More Energy than Sense
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 155 miles north of Spokane
Bikes: Thorn Sherpa, Co-Motion Custom Road, Salsa Fargo, Mercian King of Mercia and Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er
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That looks great and every bit as good if not better than a newer 520 frame. Bars even w/ the saddle and nice platform for the hands on the hoods. W/out seeing you on it, it looks comfortable. You dn't need fancy parts and in a lot of ways, less fancy is more durable.
I am also a big guy, about 225lbs, so curious how the cantis stopped you loaded down on a steep decent. They didn't work for me so I switched to v-brakes.
Minor point is that it looks like your tubing diameter for front and rear racks is different. It's nice to be able to use the small bags on both front and rear if, for instance, you are dumping your stuff and going exploring. If you have Ortlieb, for instance, it's not an issue, since they have spacers to accomdate most tubing sizes.