It started with a desire to build a fully loaded touring rig. I posted a thread asking for suggestions on the build of a Soma Saga and the responses were great. But, in the end, I decided that I should build something more practical. A bike capable of carrying a 30 lbs load plus my 185 lbs for weekend excursions.
I donít want to go into every nitty-gritty build detail, but there are 3 areas I do have questions about.
The frame: Iím considering a cross bike such as the Surly Cross Check or Soma Double Cross. But with short chainstays and higher BB, they both seem prone to handling issues when loaded on the rear only as well as heel clearance issues. It seems that even with a light load, moving some of the load up front would be prudent. Or, is that not necessary?
Wheelset: Both bikes can accommodate 130 or 135 hubs. I have a set of 36H Mavic Open Pro rims. Would building them with XT hubs be overkill? Would 105 or Ultegra hubs be more appropriate?
Or; I have a 32H Mavic CXP22 with Specialized hubs wheelset that I could Ďborrowí from another bike. But 32H and unknown spokes seem iffy to me?
Crankset: A MTB crank with 44T outer ring, again, seems overkill to me for a light tourer. I think a 48/36/26 would be a good combo with a 11-32 cassette. But, there doesnít seem to be many mid-range trekking triples out there. I see Sugino and some MTBs with 46T a lot. Anyone have any other crank options that would make sense for light touring?
Thanks in advance.