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The Trans Am Bike Race

Ultra endurance specialist Darren Franks reveals the bike, kit and components he’s chosen to tackle the epic self-supported 4,300 mile adventure across 10 States of America, the Trans Am Bike Race.

Pic 1: Dry weather  |  Pic 2: Wet weather  |  Pic 3: Inflatable pad  |  Pic 4: Bivy bag & half sleeping bag  |  Pic 5: Down Jacket

The Bike

J.Laverack J.ACK II Di2, ÆRA Dynamo Fork, ÆRA AR|46 Carbon wheel with Son Schmidt dynamo hub, 3rd bottle cage on underside of downtube, Supernova dynamo lights, Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, Absolute Black chain rings, 3T carbon handlebars with Profile Design TT bar extensions, Power Tap P1 pedals, Apidura and Alpkit Luggage.


A selection of kit from Rapha, Castelli, Specialized, Seal Skinz, Assos, Buff, Gore, Smith Optics and Quechua.


Rab ultra lightweight bivy bag, Klymit Inertia inflatable sleeping pad and PHD half bag & down jacket.

Essential Kit

Crankalicious chain wipes, Schrader-Presta adapter, Topeak multitool, KMC quick links, Lezyne carbon mini pump, Leatherman Skeletool, SiS Electrolyte tabs, Sudocrem skin repair cream, Piz Buin sun cream, Apple iPod for Spotify music playlists & audio books, Anker battery pack, spare cleat & seat post clamp bolts, Tubeless tyre plugs, boots, tubes & patches, cable ties, tape & Superglue, titanium spork, sanitising wipes, probiotics, vitamins, Migraleve and Ibuprofen, Revolut borderless credit card.

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