Moving Mountains – A New Zealand Bike Packing Adventure Film by Kona

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This video features two Kiwi riders Khulan Tumen and Viet Tieu, coming together to ride Aotearoa/New Zealand’s latest purpose built alpine bike packing route, The Paparoa Track, on the west coast of the South Island. The two riders took on the route on a pair of fully rigid 2022 Kona Unit X’s. If you’re tired of dust, loam, and sunny video shoots, then this is the video for you. Manchester and the South Pennines look dry by comparison…


The 56.2km (32.5 mile) Paparoa Track is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s latest mixed-use backcountry ride. It joins the already extremely popular Heaphy Track and Old Ghost Road as prime bikepacking trip destinations. Its point-to-point route is what bikepacking dreams are made of: the perfect gradients, insane views, epically-located backcountry huts, and some of the most beautiful bush New Zealand has to offer.

The track crosses the Paparoa Range, taking riders through alpine peaks, limestone karst landscapes, and thriving rainforests. While it can be ridden in a day, the route is dotted with three backcountry Department of Conservation (DOC) huts to encourage people to take in an overnight or multi-day experience.

Each hut provides track users with bunk beds and mattresses, running water and gas cookers. Track users need to carry all their own food, sleeping bags and clothing—especially wet weather gear. The Paparoa range is situated on New Zealand’s West Coast where it rains 195 days a year on average, with 3,000 mm (118 inches) of rainfall annually. 

The Paparoa Track and the rugged West Coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand seemed like the perfect fit for the Kona Unit X. Much like the extreme West Coast landscape, our bikepacking-ready fully-rigid steel Unit X can handle it all.

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Ross Demain

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Ross pairs his childlike excitement for bikes with a complete disregard for the wellbeing of his ribs, or his rims. Best known for riding cheeky trails, his time is also spent trail building in his local woods, drinking beer, eating pies and entertaining his two children.

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  • gazzab1955
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    OK I give up, how are those bikes not falling over? Photoshopped out the props?

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    Special invisible sticks, only available to media types with secret passwords and handshakes. Or someone shouting one-two-three and then leaping backwards out of shot then grabbing the bike again just in time before it hits the ground.

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    @Hannah Dobson – clearly these aren’t available to us muggles! 🙂

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