Seth and Reily grew up together on Quadra Island in BC and have been friends their whole lives. When Riley planted the seed for an NZ bikepacking/cycle touring trip Seth was originally a bit hesitant, but after a few major life changes back in BC, he decided he was it was to good an opportunity to pass up. Tickets where booked and the quickest Rove dream build began.

Reily’s Rove is completely stock apart from the addition of the rear fender and rack and a set of Ortlieb panniers and a handlebar bag and a Birzman bento bag.

Seth’s Rove ST, though, is a frame-up build, and really is a dream bike packing gravel rig.
The heart of the drivetrain is an Easton EC90sl carbon crankset.

That’s connected to Shimano’s new 11-speed GRX gravel-specific rear derailleur.

The cockpit is built around a bar off a Kona Sutra LTD which is wrapped in the ever-popular SupCaz sticky bar tape. Shimano GRX levers control shiting and braking (via a set of GRX calipers).
The saddle is a from WTB and is their Silverado ST model.
The bike rolls on a set of STANS Grail MK3 wheels and wears a matching pair of WTB Riddler 37c tires.
Seth opted for a set of integrated Birzman frame bags for luggage, allowing room for a full-size Nalgene bottle in the front triangle via a Widefoot bottle cage.
An Ortlieb bar bag and Birzman travel cup holder ad more storage.
Seth has added Widefoot’s Cargo Mount to the Roves forks for those crazy hot long days where carrying water is important. He also has spare dry bags to carry any extra food or shopping on these versatile racks.
On the rear rack, he’s rocking a set of waterproof Ortlieb panniers as well as a drybag. A pair of Titan Straps hold down any extra items like his Giro Empires.