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Old 02-28-15, 11:00 AM   #1
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Help me pick out the right mountain bike for my needs

I would like some advise from experienced riders about picking my first mountain bike. Here is the deal, I have both a road and hybrid bike and am looking to expand the areas I can ride to more rough jeep/fire roads and trails. Most of these rides involve 10-20 miles of paved riding, along with packed dirt roads. I would also like a bike that is rugged enough for multi day off road bike touring/bike packing.

Basically my intended use for the bike would be long multi terrain all day rides, plus bike packing type trips.

Could you guys please recommend a few bikes. My budget for a bike is around $2500.
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Old 02-28-15, 11:59 AM   #2
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Sounds like you would be interesting in something from the Surly line of touring bikes

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Old 02-28-15, 12:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advise, I'll look into the Surly.

I can get a good deal on a Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5 XT hard tail aluminum frame, would this bike be a good choice for my needs?

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The santa cruz is an awesome mountain bike and I'd like to have it myself. It is a pretty serious long travel hardtail and is over kill for dirt road types of riding but would be a blast on single track which is mainly what I do. Doesn't look like it has mounts for panniers and stuff either which could be a problem for those multi-day bikepacking trips when you need to carry a lot of stuff with you. You may want to post in the touring section. I'm sure there are ways to rig panniers on bikes not made for them but I don't know anything about them.
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You are not really talking about mountainbiking as this won't be on any singletrack trails. Agree with Canker - touring or cyclocross. Plenty of bikes out there now with eyelets for racks and clearance for 40mm+ tires.
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You need to build you one of these........... I opted to swap for a rigid fork but feel free to keep a shock on there.


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You are not really talking about mountainbiking as this won't be on any singletrack trails. Agree with Canker - touring or cyclocross. Plenty of bikes out there now with eyelets for racks and clearance for 40mm+ tires.
The intended use of the bike is dirt roads(theres also plenty of trails) in the mountains and riding the 20 or so miles of paved roads from my house to where the dirt roads start. Some of the dirt roads are very rough and would not be pleasant on a road style bike bigger tires or not. I want a mountain bike.

The question is what style of mountain bike. Do I want a full suspension or a hardtail? Carbon or aluminum? 27.5 or 29er?

What sort of bikes do guys use on the Great Divide Canada-Mexico tour? Thats probably what I want.
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The ones I have seen ride touring/cyclocross like the one posted above. some with shocks some without.
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I hate to keep pimping Surly because I know other people make these style of bikes but I can't remember any of them. If you want a real mtn bike but also need something with rack mounts look at the karate monkey ops. They are not light weight bikes but they do ride well. One of the other reason I keep thinking surly is because I have an 08 monkey .

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That Stumpy looks like just the ticket! I happen to have RockHopper that would work as well. I have less than $500 into it.
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The intended use of the bike is dirt roads(theres also plenty of trails) in the mountains and riding the 20 or so miles of paved roads from my house to where the dirt roads start. Some of the dirt roads are very rough and would not be pleasant on a road style bike bigger tires or not. I want a mountain bike.

The question is what style of mountain bike. Do I want a full suspension or a hardtail? Carbon or aluminum? 27.5 or 29er?

What sort of bikes do guys use on the Great Divide Canada-Mexico tour? Thats probably what I want.
Most of the Divide riders use HT 29ers. If you plan on touring...it might be a good idea to find a frame that will allow you to mount a rack.

The guy that won the Tour Divide last year (and year before) used a full rigid 29er with mechanical disk brakes. For those guys...the simpler the better.

Check bikepacking.net, you'll probably find some better insight there.
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Most of the Divide riders use HT 29ers. If you plan on touring...it might be a good idea to find a frame that will allow you to mount a rack.

The guy that won the Tour Divide last year (and year before) used a full rigid 29er with mechanical disk brakes. For those guys...the simpler the better.

Check bikepacking.net, you'll probably find some better insight there.
Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look at bikepacker.net.

Salsa MTB/touring bikes look nice, probably what I am looking for.
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I've got a Salsa Vaya that sounds like it'd be right up your alley. It does have drop bars as do most all road bikes but I feel very comfortable on our fire roads and have even done a small amount of single track. Wouldn't get that bike for that of course. Most folks ride on the tops and hoods of the drop bar and I find the hood position much more comfortable than the bar ends I've used on straight bar mountain bikes.There's a bunch of cyclocross and emerging "gravel" bikes such as the Spesh Diverge which a good friend just got for just what you described and he loves his.
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