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Old 02-27-17, 06:21 PM
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The 1 do it all bike?

I know, there is no truly one do it all bike, but I need something close. Here's my situation. I currently own 3 bikes. I have a downhill bike with a 140mm fork (Ragley Blue Pig), my trail bike. I have a Fat Bike (On one Fatty), my trail, adverse weather smile on my face bike. I have a single speed rigid bike (Kona Unit), my cruise along in silence, zen bike.

I am moving overseas, and need to downsize. I am going from living in a house with a garage, to living in a high rise apartment. I also have a limit on how much my household goods weigh, to be shipped overseas. So, due to space, weight requirements, I need to downsize to 1 bike.

I will be selling off all 3 of my bikes to help fund a new bike purchase. I am looking for a trail, hardball, gravel friendly bike, that can easily be used for 2-3 day bike packing trips, trolling around town, running to the grocery store and just plain fun on the trails, I am also moving somewhere with a rather long Monsoon season, so wet muddy conditions are bound to be plentiful, and we will get snow. I love mud and snow, so it's all good o me.

My first instinct was to convert the Unit from SS to geared, then I thought about just getting a different set of wheels for the Fatty. Unfortunately the way the Fatty is set up, the triangle is a little small for a bag and it only has braze-ons for a single water bottle. The Unit is a great bike to ride, but it's a large and although I LOVE that bike, it's always been a bit too tall for me, so trail riding would be a bit less than ideal. The Blue Pig is a downhill bike at heart, always will be and is less than ideal for pretty much anything else. However I am getting old, so downhill, technical trails are no longer my main attraction.

So any ideas, any suggestions? I am thinking maybe a Pugsley/Wednesday with multiple wheel sets. Maybe a Krampus? Beargrease/Mukluk? Big Honzo? I need something versatile, can handle a bike packing setup, and can ride in adverse conditions.


I know this is a reach for the stars kinda request, but I can't take more than one bike with me.
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Old 02-27-17, 07:14 PM
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If money isn't an issue, I'd buy a Surly Ogre or ECR. If your on a budget, I'd buy one of these.
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Old 02-28-17, 01:30 AM
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I wouldn't consider Surly a "luxury brand." My thought - custom 27.5+
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Depending on where you are moving, you might want to consider what size tires will be easy to buy.
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Money is ALWAYS an issue, anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. I am looking at just shy of 2000 for a new bike setup. I honestly didn't consider Surly overly expensive or a luxury brand. Thanks for the info everyone. Gotta do some more thinking on this.
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