Hey there. So, i'm trying to build a Pocket Llama. So far, a few things are constant:
The bike will have LX-XT level components.
The bike will be used for intermediate, non-aggressive cross country riding, heavy touring, commuting, and travel. In some cases, cross country may be mixed with touring (expedition touring)
I'm really indecisive on some things. Mostly, the bars.
I can't decide between:
WTB Mountain Road Drop Bar
Nitto Moustache Bar
Titec H-Bar (owned)
Higher end standard riser bar (Ritchey WCS, Truvativ Noir, etc)
(I see that the Truvativ Noir has less rise and more sweep than most risers, which interests me, comfort wise!)
Has anyone used any of these bars?
If you were to choose a set-up for a travel bike like the Llama for a bar that would be comfortable all day and able to handle rides across varying off-road terrain in the cross country category, what would it be?
I am personally most familiar with risers and the Titec H-bar. I like the H-bar, but it is a difficult bar to mount everything you like to, easily.
I am trying to decide between them, which will also determine some other parts (drops will need other parts, etc)
Here is a rough spec of the bicycle as it stands:
Headset: Chris King GripNut 1 1/4
Stems: BF 25.4 Ahead for Adj Riser(size w/ bike)
Bars, Single/front: MTB alloy bars with 4" rise/630mm
Brakes: Avid Single Digit SL
Brake, Levers: Avid Single Digit SL
Derailleurs Fr: Shimano R443 Braze triple Ft Der
Derailleurs R: Shimano SLX shadow (GS med. cage)
Shifters: Shimano LX
Cranks: Alloy 175mm 30/42/52 130/74 bcd 119mm axl
BB bearing, F: 118.5mm BF Sealed 68xEnglish -oe
Cassette: 11-26 9sp SRAM PG-950 Cassette (possibly PG-970DH as a substitute)
Chains: SRAM PC-991 Cross-Step
Hub Fr: BF Select 32o 100mm FRONT-Silver/black
Hub R: BF Select 32o 130mm REAR-Silver
Rims: Sun Rhyno Lite 20 x1.75 32o Black
Spokes: DT 14 ga. Stainless w/ brass nip /
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 20x1.6 + Schwalbe Mow Joe 20x1.85
(One set of each, for different rides)
Pedals: Crank Bros. Eggbeater SL
Seatposts: Thomson Elite 27.2 410mm
Saddles: Brooks Flyer
The cranks and wheels will eventually be changed, although in the long-term. I hope to do a review on them as well, to help new Bike Friday owners determine whether they would be content with them, or whether they should request something different with their bikes.
Can you think of anything else you would change? Any suggestions on which parts here may be no good, or do you have a recommendation for something you find phenomenal?
Any input is appreciated, thanks!