This week on Reader’s Rig, we glance at Colton Berk’s Bombtrack Beyond 1, named Belafonte, whose maiden voyage was along the 365-mile Oregon Outback route. Read on for details…

I’m Colton Berk, and I’m from Bend, Oregon, where I work as a barista and pour beers for outdoor festivals. I’ve been commuting by bike for a while, but a couple years back I spent a summer in North Dakota, and during my time there I hosted some cyclists who were touring across the US. It was the first time I learned you could do that, just tour around with nothing but your bike, and I’d been wanting to do it ever since.

Bombtrack Beyond 1, Colton Berk

Last year, I’d been talking about ordering a bike from my local shop for a few months, and while I was researching bikes I thought, “might as well make it off road capable, too.” That’s how I landed on the Bombtrack. While I was in the middle of saving for one, my old Fuji commuter bike’s rear hub exploded one day as I was riding home, so I figured it was time I finally get my order in, if a bit earlier than planned. In the past, I’ve only ever owned used bikes, so getting a new one was quite a trip. I named him Belafonte and the bike has garnered a lot of attention, being the only Bombtrack in town.

Living in Bend allows you to finish work and just hop straight onto some trails and camp. Last year, I went out on an overnighter pretty much anytime I could. And along with the help of some friends, we started a Coffee Outside chapter in town.

My first big tour was last September, when I completed the Oregon Outback during the first week of the month. A few of us started together, but due to some unfortunate circumstance I had to finish it solo. This coming summer, I hope to get into more gravel grinders and group rides, and I’d like to do something like the Cross-Washington Mountain Bike Route (XWA) in the future.

  • Bombtrack Beyond 1, Colton Berk, Rogue Panda
  • Bombtrack Beyond 1, Colton Berk, Brooks B17
  • Frame/Fork Bombtrack Beyond 1 (Large)
  • Rims WTB STP i19
  • Hubs BT Bikes “Title-Disc”
  • Tires Terravail Sparwood 29 x 2.25″ tubeless
  • Handlebar BT Bikes “Beyond”
  • Crankset SRAM X5
  • Cassette SRAM 10-speed 11-36T
  • Derailleur(s) SRAM X5 Front, SRAM GX Rear
  • Brakes TRP Spyre C
  • Shifter(s) SRAM Apex
  • Saddle Brooks B17
  • Front Rack CETMA
  • Front Bag(s) Swift Portuer Bag
  • Rear Bag(s) Dirtbags Bikepacking “Minimalist Seatbag” + Oveja Negra Lunchbox
  • Accessory Bag(s) Rogue Panda rolltop frame bag, Oveja Negra XL Snack Pack, Chuckbucket x2
  • Bombtrack Beyond 1, Colton Berk, Oregon Outback
  • Bombtrack Beyond 1, Colton Berk, Oregon Outback
  • Bombtrack Beyond 1, Colton Berk, Rogue Panda

You can find Colton on Instagram @coltron_and_company.

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