Congratulations to those who attempted and completed the Colorado Trail already and good luck to those considering a go in 2020.

The point of this survey is to assist others during their planning process and take some of the guess work out of riding/racing the CTR. Not everyone who bikepacks has the same level of knowledge.

Ultimately those looking to race/ride the CTR should do what works for them. At the same times those with less confidence or knowledge who are looking to confirm their own choices, should still try different gear to see what works for them. Nothing beats experience!

The hope is that this survey will possibly help make the whole process easier. To further help you with your decision process, checkout our article on the Most Common Mistakes Bikepackers Make.

The Colorado Trail Rider Survey was made to be comprehensive. There would no point ff it wasn’t. You’ll find almost all the questions asked to be ones people ask in forums. The wasted and energy of asking or finding the answers to those questions is removed by bringing them together here in one place.

By breaking down barriers and helping to get others outside, this survey is another of the Project’s targeted resources to help grow bikepacking.

Section #1 Covers: 

Types of bikes, Suspension, Tires & Wheels, Drivetrain, Components and Electronics.

SURVEY #1

Section #2 Covers:

Navigation, Camping, Logistics, and Clothing.

SURVEY #2

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Bike

What brand of bike?

Brand of Bike - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What model of bike?

Specialized

Camber, Epic Pro FSR, Epic EVO, Sworks Epic EVO 29er, and Stumpjumper.
Salsa:  Mukluk, Woodsmoke, Beargrease, and Horsethief.

Trek

Superfly SS, Full Stache 8, and Stache (2).

Santa Cruz

Highball, High Tower (2), and Chameleon C.

Giant

XTC Advanced+, and Anthem.

Scott

Scale (2)

What model of bike?

Orbea

Rallon

Norco

Revolver

Carver

Gnarvester

Binary

SuperB

Niner

Air9 RDO

Pivot

Trail 429

Moots

Rogue YBB

Juliana

Joplin

What type of bike?

Bike Type - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Frame material?

Frame Material - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Frame type?

Frame Type - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Suspension

Fork brand?

Fork Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Fork model?

Fork Model - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Amount of front suspension?

Amount of Front Suspension - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Amount of rear suspension?

Amount of Rear Suspension - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Tires and Wheels

Wheel size?

Wheel Size - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Tire size?

Tire Size - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Rim material?

Rim Material - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Rim width?

Rim Width - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Rim brand?

Rim Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Stans Crest Mk 3, Crest CB, Crest ZTR, and Crest F / Arch R; DTSwiss 1501; Sun Ringle Duroc 40 and Duroc; Bontrager Kove Pro 30; Curve Dirt Hoops; Easton Arc 40; i9 Pilar, Ultralight, Trail S and Backcountry 360; Ibis 942; Nextie Snow Fox; Nox Composites Skyline and Kitsuma; Rovel SL Control; Spank Vibocore 350.

Hub brand?

Hub Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Tubes or Tubeless?

Tubes or Tubesless - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Tire Brand?

Tire Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Tire Model?

Tire Model - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Drivetrain

Which Brand?

Drivetrain Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Gearing?

Gearing - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

#of Rear Cogs?

Rear Cogs - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Front Ring(s)?

Front Rings - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Rear Cog Range?

Rear Cogs - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Shifters?

Shifters - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Components

What brand of brakes?

Brakes - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What model of brakes?

Brake Model - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Hydraulic or Cable?

Cable or hydraulic - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What kind of brake?

Braking Type - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Front Rotor Size?

Front Rotor = Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Rear Rotor Size?

Rear Rotor - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Pedals?

Type of Pedal - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Pedal Brand?

Pedal Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Seat Brand?

Seat Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Handlebar Type?

Handle Bar Type - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Handlebar material?

Handle Bar Material - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Handlebar Width?

Handlebar Width - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Handlebar Rise?

Handlebar Rise - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Do you plan on using bar-ends inside you controls for pushing?

Climbing Bars - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Brand of Grips?

Grips - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What bags did you use?

Types of Bags - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Bag Brands?

Bag Brands - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Logistics

Plans for getting to get to the Start?

Travel to Start - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Plans for getting home?

Travel Home - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Bike Transportation?

Bike Transportation - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Camping

Where did/do you plan to sleep?

Sleeping - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Type of Shelter?

Shelter - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

How many hours a day do you plan to rest/sleep? (on avg.)

Planned Sleep - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

How many hours did you actually sleep/rest (Veterans only)?

Actual Sleep - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Are you worried about bears?

Bears - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Do you plan on carrying bear spray?

Bear Spray - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

 Defenses against bears?

Bear Defense - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sleeping bag, Quilt, Other?

Sleeping Bag Type - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sleeping bag/Quilt Material (Fill)?

Sleeping Bag Fill - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sleeping Bag Rating?

Bag Rating - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sleeping Bag Brand?

Sleeping Bag Rating - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sleeping Pad Brand?

Sleeping Pad Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sleeping Pad Type?

Sleeping Pad Type - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Headlamp?

Headlamp - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Headlamp Brand?

Headlamp Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Headlamp Model?

Headlamp Model - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Do you plan to cook?

Cooking? - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Types of stoves: Propane, ISO, MSR Whisper Lite, Jetboil, and BRS Outdoor-3000T Amazon.

Water

Water Treatment?

Filtering? - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Filter brand?

Brand of Filter - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Water Carrying Capacity?

Water Capacity - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Water Delivery System?

Water Delivery - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Clothing

Shoe Brand?

Shoe Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Shoe Model?

Shoe Model - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Did you size up your shoes?

Shoe Size Up - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Helmet Brand?

Helmet Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Sunglasses Brand/Model?

Sunglass Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Type of top?

Type of Top - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Type of bottoms?

Type of Bottom - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Rain Jacket Brand/Model?

Rain Jacket Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What did you carry for clothes?

Clothes - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What did you carry for clothes? (Cont.)

Clothes - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Electronics

Power source?

Power Source - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

External Battery Brand? 

Battery Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

External Battery Size ie. mAH?

Battery Size - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Solar Panel Brand?

Solar Panel Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Generator Hub Brand?

Generator Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What Lighting System – Brand?

Light Brand - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

What Lighting System – Model?

Light Model - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

First Aid and Repair Kit

Repair Kit, What did/do you plan to carry?

Repair Kit - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

Repair Kit, Continued?

Repair Kit - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

First Aid Kit?

First Aid - Colorado Trail Rider Survey Results

MORE RESOURCES

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Gear lists from the AZT, TD and CTR; Pros & Cons; Things I’d do different; and Tips.

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