After one year and three months cycling from the Netherlands to Singapore, our equipment has changed considerably. We’ve ditched many items we thought we could not do without on a long tour. The biggest change is perhaps is our bicycles, however, we still think the Surly Long Haul Truckers were a good choice for Europe and Asia. Since we especially enjoyed the off-road sections, we opted for another bicycle that would make cycling these roads even more fun!

Robert’s Surly Krampus XL  

Headset: Cane Creek 40
Bracket: SRAM DUB
Cranks: SRAM NX Boost
Chainring: SRAM Boost 28T Steel
Chain: Shimano 11sp
Mechanical disc brakes: TRP Spyke
Brake levers: Avid
Wheels: WTB Kom i45 Tough rims, DT Comp spokes, Prolock nippels, DT Swiss 350 hubs
Casette: Sunrace 11-50
Shifter: Microshift 11 Topmount
Derailler: Shimano SLX M7000
Tires: WTB Ranger 29×3 Tough
Seatpost and stem: Salsa
Handlebar: Jones H-bar Loop w/ Ergon grips
Saddle: Brooks B17
Pedals: Shimano XT M8020

Lynn’s Surly Krampus Medium 

Headset: Cane Creek 40
Bracket: SRAM DUB
Cranks: SRAM NX Boost
Chainring: SRAM Boost 28T Steel
Chain: Shimano 11sp
Mechanical disc brakes: TRP Spyke
Brake levers: Avid
Wheels: WTB Kom i45 Tough rims, DT Comp spokes, Prolock nippels, DT Swiss 350 hubs
Casette: Sunrace 11-50
Shifter: Microshift 11 Topmount
Derailler: Shimano SLX M7000
Tires: WTB Ranger 29×3 Tough
Seatpost and stem: Salsa
Handlebar: Jones H-bar Loop w/ Esi grips
Saddle: Brooks B17
Pedals: Shimano XT M8020

Reviews

Things we liked

Surly bicycles (versatile, durable, innovative, fun bicycles!)
MSR Guardian water purifier (super fast and reliable purifier)
MSR Hubba tent series (our Mutha Hubba served us for many years and we are happy to buy the 2-man version soon)
Anker solar panel and battery packs (A solar panel and battery pack lasted us 15 months and still going strong, which is pretty good!)
Lezyne floor drive pump (screw-on type of pump which makes it easier to pump alone, plus a gauge-meter)
Blackburn Bikepacking gear (durable and inexpensive bikepacking gear)
Revolution Race clothing (durable, inexpensive, great fit)
Nalgene water bottles (durable, easy to clean, work with our MSR purifier)

Things we didn’t like

MSR Whisperlite stove (great for shorter trips but gave too many problems after months of cooking, despite having a repair kit, and the plastic pump is the worst)
Topeak Bikepacking bags (inexpensive but the quality is not good, zippers broke after a few weeks)
Topeak Road Morph pump (though many people like this pump we always had a hard time to pump, keep it on the valve and get good pressure)
Five Ten MTB shoes (soles didn’t last long for shoes that are made for flat pedals….)
Teflon cookware (easy to clean but scratches will happen no matter how careful you are)
Merino T-shirts… (nice to wear but the Merino fabric will break and stretch within a year)