Hey folks! I'm super new here, but I love all types of cycling and always love talking about bikes!
So I love to mountain bike and I like to travel. I also like to live with as few possessions as possible, so I can only have one bike. I don't own a car either so I put a lot of miles on my bikes.
I'd like something that I can tour with, nothing super crazy but at least across a couple state lines at a time. What do you guys think of using a 29er for touring? Anyone have any experience with that?
I'd like to keep everything under $2000 if possible, $3000 if its really necessary and worth the extra investment. That's just in parts, the labor I can do myself or ask bike mechanic friends to help me do. But that is for everything, including racks, fenders, and panniers.
I don't feel that disk brakes are absolutely necessary, I have gone mountain biking without disk brakes before and I have just as much fun! But I wouldn't mind having the option to switch to disk brakes down the road.
Right now I'm leaning towards a fully rigid 29er. I test rode a Salsa Fargo and was not the biggest fan on the mtb drop bars, but I only rode it around for a short while.
I'm not the best at doing regular maintenance on my bikes, so something super low maintenance would be nice. I do the work when its necessary, but I'd rather not HAVE to do anything.
I have thought about picking up a complete Surly Karate Monkey and swapping in a decent Rohloff hub. is that a terrible idea for some reason?
Thanks guys, and I look forward to being apart of this awesome community!