Dane from Australia has become our REID Rider of the Month for October on his Vice 1.0 after catching our eye on Instagram with some awesome shots! We caught up with Dane, to find out a little bit more about him and his bike...
You caught our eye on Instagram with this amazing picture after a bike packing adventure, tell us about it...
So what made you choose REID and why the Vice 1.0?
We made the mistake of hiring bikes to ride around Iceland and had a lot of problems with them as we went so I didn't want to have to deal with that on my next trip. Also, after the Iceland trip I was totally addicted to bike packing and wanted my own set up to start adventuring a lot more. When I got back to Australia I started looking for suitable bikes and happened across the REID bikes and loved what I saw. The bikes were loaded with features, built really strong which suited what I planned to do and were great value. The Vice 1.0 stood out to me straight away because of the Plus tyres and the black and white colour design. It looked amazing and with the rigid forks, 27.5" tyres and disc brakes it meant I would be able to take it long distances on bike packing adventures, let the tyres down and ride it on the beaches and also throw it into some single tracks. It's a great all-rounder which suits me perfectly.
How was the Vice 1.0 treated you?
It's been brilliant so far. Strong, durable, eye-catching and it has handled everything I've thrown at it this far.
What and where have you been with it?
So far I have taken it down single track, highways, beaches, over-nighter trips and everything in between. I love the fact that I can ride anywhere with it and just adjust the inflation of the tyres to suit. The front forks feel bomb-proof so I have no worries hitting some steeper single tracks with it and it's just as comfortable when riding long distances. I am excited to take it out on an extended trip in the next few months.
Do you have any other future adventures planned?
There are always future adventures planned haha. I will be doing another few smaller trips this year and then early next year my brother and I are planning a 4 week bike packing trip from the Easternmost point of mainland Australia - Byron Bay, to the Southernmost point of Wilson's Promontory in Victoria. The exact route isn't set yet but it's looking to be around the 2000km mark. We will be camping out the whole way and trying to do it as light weight as possible. He also rides a REID Vice 1.0 but has front shocks, so it will be a great test for the bikes and also for us. We plan to raise money for a charity and donate it all after finishing so we are both excited to get the details fine-tuned and get it underway.
Also on the cards for next year is a bike packing trip through Mongolia, so 2019 is going to be a fantastic year if all goes to plan.
Finally, what advice would you give to those who have never been on a biking adventure or even a bike?
I would say that the most important thing is just getting out there and getting in to it. You don't need the best bike with all the latest gadgets and best equipment. They certainly make things a little more comfortable but at the end of the day you will be riding the same path no matter what bike your on and you are still going to make it to the end of the journey. When we cycled around Iceland neither of us trained (Che had actually never cycled more than 10kms haha), we hired bikes and we figured it out as we went. It was tough and didn't always go to plan but we made it, had an amazing adventure and that is all that matters in the end. So take whatever bike you have available (borrow one if needed), throw a backpack on your shoulders with the essentials and set off to have some fun.
- Dialled performance trail geometry on a lightweight alloy frame. Tapered headtube and front/rear rack mounts for those bike packing adventures.
- Suntour XCR suspension forks with 15mm thru axle for extra rigidity on the front end to inspire confidence on the trails.
- Features a slack 68 degree head angle, 760mm wide bars and short 60mm stem for hitting technical sections at pace.
- Shimano Altus 2×9 gearing (11-34T cassette) and a Prowheel double chainset with 28/40T chainring sizes.
- The big rubber on a 27+ lets you tweak your setup to largely compensate for the loss of suspension in the front when hitting the rough stuff. The frame is suspension corrected though making the addition of suspension forks an easy upgrade down the track.
- Tektro Mechanical Disc brakes (180mm front, 160mm rear) for strong, reliable control and stopping power.
- Big traction from 2.8” wide Kenda Havoc Sport tyres mounted to double walled 27.5+ specific 40mm wide rims.
- Lifetime frame warranty for your peace of mind, and one year on non-consumable parts.