When Ed Worcester says his Ti Raijin is a do everything bike he’s not joking. As you’ll see, and read, below his Raijin bucks the adage “Jack of All Trades – Master of None”  and creates its own “Master of them All” tag line.

My first generation Raijin is my do everything bike.  Whether riding flowy trails in Bend, the steep and deeps of Corvallis, or long rides in to the Oakridge sunset, the Raijin does it all.  When the time came to build it up, many parts were procured from the deep dark corners of friend’s basements.  The Syntace bars just feel and look right to me,  A 35mm stem holds the bars (replacing an 80mm Thompson stem).  The idea of a 35mm stem seemed extreme to me at first, but I can’t imagine running anything longer now.  The XT cranks and a Race Face 30t chainring power the Sunrace 11-42 cassette. The SLX derailleur and shifter do their jobs just fine.  A 27.2 Gravity Dropper Turbo rapidly turns this bike from XC machine to a big BMX.  Wheels are Mavic 719 rims laced to a Chris King front and XT rear hub.  A 2.35 Panaracer Rampage feels perfect up front, while the 2.2 Conti Xking in back is a little narrow for my taste, but it works.  With the addition of some home-made bike bags, the Raijin is ready for weekend trips. This bike does it all.  It rips, and it’s a keeper.

DSC_9837Old XT cranks fitted with a Race Face 30t narrow-wide ring,  and a 10 speed SLX 10spd with Sunrace 11-42t cassette make up the drivetrain.

DSC_9861 Allow myself to introduce myself. The original gravity dropper… The Gravity Dropper Turbo (easy maintenance and 27.2)  handles up down duties while WTB’s Shadow saddle keeps things cush.

DSC_9866A 35mm long Syncros stem hold the Syntace FL10 740mm wide flatbar.

DSC_9849 Mavic 719 rims are laced to a Chris King front hub and XT rear.DSC_9941

The tires comprise of a Panaracer Rampage 2.35 up front and a Continental Xking 2.2. out back. The bags are homemade on an old Singer, Xpac fabric.

seat-bagA few backpacking trips sparked my interest in bikepacking. I started to dream about riding from town, camping and fly fishing for a night, and then riding trails back to town. I knew my Raijin would be the perfect rig, it just needed a few bags. I wanted a simple setup – a bar bag to carry a sleeping bag, a seat bag to carry my lightweight tent, and a frame bag to carry my tools, spares, and cooking gear.

bar-bag-2I made the bags from Xpac, a laminated ripstop nylon that is lightweight, durable, and easy to sew with a household sewing machine. I spent time looking at other bags at bike shops and online to gather ideas as well as construction tips. Ultimately I kept my bags simple – mainly due to my limited sewing skills. The bar bag is a simple roll-top dry bag with openings on both sides to allow adjustment for different sleeping bags. The frame bag is one large compartment with a single zipper. The seat bag is a harness that can carry a tent with or without the fitted roll-top dry bag (my next seat bag will work better with dropper posts). It took me about 20 hours total to sew all of the bags, and luckily they all work! But the real story is how well the Raijin adapts from trail ripper to weekend traveler, with no changes other than the addition of a few bags.