining: High-density waterproof fabric, Mount: Buckle and Velcro Straps,Dimensions:17.5×10.5x5cm(L*H*W), Dimension: 17x9cm (LxW), Weight: 6.7 oz. Buckle at the bottom for easy adjustment and removal. Total 1.8L volume for two bags. Double side design makes it easy to carry and sort stuff.

Comfort Equipment

Saddle-Brooks B67, 850gram

Butterfly Trekking Handle Bar, XLC Touring Multifunction Bail

Electronic Equipment.

Garmin Edge 800 GPS with Heart Rate Monitor and Cadence sensor

Sony HDR-AS 100V Action Camera.

Samsung Tab A 9.7

Voltaic Solar Charger


Etekcity Ultralight

Camping Equipment 


Eureka Isis 2XT

Tent Sleeps 2, Lightweight, 3-Season tent, Pair of full-coverage vestibules, 1 For each D-style door, Shock-corded, Freestanding Fiberglass Frame for easy setup, 2 Mesh Storage Pockets, 4 Clothes line loops and flashlight loop. Floor measures 7′ 5″ by 4′ 11″; Center height 3′ 7″, Weight 2.45kg

Sleeping Bag.

  1. Mountain Life by Kathmandu – Life Traveller 50 – 1kg
  2. Nature Hike – ML 150 – 1.1kg

Sleeping Bag Inner/Liner.

Mountain Life by Kathmandu – Mummy Micro Fibre Sleeping Bag Liner.


Coleman Foldable Pillow.

A pillow is not a luxury item. If you ask me, it’s essential for a good night’s sleep after a long day cycling. Folds in half for compact packing and transport-Measures 12 x 20 inches when open Poly/cotton construction for comfort.Mosquito Net

KIKAR Pyramid Single Compact Outdoor Mosquito Net
That’s it for the equipment,
Some of my training rides and experiences soon.

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