11th March 2021 / Comments (1)

Writer’s rig: Chris Hunter from ARAF’s Planet X Ti

ARAF Planet X Tempest

Perhaps better known for his alternative cycling club ARAF, ‘advocating steady as fuck adventures‘, we chatted to Chris Hunter about his go-to rig. As a designer, Chris has an eye for detail and is also known to enjoy some pretty bright colours too, which you’ll notice here. This year hasn’t been great for getting out there, but we’re hoping he can make the most of this gorgeous – and very patiently built – steed.

Introduce your rig

Chris’ Planet X Tempest Ti gravel bike: the Project Forever Slow bike

This is my Project Forever Slow bike. It’s my do it all bike for life. I can swap the wheels out for my 700c set for road riding and touring, or go pretty much anywhere with the 650b set. I’ve done long distance road riding, bikepacking adventures, to hitting up (tame) MTB trails on it. It really does do everything I ride.

Box-fresh or deep custom? Run us through your mods

With parts collected up over a year, a build well worth the wait

This was a slow burner build. I’ve always wanted a titanium bike, so when the frame came up cheap (£480) I started collecting bits to build it up over about a year! I transferred a fair few bits over from my existing gravel bike.

The only really custom bit is the fork. Again a cheap second hand purchase, which meant I wasn’t so precious about it. This resulted in me stripping it down and doing my own custom paint job on it. Nice from afar, but far from nice!

Bikepacking, riding or racing: do you have any different set ups?

Planet X Tempest

With a wheel switch and mudguard addition, the Planet X Tempest becomes a super rando machine

Definitely adventures, I’m not here to race. As mentioned above, I have two different wheelsets, and swapping them out totally changes the bikes riding style.

Do you have one component or aspect of your setup that you really love?

The FARR AEROGRVL bars are a real hit

The biggest game changer for me has been the FARR AEROGRVL handlebars. The numerous riding positions really improve comfort and control, resulting in less fatigue when riding too. I’m also now a convert to flared bars, so much more control when descending!

What’s your one most outstanding memory with your rig? Good or otherwise…

More adventures in 2021, please

Unfortunately I’ve not gotten to ride this as much as I would have liked over the last year, but one of my highlight memories was chasing the sun down for a coastal sunset ride. The bike was flawless and fun.

The full lowdown

Frame Planet X Tempest V3
Fork Kinesis ATR — Carbon, Custom Painted
Chainset SRAM Force 1 w/ SRAM Apex 1 Long Cage
Brakes SRAM Force
Stem Cinelli Ant
Tape/grips Lizard Skins DSP V2 3.2
Headset Selcof
Saddle Brooks Cambium C17 Carved All Weather
Seatpost Selcof
Tyres Panaracer Comet HardPack 27.5 x 2.00
Wheels Hope Fortus 23
Accessories Frame Pump: Zefal HPX
Bottle Cages: Arundel Stainless Steel
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 1

Do you have any questions for Chris about his set up? Drop ’em in the comments and be sure to check out more at ARAF on Instagram and komoot.

Last modified: 11th March 2021

One Response to :
Writer’s rig: Chris Hunter from ARAF’s Planet X Ti

  1. Jim says:

    How did you manage £480 for this particular frame? Seems insanely cheap for this. Wow. Cool build!

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