I've been doing lots of research about expedition mountain bikes because I want one real bad. I alreading have a good cycle-cross bike for road/fire road tours.
This bike needs to be able to handle the abuse of long-distance touring in remote locals. Durability and realibility are paramount!! I don't plan on jumping off a cliff with this bike, but it will have to be able to carry lots of camping gear for days on the trail. I'm budgeting no more than $1,500 for this build. Since I'm trying to be thrifty this bike would serve as both my expedition touring bike and mountain bike.
This is some of my criteria for bike selection:
Here is a list of the possibilities. I'd love to hear your take on these bike or suggestions on other options.
- Steel is a must
26 inch wheels a must
- Front suspension a must
- Linear pull brakes a must, but would really like the option of disc
- I wear size 15 shoes so long chainstays are necessary because I'm using panniers
- Price moderate
- Frame only or complete bike is an option
Soma Fabrications Groove
Salsa Ala Carte (pre-2010)
Voodoo Wanga or Bizango
Jamis Dragon Comp
Gunnar Rock Tour (nice, but expensive)