#RoadtoDK: Tech Tips for Tim

When spending an entire day in saddle riding over an uncountable number of flint rocks trying to steal precious life from tires, not to mention unparalleled Kansas mud, equipment plays an outsized role in successfully getting through Dirty Kanza–there’s a mega amount of info to know.

Fortunately for Tim (and all of us) our colleague Neil is a gear guru. And while anything can go wrong with nearly every setup–such as the year Neil lined up with a rear derailleur and finished with a single speed–a bike up to the task is essential. Here are some good options.

1: Lauf True Grit– Seriously, who wouldn’t want a little suspension when riding hour after hour on such rugged terrain? Lauf’s new True Grit features 30mm of front suspension and a frame that can handle fat tires while still providing adequate mud clearance. It’s my go-to bike for this year’s event.

2: Open U.P.– Can’t go wrong with this setup for any gravel event. Clearance for 40c tires, ample bottle cage mounting options, and a weight that makes it competitive with any road bike out there. There will likely be more of these than any other brand at DK this year.

3: There are honestly so many good options these days that check all the boxes for a DK-worthy rig, including the Salsa Warbird, Specialized Diverge, and 3T Exploro. Big clearance and a worthy wheel/tire selection are the key things to be mindful of.