Posted by Lucas Winzenburg
Words by Nacho Pellejero (@natxop)
I’m Ignacio “Nacho” Pellejero, I was born in Caracas and raised in Euskadi. In 2016, I considered the possibility of carrying out a dream I always thought impossible (or at least very difficult) to achieve: to get rid of everything and travel around the world, getting to know different places, cultures, and people. It was something that didn’t go entirely into my head but that was always circling inside me.
I’ve been an athlete since childhood but I never considered the possibility of traveling by bicycle. This is my first great trip, the journey of my life. Getting out of my “comfort zone” and undertaking this adventure has been one of the most satisfying decisions I’ve made to this day.
When I started this trip with my companion Simon, creating 260litros, we though about going from southern Patagonia to Peru in six months, but as days passed we started to feel that this could be our way of living for the next years and decided to keep on going until Alaska, for the moment. Nowadays, after more than two years, 10 Andes crossing, five countries, and more than 16,000 kms, we reached Peru and are excited to continue with new experiences along the wildest trails for next countries.
I’m the one in charge of searching for new routes as we ride along, so my nights in the tent before sleeping are usually in front of a map. One of my personal goals, besides adventure and living a dream life, is to search for new routes that have never been ridden before via bikerafting, which is something we have recently taken up in Peru. Being able to get further off the beaten path is one main reasons for changing our way of traveling last year, turning from bike touring into a bikepacking set up and adding a packraft to it.
- Frame Tout Terrain Outback (L)
- Fork Rockshox Revelation 130mm
- Headset Cane Creek 40 Tapered
- Rims Ryde Edge 30
- Hubs Shimano XT 32H Boost (front), Pinion H2R (rear)
- Tires WTB Ranger 3.0″
- Handlebar Black Label 720mm by ToutTerrain
- Grips Black Label Ergo 720mm by ToutTerrain
- Crankset Pinion 175mm w/ 32T belt carrier
- Cog Gates Carbon Drive CDX 32T
- Belt Gates Carbon Drive CDX 115t
- Brakes Shimano SLX
- Shifter(s) Pinion
- Saddle Selle Royal Dardo
- Seatpost 30.9mm Black Label by Tout Terrain
- Stem Black Label by Tout Terrain, 75mm
Finding the “perfect” set up for the kind of journey we’re on wasn’t an easy task, and we are still working toward getting everything precisely dialed in. Thanks to support from Tout Terrain, we’ve been testing the Outback for the past five months on some of the hardest trails in Peru, high up in the mountains and deep in the jungle. They’re performing incredibly. The Outback is a hardtail 27.5+ frame with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, meaning there’s no need to fuss with maintenance more than once a year or every 100,000km. We’d also like to thank Ortlieb for outfitting us with bags from the very beginning of our adventure.
You can follow long with Nacho (@natxop) and Simon (@simonsaysadventure) on their personal Instagrams, or on their trip’s joint account @260litros. And don’t miss our full review of the Tout Terrain Outback and our growing list of bikepacking routes in South America.
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