In July I will be doing an unsupported "hut-to-hut" 7-day backcountry ride fron Telluride Co. to Moab Ut. I'd like to get a new rig for it, and would like some input.
Huts are about 30-35 miles apart and are connected by a mix of singletrack, jeep trails, and secondary fire roads. Average elevation is 9,500ft. I will need to carry a reasonable amount of gear (ie- clothes, tools, parts, sleaping bag liner, misc gear), but it wont be a full self-supported deal (food and shelter are available at the huts).
At either ends of the spectrum, I'm considering a Jamis Dakar XC Expert (more comfore over distance, more moving parts to break), or a VooDoo Dambala 29"er (simpler, stiffer).
Any suggestions? I'm open to anything.