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    Recommendations needed for expedition mountain bike touring

    I've been doing lots of research about expedition mountain bikes because I want one real bad. I alreading have a good cycle-cross bike for road/fire road tours.
    This bike needs to be able to handle the abuse of long-distance touring in remote locals. Durability and realibility are paramount!! I don't plan on jumping off a cliff with this bike, but it will have to be able to carry lots of camping gear for days on the trail. I'm budgeting no more than $1,500 for this build.

    This is some of my criteria for bike selection:
    • Steel is a must
      26 inch wheels a must
    • Hardtail most likely, FS is not an option
    • Linear pull brakes, would really like the option of disc
    • I wear size 15 shoes so long chainstays are necessary because I'm using panniers
    • Price moderate
    • Frame only or complete bike is an option


    Here is a list of the possibilities. I'd love to hear your take on these bike or suggestions on other options.

    Soma Fabrications Groove
    Thorn Ripio
    Salsa Ala Carte (pre-2010)
    Kona Explosif
    Voodoo Wanga or Bizango
    Jamis Dragon Comp
    Gunnar Rock Tour (nice, but expensive)

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    And here I thought this thread was some nooblet suck fest.

    Those are excellent frame choices, yo! I know that they were blowing the Dragon frame out super-cheap online which would let you put more $$$ into the rest of the build. Jensonusa.com is blowing out LX Hollowtech II cranksets out for $85 right now. That would be ample crankset for it.



    I always hate it when people recommend stuff that isn't on the shopping list, but the On One Inbred is a good'n.
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    Several of the long distance tourers I hear of use Bob Trailers rather than panniers. Keeps the C of G low and the only problems are overnight parking in Towns.

    Steel is a good choice but remember that you are going to be carrying a lot of weight. Low gearing will be essential so make certain you have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    ...but remember that you are going to be carrying a lot of weight.
    That depends on the OP's gear. Some ultralight backpackers get away with sub 10lb packs for a few days out in good weather, including food and shelter.
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    I think being on the back of a DH tandem would keep me awake.

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