Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser

Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser

The boys at my local bike shop, City Bike Depot, have nearly finished building up a Black Sheep Bike for one of their team riders, Arran Pearson — who is also one of Australia’s top endurance cyclists. He’s going to race it in the 2013 Tour Divide, a 4,418km trek across the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. I managed to steal it away for a shoot before it was given a final breakdown and prep.

The Tour Divide is a premiere 20-day endurance cycling event, wending it’s way through the dirt roads and jeep trails of the Continental Divide of the Northern Americas. The route travels through the eastern states and a finishing rider will complete an elevation equivalent of climbing Mt Everest from sea-level seven times. Grizzly bears and mountain lions will be present to cheer him on.

Arran’s belt-driven, 29er Black Sheep is an offered model built to his personal geometry, with minor tweaks to the 800mm-wide bars and the custom racks that will weigh less than his dry bags. He’ll need to be completely self-sufficient whilst on the ‘road’, needing to find shelter each night or bivouac trail-side. A Supernova light system will be a constant companion, powering his Garmin and iPhone.

At this state, Arran was able to give the Black Sheep a test ride, before the City Bike Depot crew break it down, ti-prep every bolt and waterproof the electricals. It’ll be a dream bike for a dream ride: albeit single-stage, solo, self-timed and observed. You can follow his progress via his website, and learn more about the challenge on the Tour Divide site.

Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser
Black Sheep Great Divide Trail Cruiser