Help with a build: dirt road MTB with suspension fork. Bizango? Groove?
I'm stuck in the mud before I make some purchases. I am building a suspended, hardtail mountain bike to tour on. I've narrowed the frame choice down to two frames. The Soma Groove and the Voodoo Bizango. Problem with the Soma is that it requires an 80mm fork. As far as I can tell, there is only one coil spring 80mm fork on the market. It's a White Brothers and out of my budget.
So, unless someone knows of another fork, I'm going with the Bizango. Any comments on the frame paired with a Rock Shox Tora 318 Coil U-Turn Fork? Is it a decent fork? The whole "dial in the suspension" seems a little strange. The other niggle, is that the Bizango doesn't have rack mounts on the seat stays. But the guys at the LBS swear that a seat post clamp with rack attatchments is perhaps even stronger than braze ons. Is it acceptable to attach a rear rack to a seat post clamp? Seems kind of jerry rigged to me.