Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

The landscape of Australia is at the same time both harsh and lush and invites exploration. It’s a fact that’s not lost on Canberra’s Daniel Hunt, who founded Hunt Bikes with the express aim of encouraging bikepacking through this awe-inspiring country.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

Daniel has a background in Mechanical Engineering, a skill which has contributed towards Hunt Bikes and the production of a bikepacking-specific 29+ frameset and forks, ‘designed for Australian conditions’ — along with a range of bags and accessories.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

Hunt Bikes already has a range of bikepacking accoutrement listed on their website: Seat Packs, Handlebar Rolls and Pockets, Frame Bags, Fuel Tanks and Seat Post Pockets. They also provide an affordable titanium mug and a well-designed T-shirt.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

The hero of their range, however, and their raison d’être, is a double-butted cro-moly frame and fork. It’s a refreshing change to the ultra-modern stock offerings available to the two-wheeled adventurer these days.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

The Hunt Bikes 29er fits regular tyres but has the capacity for extra-wide 29+ rubber, thanks to a custom chainstay bridge. Manufactured from reliable cro-moly tubes, it’s going to stand up to a huge amount of abuse and still look the goods after a few thousand miles of rambling.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

The frame is ready for 160mm disc brakes and thru-axles, has a tapered steerer 44mm head tube and a press fit 30 bottom bracket. There’s no front mech mount, so you’re looking at a 1x setup. There’s no rack mounts, because that’s what frame bags are for.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

The Hunt Bikes frameset retails for AUD$1,300 and can be shipped anywhere in the world in under two weeks for free. Daniel places a massive emphasis on sustainability, using recycled cardboard boxes, and the frames are powder coated rather than sprayed with liquid paint.

Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker

Daniel has plans for bikepacking events too, the first being the Snowy Mountains 1000, a ride from Canberra to Melbourne, with a flexible departure date of the 27th November and a plan to arrive in Melbourne on the 3rd December. Hit the website for more details.

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Kosciuszko Dreaming: Hunt Bikes 29er Bikepacker