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    Fat Rando Bike

    I desire a new bike. N+1 must be satisfied. Wife has given the green light. Conditions are perfect.

    Basically I want a Rando (1000k+) bike that can handle gravel as well. I'll also use it to commute.

    I just can't decide on a bike. I know I want it to accept the compass tubeless offerings: Rat Trap Pass at 26x54, Switchback Hill at 650bx48, and/or Jon Bon Pass at 700cx35. Said bike doesn't have to accept all sizes, not married to anything.

    In addition
    • Road Crankset (narrow tread)
    • Handle lowriders/porteur and maybe even decaleur
    • Fit fenders over said tires
    • be able to have a mini rear rack for light items
    • be able to run a generator hub
    • I don't care discs vs centerpull, but with discs I want thru axles.
    • It needs to be fast. because I am wicked fast.
    • mid to low trail seems about right
    • absolutely no toe overlap (I currently have 585mm front center on my bike and get it with 700x28 tires).


    I am probably a size 56 +-.

    Bikes I have looked at
    • AWOL -- tire options, load options, no toe overlap, can run belts, but not very lively.
    • Diverge -- Speedy bike, looks like I can get a lowrider on the fork, but limited tire clearance especially with fenders. not sure how I feel about carbon.
    • Soma Grand Rando -- Just doesn't quite have the clearance for 650x48 tires
    • Soma San Marco -- this might work?
    • Soma Wolverine -- I haven't ridden it -- but it looks like a good contender minus the QR + discs combo.
    • NFE Elephant -- awesome -- but too long of a back log
    • Crust Evasion -- killer bike but uses MTN BB


    Any others I should consider? Or any thoughts on the above? I will be in the US (UT/WA) for another week and a half.

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    you might have to wait a year for road through axle disc. Not sure how that's going to shake out for gravel bikes, but for pure road bikes, they seem to be going to flat mount brakes with 12mm TA front and rear. Which is really annoying, to be honest, because one advantage on a disc bike is that you can use different wheels. I swap back and forth between road tires and gravel tires

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    Would a Salsa Fargo work? Not a Jan Hine definition of rando but definitely a long distance all surface machine.

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    Boulder bikes is a pretty standard starting place. Or custom. Mine is from Fitz, with very nice work without the big name price. I would say don't go into this with the expectation of ultimate speed. Not that they aren't fast, just expect higher average speeds after a couple hours in the saddle.

    That Diverge sounds pretty interesting to me. All the big name brands seem to have something with potential these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXLHardrock View Post
    Would a Salsa Fargo work? Not a Jan Hine definition of rando but definitely a long distance all surface machine.
    The fargo has MTB BB spacing unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    you might have to wait a year for road through axle disc. Not sure how that's going to shake out for gravel bikes, but for pure road bikes, they seem to be going to flat mount brakes with 12mm TA front and rear. Which is really annoying, to be honest, because one advantage on a disc bike is that you can use different wheels. I swap back and forth between road tires and gravel tires
    I have no problem with canti/center pull. I've noticed some issues with some of the road discs I've ridden that have steel forks. As far as I can tell the only CF fork that can take lowriders is the Diverge -- but it falls very short on the tire clearance unless I stick to 700x35 -- also haven't been able to test toe overlap on a size that fits me.

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    Velo Orange Polyvalent or Camargue. Both are currently 30% off on the VO website.

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    salsa vaya?

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