Here are the current results from the One of Seven Project Arizona Trail Rider Survey. The point of the survey is to help others. Not everyone who approaches the sport has the same level of knowledge.

Ultimately anyone looking to ride/race the AZT should do what works for them, but some times those with less confidence or knowledge look to others to confirm their own choices. If you’re one of these individuals, hopefully this survey will do just that or possibly make you rethink your current approach. Checkout our article on the Most Common Mistakes Bikepackers Make to further help with your decision making process.

The survey is pretty comprehensive but let’s face it, if it wasn’t what would be the point of it. Almost all the questions asked are questions you will find being asked in numerous forums across the internet. Finding those answers in forums can be hard and time consuming. Another goal of the survey was to gather all those questions and answers into one location.

The last goal was to help others by breaking down barriers and helping get them outside bikepacking.

If you haven’t taken the survey yet and would like to you can at the links below.

Part 1 – Bikes, Suspension, Tires & Wheels, Drivetrain, and Components

Part 2 – Navigation, Camping, Logistics, and Clothing

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Bike

What type of bike?

Type of Bike - Arizona Trail Rider Survey

Frame material?

arizona trail rider survey - Frame Material

Frame type?

arizona trail rider survey - Frame type

Suspension

Fork Brand/Model?

arizona trail rider survey - Suspension

Rocksox XX, Rockshox XX, Fox 34SC, Fox Factory 34, Fox Float 34, Salsa – Firestarter Boost Carbon, and Niner

Amount of front suspension?

arizona trail rider survey - Front Suspension

Amount of rear suspension?

Tires and Wheels

Wheel size?

arizona trail rider survey - Wheel Size

Tire size?

arizona trail rider survey - Tire Size

Rim material?

arizona trail rider survey - Rim Material

Rim width?

arizona trail rider survey - Rim width

Rim brand/model?

arizona trail rider survey - Rim brand

Stans Flow, Stans ZTR Arch, Stans MK3 Arch, DTSwiss 1501, Velocity Blunt SS, Specialized Nextie, and Ibis 942 Carbon Logo

Hub brand/model?

arizona trail rider survey - Hubs

I9 Torch, SP-8 Dynamo, DT Swiss 240, DT Swiss 350, Stan’s Neo, SON 32 Boost, Shimano Deore 32 and Hope Pro4 (32h)

Tubes or Tubeless?

arizona trail rider survey - tubeless

Tire Brand?

arizona trail rider survey - Tire Brand

Tire Model?

arizona trail rider survey - Tire Model

Drivetrain

Which Brand?

arizona trail rider survey - Drivetrain Brand

Gearing?

arizona trail rider survey - gearing

#of Rear Cogs?

arizona trail rider survey - rear cog

Front Ring(s)?

arizona trail rider survey - front ring

Rear Cog Range?

arizona trail rider survey - rear cog range

Shifters?

arizona trail rider survey - shifters

Components

What brand of brakes?

arizona trail rider survey - brakes

What model of brakes?

arizona trail rider survey - Brake Model

Hydraulic or Cable?

arizona trail rider survey - type of brakes

What kind of brake?

arizona trail rider survey - type of brakes

Front Rotor Size?

arizona trail rider survey - front Rotor size

Rear Rotor Size?

arizona trail rider survey - rear Rotor size

Pedals?

arizona trail rider survey - Pedal Type

Pedal Brand?

arizona trail rider survey - Pedal Brand

Seat Brand?

arizona trail rider survey - seat Brand

Handlebar Type?

arizona trail rider survey - Handlebar Type

Handlebar material?

arizona trail rider survey - Handlebar Material

Handlebar Width (mm =MTB/ CM =Drop)?

arizona trail rider survey - Handlebar Rise

Handlebar Width?

arizona trail rider survey - Handlebar width

Handlebar Rise?

arizona trail rider survey - Handlebar Rise

Plan to use bar-ends inside you controls for pushing (HAB)?

arizona trail rider survey - Climbing barends

Brand of Grips?

arizona trail rider survey - Grip Brand

What bags did you use?

arizona trail rider survey - Bags

Bag Brands?

arizona trail rider survey - Bag brands

Logistics

Plans for getting to get to the Tucson?

arizona trail rider survey - transportation

Getting from the finish to civilization?

arizona trail rider survey - getting to and from the trail

Plans for getting home?

arizona trail rider survey - getting home from trail

Bike Transportation?

arizona trail rider survey - bike transportation

Grand Canyon

Are you or did ship trail runners to yourself to hike the Grand Canyon?

arizona trail rider survey - trail runners

How did you or what’s your plan on carrying your bike though the Grand Canyon?

arizona trail rider survey - grand canyon

Did you or will you carry the harness with you or ship it to Grand Canyon Village?

arizona trail rider survey - bike harness

Camping

Where did/do you plan to sleep?

arizona trail rider survey - sleeping

Type of Shelter?

arizona trail rider survey - shelter

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

arizona trail rider survey - hours of sleep

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

arizona trail rider survey - hours of sleep

Worried about snakes or other poisonous critters?

arizona trail rider survey - poisonous critters

Sleeping bag, Quilt, Other?

arizona trail rider survey - sleeping bag/quilt

Sleeping bag/Quilt Material (Fill)?

Sleeping Bag Fill Material - Arizona Trail Rider Survey

Sleeping Bag Rating?

Sleeping Bag Rating - Arizona Trail Rider Survey

Sleeping Pad Brand/Model?

arizona trail rider survey - sleeping pads

Thermarest Neo Air, ZLite, and Prolite, Klymit Recon X Frame, and REI Flash

Headlamp?

arizona trail rider survey - headlamps
Petzl RXP, CeCo 1000, and Black Diamond

Do you plan to cook?

arizona trail rider survey - Stoves
Tiny Chinese burner, and Alcohol

Water

Water Treatment?

arizona trail rider survey - water treatment

Water Carrying Capacity?

arizona trail rider survey - water capacity

Water Delivery System?

arizona trail rider survey - water delivery

Clothing

Shoes Brand/Model?

arizona trail rider survey - shoes

Giro Terafirma, Giro Terraduro, Specialized Rhime, and Pearl Izumi X-alp.

Did you size up your shoes?

arizona trail rider survey - shoes

Helmet Brand/Model?

arizona trail rider survey - helmets

IXS Trail, Giro Hex, Giro Savant MIPS, Giro Montero, and POC Trabec.

Sunglasses Brand/Model?

arizona trail rider survey - sunglasses

Julbo Aero, Smith Attack Max, Oakley Radar Path, and Oakley Flak perscription w/ Photochromic lenses

Type of top?

arizona trail rider survey - shirts

Type of bottoms?

arizona trail rider survey - bottoms

Rain Jacket Brand/Model?

arizona trail rider survey - rain jackets

Outdoor Research Helium

What did you carry for clothes?

arizona trail rider survey - clothing list

Electronics

Power source?

arizona trail rider survey - Power sources

External Battery Brand? (include size ie. mAh)?

arizona trail rider survey - Power Sources

Generator Hub Brand?

arizona trail rider survey - Generator hub brand

What Lighting System – Brand?

arizona trail rider survey - Light System

First Aid and Repair Kit

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

First Aid Kit?

arizona trail rider survey - first aid

MORE RESOURCES

Read these next or checkout the main resource page.

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

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