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    Touring on a 29'er?

    Greetings! I found my way over here from the C&V forum, and have been lurking for a week or so reading various topics of interest.

    I picked up a Kona Smoke 2-9 last fall, and I have had a blast riding it. It has full fenders and 700*47 tires. I do a significant part of my 30 mile round trip commute on old rail beds and roads in poor condition, and I feel my Kona 9'er may possibly be a great way to try some local touring adventures (2 nights or so). I am looking to work with what I have; I did not think about the possibility of short tours when I purchased this bike.

    It's a 4130 cromoly frame with both rack and fender mounts on the rear, but none on the front fork I currently use the largest Wald basket I could buy to haul my gear to work. The advantages of having the load distributed lower is (now) very apparent I need to fabricate some long rack struts for my rear rack to attach to the rack mounting holes, and I suspect that some weight in the rear will definitely help. The chainstay length is 45.5cm and the wheelbase is 109cm.

    Is there a 29'er fork out there that can fit my tires and fenders? If not, what is the largest tire/fender combination that will fit under a commercially available fork? I emailed Surly about the LHT fork and have not heard back yet.

    Thanks all, see you out on the road,

    Kevin

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    Look at Epic Designs Frame Bags.

    If all you are going to be doing is 1-2 day rides, this might be just the thing for ultralight touring

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    I have been touring fully loaded off and on road on a Bruce Gordon RNR for over 19 years using 700x47 tires. It has been great including the Divide Ride. Weight distribution front and back does influence handling. I use 2 front panniers and and a rear rack top dry bag for supplies and equipment.

    check out these bags too:http://www.carouseldesignworks.com/CDWpage1.html

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    Instead of buying a Fork + Rack, buy this rack that will work with your fork.

    http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...rontRacks.html
    Either the Cold Springs, Ultimate Lowrider(double check on that one) or Sherpa.

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    You might look at the Surly Karate Monkey forks. No lowrider braze ones, but they'll take just about any tire you can find.

    http://www.surlybikes.com/karatemonkey.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinsubaru View Post
    Is there a 29'er fork out there that can fit my tires and fenders?
    Kona makes the Project 2 fork in many variations. I have it on the Sutra with disc brakes and it has lowrider mounts. Go to http://www.konabikeparks.com/ and click the components/forks tab. One of them should work for you.
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    Thank you for the suggestions! I an really liking the old man mountain racks, and will look into those. The frame bag idea is kind of neat as well.

    Thanks again,
    Kevin

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