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Seeking Lightweight, Stable Road Graveler w/ Light Cargo Capability

Old 01-14-19, 03:10 AM
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Seeking Lightweight, Stable Road Graveler w/ Light Cargo Capability

ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS WANTED: (I have researched but, this is the BEST place to get right down to the real answers!)

Currently seeking a new bike for a special purpose: Local, hilly hard-pack trails, that are currently being carved out by precipitation--They require road riding to get there. I have decades of experience, but am not a “banzai" “go-for-broke” teenager anymore. I also have serious injuries from a near fatal car crash in 2016. I ride to get to destinations in one piece, but still like to be technical and get the most out of my expended energy...

I plan to implement this as a 3x per week “quick” rehab training / workout as advised by my PT.

Requirements:
1) Flat bars (can't do drops anymore and don't enjoy steep descents braking on the drops)
2) Not too “twitchy” steering / fork trail
3) Longer wheelbase stability (to minimize visions of wiping-out and going off the cliff)
4) Lightweight / carbon
5) Quick “race-like” shifting
6) Rear cargo rack mounts (to secure my trunk bag for beer/ice storage).
7) Mechanical disc brakes (easy maintenance)
8) Would like to be able to use my current 700c & 650b wheelsets (12x100 & 12x142 THRU)

Thanks very much in advance!

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Old 01-14-19, 08:19 AM
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You have a Haanjo Metro. If you say what that is lacking in your 7 part requirement list, itll be easier for posters to suggest other bikes.
Oh- and mention budget too. Its pretty useless for you and others to suggest bikes that are 2x more than you plan to spend.
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Sounds like you are looking for a rigid mtb. for quick shifting go with Shimano Di2 accurate precise and fast. I would also recommend hydro discs over mechanical discs, less effort to apply and better control, almost no maintenance. Mechanical discs can require adjusting after every couple of rides due to wear. I have had both types.
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Old 01-14-19, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
You have a Haanjo Metro. If you say what that is lacking in your 7 part requirement list, itll be easier for posters to suggest other bikes.
Oh- and mention budget too. Its pretty useless for you and others to suggest bikes that are 2x more than you plan to spend.
1) My Haanjo Metro is 1x9, heavy, and is decked out as my super commuter. I want to leave it that way. Indeed, my Haanjos have perfect reach/stack for me. The EXP has three wheelsets for varying scenarios, but the drops and bar end shifters are too slow/relaxed- won't work in this scenario.
2) Budget 1500-2000
3) Need lighter weight.

Note: I recently sold my Cdale Carbon Synapse because it was slightly too small at 54cm. If it was 56cm, a bit longer / less twitchy, accommodated 35-40mm tires and had a flat/riser bar, I'd be sold, even if it had rim brakes...
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Salsa Woodsmoke frame with Firestarter 110 Deluxe fork is what you looking for. Bosses everywhere and rear rack support. Will let you run big huge 27.5 tires or narrower 29er. You can pack this thing to the brim if you want.
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You're worried about weight but you want to mount a rear rack with a trunk bag for beer and ice?
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Weight is all about trade-offs. Where you (the owner) want it, and where you don't ...

I'd say Specialized Diverge would be where I'd start if a new bike.

But, personally, I'd build it from a CL bike. I know I can get an aluminum framed MBT chassis down to 25 lbs with a nice used air fork w/ lock-out easy enough. And do it for less than $1K. And have exactly what I want
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
You're worried about weight but you want to mount a rear rack with a trunk bag for beer and ice?
The rack, beer and ice are a "constant" and shaving weight wherever I can always helps! I have heavy touring bikes (no concern with weight) that can accommodate, but they're a bit too much for quick bursts into the sunset...
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Originally Posted by BrocLuno View Post
But, personally, I'd build it from a CL bike.
CL bike? Do you mean CX / cyclocross bike? They typically have twitchy characteristics which I'm not a fan of, particularly on long, semi-loaded descents...
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Originally Posted by michaelm101 View Post
CL bike? Do you mean CX / cyclocross bike? They typically have twitchy characteristics which I'm not a fan of, particularly on long, semi-loaded descents...
Pretty sure he means craigslist.
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Yup
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