The results are in for the One of Seven Project Tour Divide Rider Survey (As of 5/29/19). The point of this survey is to help others plan and take some of the guess work out of riding/racing the Tour Divide. Not all of us who approach bikepacking have the same level of knowledge.

At the end of the day, those looking to race/ride the Tour Divide or GDMBR should do whatever works for them. At the same times those with less confidence or knowledge looking to others to confirm their own choices, should still test different gear to see what works for them. Nothing beats experience!

The hope is this survey will possibly make the whole process easier. Checkout our article on the Most Common Mistakes Bikepackers Make to further help with your decision making process.

The Tour Divide Rider Survey was made to be pretty comprehensive. If it wasn’t what would be the point. You’ll find almost all the questions asked to be ones people ask in forums. The issue 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.

If you haven’t taken the Tour Divide Rider 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?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bike Type

Frame material?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bike Type

Frame type?

Tour Divide rider survey - Frame Type

Suspension

Fork Brand/Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Fork Brand/Model

Singlaur Hummingbird, Salsa Firestarter, Bearclaw, Fargo and Cutthroat, Niner RDO, Lauf TR, Boost, and Carbonara, Curve 29er BP15, Carver 29er +, Cannondale Lefty

Amount of front suspension?

Tour Divide rider survey - Front Suspension

Amount of rear suspension?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rear Suspension

Tires and Wheels

Wheel size?

Tour Divide rider survey - Wheel Size

Tire size?

Tour Divide Rider Survey - Tire Size

Rim material?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rim Material

Rim width?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rim Width

Rim brand/model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rim Brand/Model

Stans Arch, Crest CB4; DTSwiss 1501, EX 511 and XMC1200; Sun Ringle Duroc 50; Bontrager Kovee; Cannondale CZero; HPlus Son Hydra 

Hub brand/model?

Tour Divide Rider Survey - Hub Brand

(1) 24H, (7) 28H, (12) 32H, and (2) 36H

Tubes or Tubeless?

arizona trail rider survey - tubeless

Tire Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Tire Brand

Tire Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Tire Model

Drivetrain

Which Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Drivetrain Brand

Gearing?

Tour Divide rider survey - gearing

#of Rear Cogs?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rear Cog

Front Ring(s)?

Tour Divide rider survey - Front Rings

Rear Cog Range?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rear Cog Range

Shifters?

Tour Divide rider survey - Shifter Type

Components

What brand of brakes?

Tour Divide rider survey - Brake Brand

What model of brakes?

Tour Divide rider survey - Brake Model

Hydraulic or Cable?

Tour Divide rider survey - Cable or Hydraulic

What kind of brake?

arizona trail rider survey - type of brakes

Front Rotor Size?

Tour Divide rider survey - Front Rotor Size

Rear Rotor Size?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rear Rotor Size

Pedals?

Tour Divide rider survey - Pedal Type

Pedal Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Pedal Brand

Seat Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Seat Brand

Handlebar Type?

Tour Divide rider survey - Handle Bar Type

Handlebar material?

Tour Divide rider survey - Handle Bar Material

Handlebar Width?

Tour Divide rider survey - Handle Bar Width

Handlebar Rise?

Tour Divide rider survey - Handle Bar Rise

Aero Bar Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Aero Bar Brand

Aero Bar Rise?

Tour Divide rider survey - Aero Bar Rise

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

Tour Divide rider survey - HAB Bars

Brand of Grips?

Tour Divide rider survey - Grip Brand

What bags did you use?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bags Used

Bag Brands?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bags Brands

Logistics

Plans for getting to get to the Start?

Tour Divide rider survey -Transportation to Start

Plans for getting home?

Tour Divide rider survey -Transportation from Finish

Bike Transportation?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bike Transportation

Camping

Where did/do you plan to sleep?

Tour Divide rider survey - Camping Options

Type of Shelter?

Tour Divide rider survey - Type of Shelter

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

Tour Divide rider survey - Planned Sleep

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

Tour Divide rider survey - Actual Sleep

Are you worried about bears?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bears

Do you plan on carrying bear spray?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bear Spray?

 Defenses against bears?

Tour Divide rider survey - Defense against Bears?

Sleeping bag, Quilt, Other?

Tour Divide rider survey - Sleeping Bag Type?

Sleeping bag/Quilt Material (Fill)?

Tour Divide rider survey - Sleeping Bag Fill Material?

Sleeping Bag Rating?

Tour Divide rider survey - Sleeping Bag Rating?

Sleeping Pad Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Sleeping Pad Brand?

Headlamp?

Tour Divide rider survey - Headlamp?

Headlamp Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Headlamp Brand?

Headlamp Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Headlamp Model?

Do you plan to cook?

Tour Divide rider survey - Cooking?

Water

Water Treatment?

Tour Divide rider survey - Water Treatment?

Water Carrying Capacity?

Tour Divide rider survey - Water Delivery?

Water Delivery System?

Tour Divide rider survey - Water Capacity?

Clothing

Shoes Brand/Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Shoe Brand?

Did you size up your shoes?

Tour Divide rider survey - Did you size up your shoes?

Helmet Brand/Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Helmet Brand?

Bell Super; Bontrager Wavecel Blaze; Giro Hex, Montaro, Synthe; Kask Protone; and Specialized Echelon II

Sunglasses Brand/Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Sunglasses Brand?

Julbo Aero; Oakley Crossrange, Jawbone, Radar; Adidas Evil Eye, and WX z87-2+ (prescription)

Type of top?

Tour Divide rider survey - Type of Top?

Type of bottoms?

Tour Divide rider survey - Bottom Type?

Rain Jacket Brand/Model?

Tour Divide rider survey - Rain Jacket Brand?

Outdoor Research Helium

What did you carry for clothes?

Tour Divide rider survey - Clothes Worn?

Electronics

Power source?

Tour Divide rider survey - Power Source?

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

Tour Divide rider survey - External Battery Brand?

Solar Panel Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Solar Panel Brand?

Generator Hub Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Generator Hub Brand?

What Lighting System – Brand?

Tour Divide rider survey - Light System Brand?

First Aid and Repair Kit

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

Tour Divide rider survey - Repair Kit?

First Aid Kit?

Tour Divide rider survey - First Aid Kit?

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