We think a dual suspension bike with about 120mm – 160mm of travel front and rear is ideal. We’ve ridden 26ers 27.5ers and 29ers and loved them all but most riders get the most from trail-oriented 29ers and 27.5ers. We don’t recommend hard-tails on the tour – they’re far too punishing for multi-day epic riding. You can hire a good quality full suspension bike in Colorado for between US$70 – $100 per day (depending on how much carbon you need). Talk to us about if you’re thinking about this as it’s not as simple as you would expect to arrange yourself, but we can make it work. Some guests buy new bikes to be there when they arrive – we can help with this if you’re considering it. While this can be a good option if you have other travel plans before or after your tour, we otherwise think it’s a good idea to bring your own bike, because you are familiar with it and you know how it handles.
We like dropper-posts a lot. If you don’t have one, seriously think about getting one before the trip or talk to us about why. The increase in safety and fun (and speed if you’re looking for more) can’t be underestimated.
Single-ring drivetrains are great for simplicity and we use them guiding. But…you need a small enough climbing gear to overcome the big climbs and the oxygen-sapping altitude. We wouldn’t go bigger than 30 tooth, for either 29ers or 27.5ers. 28 tooth and even 26 tooth rings are valid options…
Tyres: for most riders, tyres with strong sidewalls are good. For most riders, tyres with lightweight and flimsy sidewalls are bad – unless you like walking from just after the start of the first rocky descent! We’ll give you more advice on particular tyres and types of tyre that are suitable for different riders when you book.