Bike Checks - Our GT-X adventure bikes for The Denali Highway.


The GT-X can take you into the wild.

If adventure bikes need a thorough shakedown, then where better to put three prototype bikes to the test than the Denali Highway?!



The Denali Highway is a 135 mile stretch of unpaved and minimally maintained road, southeast of Denali National Park in central Alaska between Cantwell and Paxon. It's an area that words don't do justice. The Denali Highway is incredibly remote, off-grid, bumpy as all hell, and mesmerizingly beautiful. Before we told the world about the GT-X, we did our due diligence by nerding out on bikepacking gear, loading up, and heading to the Last Frontier for a few days in the wild to see what this adventure riding gig was all about. Needless to say, we're hooked.


In an environment as remote and unforgiving as Alaska has a reputation for being, having the right gear was absolutely crucial. With a few "phone a friend" type calls, and a last-minute request to our friends at Orucase for some custom framebags, we had three very different, but very capable machines ready for Denali. Here's what we rode:


Mark's Gold GT-2X

Frame: Mosaic GT-2X

Fork: ENVE Adventure Fork

Drivetrain: Shimano GRX Di2 1x // 42t Chainring // 11-42 Cassette

Wheels: ENVE AG25

Tires: WTB Riddler 29x2.25

Cockpit: ENVE Stem, ENVE Seatpost, and ENVE G-Series Handlebar

Frame Bag: Orucase Custom Frame Bag

Handlebar Bag: Orucase Smuggler XL

Saddle Bag: Orucase Saddle Bag 25

Fork Cages: Topeak Versa Cage w/ Nalgene Bottles

Saddle: Brooks Cambium C13



Liz's Green GT-2X

Frame: Mosaic GT-2X

Fork: ENVE Adventure Fork

Drivetrain: Shimano XT/GRX Mashup

Wheels: ENVE AG25

Tires: WTB Riddler 29x2.25

Cockpit: ENVE Stem, ENVE Seatpost, and ENVE M5 Handlebar

Frame Bag: Orucase Custom Frame Bag

Handlebar Bag: Orucase Smuggler XL

Feed Bag: Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag

Fork Cages: Salsa Anything Cage & Anything Bags

Saddle: Brooks Cambium C13


Aaron's Factory Finish GT-1X

Frame: Mosaic GT-1X

Fork: ENVE Adventure Fork

Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 12 Speed

Wheels: ENVE AG25

Tires: WTB Riddler 29x2.25

Cockpit: ENVE Stem, ENVE Seatpost, and ENVE M5 Handlebar

Frame Bag: Orucase Custom Frame Bag

Handlebar Bag: Orucase Smuggler XL

Fork Cages: Salsa Anything Cage & Anything Bags

Saddle: Brooks Cambium C13

Bell: Woody the Woodpecker.