The truth is that there is no ‘BEST’ set up for the Great Divide Route.
It’s easy to get carried away researching equipment online. Before you know it, you’ve ended up forking over 4,000 dollars for the latest bike with full suspension and an integrated USB charging feature. Rest assured, with a little tinkering, the trusty steed you’ve got in the garage can probably tackle the Great Divide.
Sure, trendy bikepacking gear looks cool, but it’s not essential. You can dust off those panniers, fit your old bike with some robust tires and still make it all the way to Antelope Wells.