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Old 02-17-21, 02:08 PM
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Recommendations for a new rig

Hi guys,

Just chasing some quick suggestions if you have any regarding a new rig.

Where I live I am quite limited on what is around in the adventure bike scene to buy but I have found a store than stock some Salsa Fargo’s + cutthroats, and various bombtracks (hooks, audax & beyonds) mainly.

Just wondering if you had any experience with any of these at all and could point me in any direction?

I am 27 and a roadie so very new to this game although I do plan on quitting my job as an electrician to spend a lot of time doing just that if I can find the right drop bar something that would suit both trails and road stretches.

I plan on doing some longer rides down the east coast of Australia, from the Gold Coast where I live to Melbourne then onto the ferry to Tasmania where I am from (roughly 2500ks) on the roads with a some trails thrown in for good measure to break up the monotonous tarmac.

Thanks heaps,

Ben.
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Maybe the touring part of this forum is a better place for your questions.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
Maybe the touring part of this forum is a better place for your questions.
I put it to that forum also but just thought I would spread the net a little wider haha
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Racing bikes are light weight and short wheel base made to ride aggressively and only handle well when going fast...,thats what you dont want....touring bike......you need a really strong... long wheelbase bike thats is really stable and comfortable to ride.......choose the seat wisely....with strong 36 or 40 spoke wheels....wheels are very important.......its gotta have mounts for luggage racks and fenders and water bottles to carry your stuff....a triple sprocket up front if there are hills or mountains.....I heard that in Australia you have to have a bike that drives upside down
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Originally Posted by Gittus View Post
Hi guys,

Just chasing some quick suggestions if you have any regarding a new rig.

Where I live I am quite limited on what is around in the adventure bike scene to buy but I have found a store than stock some Salsa Fargo’s + cutthroats, and various bombtracks (hooks, audax & beyonds) mainly.

Just wondering if you had any experience with any of these at all and could point me in any direction?

I am 27 and a roadie so very new to this game although I do plan on quitting my job as an electrician to spend a lot of time doing just that if I can find the right drop bar something that would suit both trails and road stretches.

I plan on doing some longer rides down the east coast of Australia, from the Gold Coast where I live to Melbourne then onto the ferry to Tasmania where I am from (roughly 2500ks) on the roads with a some trails thrown in for good measure to break up the monotonous tarmac.

Thanks heaps,

Ben.
You might want to look at bikes with "endurance" geometry. These frames strike a good balance between road use and light off-road / gravel use. With two wheelsets (one for road, the other for off-road / gravel) you end up with a bike that's great for both applications without much compromise.

There are some really good frame options in both carbon or titanium. One carbon option that I can recommend from personal experience is the Basso Palta. Best of luck in your search!
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I have never heard of the Bombtracks. But just checked their website out and I really like the steel Hook for its 700c wheels but if you can easily get 650b down there, try them both and see which model fits like your road bike. And get components that you feel comfortable maintaining.
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Originally Posted by Gittus View Post
Hi guys,

Just chasing some quick suggestions if you have any regarding a new rig.

Where I live I am quite limited on what is around in the adventure bike scene to buy but I have found a store than stock some Salsa Fargo’s + cutthroats, and various bombtracks (hooks, audax & beyonds) mainly.

Just wondering if you had any experience with any of these at all and could point me in any direction?

I am 27 and a roadie so very new to this game although I do plan on quitting my job as an electrician to spend a lot of time doing just that if I can find the right drop bar something that would suit both trails and road stretches.

I plan on doing some longer rides down the east coast of Australia, from the Gold Coast where I live to Melbourne then onto the ferry to Tasmania where I am from (roughly 2500ks) on the roads with a some trails thrown in for good measure to break up the monotonous tarmac.

Thanks heaps,

Ben.
Salsa Fargo leans pretty far into the non-paved of things, the rougher stuff, with the tire width and 1x. It has fender mounts, 3x water bottle cages, works with 700c aka 29er and 650b. All pluses. Decent if you're more interested in the off-pavement side of things, and perhaps willing to sacrifice pavement performance.

Cutthroat is targeted for a little less rough surface, a little more speed than the Fargo. 2x instead of 1x is more road suited IMO. Somebody said Fargo is a Jeep, cutthroat is a Subaru Forrester.

Bombtrack audax looks similar to the Cutthroat to me. 650b though, which severely reduces tire availability. Mounts galore.

None of these are typical randonneuring bikes, since rando is historically pavement with occasional gravel.

Bombtrack hook is starting to look a bit more like a more balanced paved/path bike to me. I ride 90% pavement but like to take on the occasional dirt path, and I think this looks pretty great. This bike with two sets of wheels, one for pavement days and another for mixed/path days, seems pretty great.

The nice thing about all these bikes, IMO, is versatility. With tire and wheel choices, they cover a lot of range. To me the Fargo sacrifices too much on the pavement side.
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