[Publisher’s Note: Justin is being coy when he writes about these adventure bikes and fails to mention his own participation in the 2012 Tour de Divide — and on a single speed bike, no less.]
Most – if not all the bikes being shown at this year’s NAHBS are head turners, and the variety of types of bikes and the journey their designers and builders took towards completion is just as unique. I couldn’t myself help from trying to overhear the conversations of attendants as they talk amongst themselves about these creations. Nowhere did these talks take on such a feeling of hushed excitement than when the attendants were talking about, and sometimes to, the bikepacking, expedition and snow bikes.
The Tour Divide, a 2700+ miles mountain bike race, traversing over the spine of the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Alberta Canada to the border station in Antelope Wells, NM – the majority of the route on undulating dirt roads is one of the supreme measuring sticks of endurance – not just for the rider, but for the bike as well. The race is sometimes becomes a rider’s passion and life dream, and when it comes to picking a rig to take you all the way, many turn to getting a custom job done.
Moots, of Steamboat Springs, CO, was showing off its latest Tour Divide-destined titanium wonder, almost eclipsed itself by its own trail maintenance bike (which we’ll get to, later)