Pass Hunter Build List - All Road Gravel Randonneur with Carbon Fork


"All road" bike / gravel randonneur / hill climber inspired by D2R2.  I wanted something light and fast, but strong enough to handle my ~270lb rider weight if the going gets a little rough-- If one hasn't heard of D2R2, I live, basically right next to most of the routes and those roads are my daily rides.  I was wanting a light and stiff bike that would be super comfortable on the well-maintained gravel of New England, but hide wide enough tires and high enough trail that it could also tackle brief forays on deeply-rutted, rocky, and barely maintained woods roads and wide hiking trails we frequently use to link up routes here. I live in the hills and mountains and have a goal of climbing a bunch of the famous northern Appalachian passes, and this is the bike I have been wanting to do it.  Given the bike parts shortage and my own Yankee-thrift tendencies, my goal was also to re-use as many parts I had sitting around as possible.  I did, however, focus this build around the very economical but well-performing Sensah Empire drivetrain.

Frame Pass Hunter, XL with Rodeo Labs 1.2 Spork Fork
Crankset Sugino VP with 44T IRD Lobo outer ring. 28 tooth steel inner ring
Bottom Bracket
IRD 95, 122mm
Shimano PD-A520
WTB KOM i25 650B laced to SON Deluxe 32H front and DT Swiss 350 10-speed rear hub with lowest star-ratchet count
Compass Switchback Hills 650Bx48
Tubes Tubeless
Rim Tape Tubeless
Handlebar Nouveau Randonneur, 46cm
Handlebar Grips
Newbaums tape over Fizzik gel pads
Handlebar Plugs Alloy, Silver
Stem 31.8mm Threadless, 110mm w/ custom painted spacers
Headset 1 1/8" Threadless, Silver
Shifters Sensah Empire 2x11sp
Derailleurs Sensah Empire 11sp Rear Deralleur, 
Shimano 105 FD5801
Cassette 11-36t 11 speed Cassette w/ Wolf Tooth Road Link
Shift Housing Green, unknown vendor
Brake Levers Sensah, integrated
Brakes Avid BB7S Road, Ice Tech Rotors
Brake Housing Green, unknown vendor
Selle Italia
Nitto zero-offset 2-bolt seatpost
Fenders N/A
Fender Accessories N/A
Racks Randonneur with Integrated Decaleur
Bags Randonneur Handlebar Rack, discontinued color
Water Bottle Cage Moderniste + King Cage Iris
Water Bottles Local Bike Shop
Bell N/A
  • Front: B&M IQX from
  • Rear: Spanninga Pixeo
  • Wiring is 22AWG teflon coated, 2 strands with lots of banana connectors.  Helicopter tape along bottom of downtube, then ground to frame at BB and positive conductor routed through BB along chainstay to vent hole at rear dropout.  Rear light grounded to frame.