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GDMBR, Which Bike?

Old 06-19-24, 04:10 PM
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GDMBR, Which Bike?

Myself and a friend have decided to run the 2025 GDMBR, and we have almost a year to prepare. So we値l have to start sorting out what bikes and gear we are going to use.

If you were doing the GDMBR, what would be your dream bike? And why? Is a gravel bike good enough? Or would an MTB be better?

Any ideas or input would be appreciated.
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Maybe start exploring here: https://bikepacking.com/bikes/2023-t...e-rigs-part-1/

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And more here:
https://bikepacking.com/bikes/rigs-o...divide-part-2/

And some analysis:
https://bikepacking.com/bikes/2023-r...ide-breakdown/
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Seems like everybody's dream bike is a Salsa Fargo. There are 3 local riders that have ridden it, and all 3 have ridden a Fargo.

I think I would have trouble riding it with flat bars. Everything else is negotiable. There are long flat stretches of road riding, I just don't do well with flat bars on the road.


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Thanks for the input. I decided on a gravel-type bike, and have ordered a GT Grade Carbon frame with a Rockshox Rudy fork. I have a GRX 820 12 speed derailleur and brake-shift levers, as well as an XTR 9100 10-51 cassette, and XTR 9100 crankset with a 34t chainring. Wheels will be Mavic Allroad SL. Bar and stem will be Deda, and I will use one of my broken-in Brooks saddles. The Grade seems to have good tire clearance, 30mm of rear travel, internal cable routing, and should be a reasonably light, comfortable, and capable bike.

I’ll be putting the bike together over the next month or so, and begin acquiring the other things I’ll need.
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I値l be putting the bike together over the next month or so, and begin acquiring the other things I値l need.
Just curious, I have never ridden any of that route. Are you going with a dynohub or battery powered lights and other electrics?
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Just curious, I have never ridden any of that route. Are you going with a dynohub or battery powered lights and other electrics?
No dynamo hub, I致e had issues with these in less severe conditions. I値l use rechargeable lamps with a backup power bank. I致e done pretty well with this setup. I値l keep my electronics minimal, and limited to my phone, tracker, Wahoo, and shaver (no beards for me).
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