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?
Last edited by MKIV987; 02-02-12 at 10:32 PM.