Custom Surly Long Haul Trucker Bikepacking Setup

Custom Surly Long Haul Trucker Bikepacking Setup

The best part of bike touring and bikepacking trips is rounding up gear. For me, I take time doing this and usually start a couple weeks before departure. This setup derived from past experience with gear used, over and under packing. For my first international bikepacking trip I packed half the kitchen sink. If you look at my earlier setups dating back to my 2014 first tour, you would know what I’m talking about. We project rainy days riding in the Colombian mountains so rain gear is a must. Mixed with smart wool tech shirts for hot days and my trusted 4 season Akto. I’m happy to say I have everything I need.

All items will be compartmentalized and packed in my Revelate Designs frame bag, handlebar bag, saddle bag & Osprey 18L backpack. Smaller items like food and electronics will be stored in waterproof bags and inside another bag which will be mounted to my handlebar system. I’ll do a follow up after our trip on how it performs. Chime in with a comment below if you have questions about this setup. Would love to know what some of you pack for extended international trips.


I went with the TRP Spyre SLC road disc brake for my bike. TRP crafted a fine piece of aluminum and carbon for this brake. It’s light weight, designed for road and cx but can take on mud and mixed conditions. I think this is a great match for the rider looking for a bit more quality, functionality, ease of use and longevity. I see no issues with this brake on the long haul trucker going forward.

What I like most about it is that it actuates both pads simultaneously. This is different than other systems I’ve seen for mechanical systems. What I mean is, when touring you want your bike to have a solid setup this way you can focus on the riding and being there. Also you want to be able to fix your bike in a barn in any event you have a brake down. A straight cable to the the disc brake and a few turns to mount and adjust the disc brake and set.

Adjustment is a fly with this brake. It will require a hex tool and allen wrench to mount. I have mine mounted up easily to my existing Avid brake lever. The pull is very nice on this brake. I have a Shimano 180mm disc center lock rotor which will provide better stopping power and extended pad life. The Spyre SLC disc brake makes for a nice addition to my setup. It should suit most disc touring frames and comes with additional mounting hardware.

I’ve been wanting to get new wheels built for a while. I had my eyes set on the Mavic A719 rims laced to Shimano XT Disc Hubs with DT spokes. I was also stoked that this was my first official set of wheels I built myself.

For me drivetrain was a battle of trail and error. From the stock triple, to a double to now a 1×11 setup. I think after riding in different locations and getting a feel for the terrain you can get a better feel for a setup that works best for me. I now run a 1×11/42. This new setup is a keeper. It’s clean, light, shifts smooth and low maintenance will be required.

Frame/ Fork
Surly Long Haul Trucker 56cm, Surly 4130 CroMo
Crankset/ Bottom Bracket
Shimano Deore
Shimano XTR M-980 Pedals
Shimano XT, Shimano 32t 1x 11/42 Cassette 11spd
Rear Shifter
Shimano XT SGS (Long Cage) 11spd
Shimano Koyak MTB Crossbar
Thomson Masterpiece, Specialized Toupe
Brakes/ Levers
Front: TRP Spyre SLC Disc, Rear: Shimano V-Brake, Avid
Wheels /Hub/Tire
Mavic A719 32h, Shimano XT Disc Hubs, DT Champion Spokes, WTB Riddler Tire 700×45 front/rear
Ergon GP2 Bar end grips, Outfitted with Revelate Designs bags

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Ridden & Written by

Dwayne Burgess (Manual Pedal)



  1. Kent

    Love this post, looking at a similar set up for my trucker. Awesome pics!

    • Dwayne Burgess

      Thank you! This bike is now retired after 4 years of riding. I have another build in the works. Such a great bike and can do whatever you throw at it.

  2. M

    Hi! Nice ride! Would you be able to fit fenders with the riddlers mounted on the 700c Trucker, or is the clearance too tight?

    • Dwayne Burgess

      Thanks for the kind words. You can for sure fit fenders. The Riddlers have pretty flat treads on the center and are pretty narror for a gravel grinder tire. Well, for the the 40c t least.

  3. Terry

    Nice article, thank you. Very curious to what disc fork you added to the LHT, I’m currently ditching the cr720’s on my LHT and moving to 8.4 mini-v but I did have the same though pattern to disc the front end.

    I know the strag/disc trucker fork (Pre 2021) does not have the same axle to crown and rake so also curious to ask how the bike handled and if any other geometry was affected?

    • Dwayne Burgess

      Hi Terry, thank you for the kind words. In terms of the Disc fork, it was the Surly pre-2000 model fork. It handled identically to the non-disc version. It was plug and play on this setup and everything ran flawlessly with the TRP mechanical brake.

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