Posted by Lucas Winzenburg
Words and photos by Bryce Webster (@webstar999)
My name is Bryce Webster, and I’m a copywriter living in Calgary, Alberta. I’ve always loved riding, from building really sketchy jumps on my street as a child, to dabbling in some club racing in university. After graduating from The University of Georgia, I moved back up to Calgary and started to really get into cycling again, both mountain and road. I met the late Ryan Correy at the Calgary Bike Show a few years back, and we got to chatting about the type of riding that he did. I was immediately interested, but didn’t really have any serviceable gear to get out and try it right away.
A year and half later, I had amassed a full kit of Revelate gear, the right camping equipment and a set of 29+ wheels for my fat bike. I only have a handful over overnighters under my belt so far, but I’ve got my eyes on some sort of bikepacking event next summer, whether its the BC Epic, the AR700, or just touring a section of the GDMBR.
This bike originally belonged to my dad. After a year living in Ontario, he ended up moving back to Atlanta and not needing a fatbike (something about a lack of snow?). It seemed like a strong contender for a summer bike with a 29+ wheelset, which were built up by ProWheelBuilder.com, out of Georgia as well. The bike came with a 1×10 setup, but I swapped all that out for a mix of SRAM NX and GX 12 speed parts last winter. It’s now a much better climber when fully loaded. When winter rolls around, I swap the cassette back to the 26 inch wheelset for snow—VeeTire Snowshoes with studs help me deal with the constant freeze/thaw we have in Calgary.
All of the bags and harness are Revelate, and I love them. They’re stable, tough as nails and just flat out work. The feedbags were late additions, and I’m absolutely sold on them now. Even on shorter rides, I find myself using them to pack extra water or snacks.
- Frame/Fork RSD Mayor frame / RSD carbon fork
- Rims Easton ARC 40
- Hubs Hope FatSno in Purple
- Tires Maxxis Minion DHR/DHF, 29×3.0
- Handlebars Easton
- Headset Cane Creek
- Crankset RaceFace Cinch Fat, 28T chainring
- Cassette SRAM NX 11-50T
- Derailleur SRAM GX
- Brakes Shimano XT
- Shifter(s) SRAM GX
- Saddle WTB Volt
- Seatpost Easton
- Stem Easton
- Front bags Revelate Harness, OR Dry Bag, Revelate Egress Pocket
- Frame bags Revelate Ranger
- Rear bags Revelate Terrapin 14L
- Accessory bags 2x Revelate Feedbags + Magtank
- Other accessories 2x Voile Straps for carrying fuel bottle on downtube
While the original BB7 brakes were decent and easy to find parts for, I ended up swapping to some Shimano XT brakes this summer. It’s made some of the long descents here in the Rockies a lot easier on the hands. While I built this up as a winter and bikepacking rig, I think I put more miles on this bike over the course of the year than my full-suspension bike. It’s simple, and it climbs like a goat. Last week I did make the mistake of taking down a couple black diamond trails though and I definitely found the limits of a rigid bike. The frame held up fine. My back? Not so much.
You can find Bryce on Instagram @webstar999.
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