I am looking for some advise on replacing a bike and where to take it!
I was part of a group that cycled from the Dead Sea (Jordan) to the north side Everest (Tibet/China) side in 2005/2006. We then carried on up the mountain by foot - check out the website to find out more, www.everestmax.com. It was an awesome 3.5 month bike trip and the bike we used coped with a real mix of terrain. We used Marin Novato (probably the 2005 edition). We had them modified using SRAM components: Disc Brakes, X-9 shifters, X-9 rear mech, Sram Cassette and Chain, Truvativ Cranks (already on the bikes), Rock Shox forks. However, my bike was stolen once I returned to the UK and I'm looking to replace it. I've moved to Chile, Santiago, with work and can't find Marin here so am looking for something equivalent - I'm itching to get on a bike and explore Chile, I think there is potential for awesome trips. I've seen a Giant xtc for a good price, which is a good bike, but looks much more like a mountain bike than my Marin did. They've got trek's, Giant, GT, Raleigh, Scott (and Cannondale, but that's out of my budget). One of the things I loved about my Marin was that it was so light (I'm 5'4" and think the less weight to peddle around the better!) but I also knew that I could take it anywhere, on road or off road, and it would be fine. I would really appreciate any advise that people could give on both types of bike and good trips in Chile if anyone has been touring here.
Thank you! Sarah