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    Recommendation for group rides and bikepacking

    Looking for a mountain bike that I can take on a weeklong bikepacking trip and still keep up with guys on my local team when they all hit the dirt trails. I'm 6'2" and I think I'd prefer a 29er. I've been thinking about either a Surly KM with Salsa Enabler fork or building up this frame from Nashbar http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_527351_-1___

    Obviously I think the KM would be a better choice for backpacking while the Fuji would do better on a group mtb ride, but would one do both better than the other? I'd prefer spending less than $1k and would probably scour ebay and CL for parts once I decided on a frame.

    Edit: I'd also be commuting on it so I don't want the ride to be too harsh. Anyone have experience with the ride quality on the Fuji Tahoe? Could I slap a rigid fork on it if I wanted to?
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    I'd say get the Surly Ogre frameset and build it up.

    Just go to www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=47741&category=119

    Frameset ~ $535.00

    - Slim

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    Of course, you can add your rack and fenders at your leisure. The fork can be switched out to a suspended fork, if you so desire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    I'd say get the Surly Ogre frameset and build it up.

    Just go to www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=47741&category=119

    Frameset ~ $535.00

    - Slim

    PS.

    Of course, you can add your rack and fenders at your leisure. The fork can be switched out to a suspended fork, if you so desire.
    Thanks--I thought about the Ogre but I really don't plan on running an IGH or pulling a trailer so I don't need all that fancy stuff. I'd be running a frame bag and an Ogre or Salsa Enabler fork for a small rack and bottles (when in touring mode). Any other suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKIV987 View Post
    Thanks--I thought about the Ogre but I really don't plan on running an IGH or pulling a trailer so I don't need all that fancy stuff. I'd be running a frame bag and an Ogre or Salsa Enabler fork for a small rack and bottles (when in touring mode). Any other suggestions?
    If you plan to use it for a self-contained bikepacking trip of a week or more, I would suggest working out exactly how much gear such a trip would require. Even traveling pretty light, I think you will conclude that you need either panniers or a trailer. And you won't want to carry the majority of the weight on the fork. This means rack mounts, clearance issues, etc.
    Last edited by corvuscorvax; 02-03-12 at 11:13 AM.

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