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Old 10-13-11, 02:46 PM
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26 inch wheel frames with suspension forks suitable for touring

Apart from the Soma Groove and Surly Troll, does anybody know of any frames suitable for touring with 26 inch wheels and a suspension fork?
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Old 10-14-11, 08:54 AM
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I know Thorn bikes has at least one model that can take a suspension fork, I forget which one(s).
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Old 10-14-11, 09:06 AM
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i was just about to say that and i too forget the model lol . but i'll check it out.
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Old 10-14-11, 12:32 PM
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My 26" wheel tour/trekking bike :
http://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html

Currently , more customer input before the build up is offered, in that
Koga Miyata of NL offers a superb bike, thru their 'signature program',
you have a component menu, and amongst the options are forks , suspension,
which have been custom modified to accept front low rider racks .

though they largely withdrew from US, dealers are at last count, just 1 or 2.

though they ship to other countries around the world..

(or Consider.. fly to somewhere that they ship to a dealer,
and pick up the bike there, and commence your tour, it's a complete package,
a turn key touring bike).

And thru Peter White N.H.,you can get German made Tout Terrain bikes ,
built up by him or as frame. they offer a custom fork
Mounting for the panniers sit on the fixed uppers., lower section free to move,
without pannier mass..
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/tout-terrain.asp

Tubus Swing is a pannier rack, that mounts high for brush clearance,
and is fixed to the fork crown, and braced above the headset, via,
a bracket, in the steerer tube spacer stack.
It will fit a lot of suspension forks.
http://tubus.com/en/suspension-fork-carriers

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I know Thorn bikes has at least one model that can take a suspension fork, I forget which one(s).
Sterling and Nomad.
http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/Th...ing_lowres.pdf
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Well, that's something to think about although they seemed to be made for Rholoff hubs. I want the regular garden variety derailleur-equipped bike. haha
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Well, that's something to think about although they seemed to be made for Rholoff hubs. I want the regular garden variety derailleur-equipped bike. haha
Thorn Ripio

Here's mine with drop bars:

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yes thats the one , whats its like pexio are you impressed.
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yes thats the one , whats its like pexio are you impressed.
Yeah, I love it. It's a great bike. It handles East Coast singletrack almost as well as the aluminum-framed mtb from which most of the Ripio's parts came. The frame (size Large) weighs 5.5 lbs and is Reynolds 725 with nice welds and finish. The main differences between the Ripio and most garden-variety steel hardtails is that the Ripio's chainstays are longer (450mm), the BB is slightly lower, and there are braze-on's galore including rack, fenders (also a Crud Catcher on the down tube), and 3x bottle cages.

The pic shows the bike with Conti 2.4 Mountain Kings so there's plenty of tire clearance. Accepts V's or discs. Since the pic was taken, I've converted to Avid BB7's. It's designed for a 100mm fork like the Manitou R7 shown and Thorn sells a suspension-corrected fork with equally profuse braze-on's if you want to go rigid or want to swap back-and-forth between off- and on-road touring with front panniers and the like. I did the swap thing for a while but I got lazy so I built up an LHT for the on-road stuff.

The one downside is that you have to fit one of the only 3 sizes that are available. I'd have preferred a slightly longer top tube to match my old mtb which had flat bars but it fits perfectly with the Salsa Woodchippers. A little over $700 for the frame delivered to your door. Great bike for the GDMBR!
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Awesome bike pexio! I was really close to buying one of those for my trip through South America. I still want one. It doesn't seem like many people are riding them for some reason. I think the only thing that bugged me was that their rigid fork doesn't take discs.
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Nice bike pexio.

A: It's too clean
B: Where are the couplings for air travel.

-> poke.

PS: I accidentally passed by their store front in Bridgewater on my last UK tour.
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http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...sport/6_series

Says they have rack and fender mounts. Dunno what sort of brakes you want though, or frame material.
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Awesome bike pexio! I was really close to buying one of those for my trip through South America. I still want one. It doesn't seem like many people are riding them for some reason. I think the only thing that bugged me was that their rigid fork doesn't take discs.
Thanks, pasopia. Yeah, not many Ripios around. Prolly since it's Thorn's red-headed stepchild, it being non-Rohloff and all. Speaking of South America, a guy had a great time touring extensively there on his Ripio, chronicled here: http://thebionicdude.com.

The lack of disc capability on the Thorn Mt. Tura fork bugged me too. I ended up getting a Surly Troll fork which corrects for the Manitou perfectly and has all the braze-ons of the Thorn (except for the bottle dynamo). Here's a couple of pics with the Mt. Tura and Troll forks:



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Originally Posted by escii_35 View Post
Nice bike pexio.

A: It's too clean
B: Where are the couplings for air travel.

-> poke.

PS: I accidentally passed by their store front in Bridgewater on my last UK tour.
Thanks!

A: It was a 'newborn infant' pic. It most assuredly doesn't look that clean now
B: Couplers? Hmmmm.....
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Plenty of cross-country/trail style MTBs come with rack eyelets and are perfectly good for touring, even the aluminium ones are widely used. There are still some steel ones made. In the UK, Orange, I think Kona and Jamis make steel ones. You have to take care with fork selection, one that needs minimal maintenance on the trail.
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Plenty of cross-country/trail style MTBs come with rack eyelets and are perfectly good for touring, even the aluminium ones are widely used. There are still some steel ones made. In the UK, Orange, I think Kona and Jamis make steel ones. You have to take care with fork selection, one that needs minimal maintenance on the trail.
Yeah, I guess you could always change the handlebars if you don't find the position upright enough. If I had a lot of money just to try something out, here's something I would try: The KHS SixFifty603. http://www.khsbicycles.com/02_six-fifty-603_12.htm If you installed Falcon friction shifters and Continental Tour Ride tires on that, it might be enough. Of course, for touring I guess you'd have to upgrade the disc brakes and the suspension. But this is a 650b which means it's in between 26 inch and 700c. Some people say that's the best of both worlds.

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Thanks, pasopia. Yeah, not many Ripios around. Prolly since it's Thorn's red-headed stepchild, it being non-Rohloff and all. Speaking of South America, a guy had a great time touring extensively there on his Ripio, chronicled here: http://thebionicdude.com.

The lack of disc capability on the Thorn Mt. Tura fork bugged me too. I ended up getting a Surly Troll fork which corrects for the Manitou perfectly and has all the braze-ons of the Thorn (except for the bottle dynamo). Here's a couple of pics with the Mt. Tura and Troll forks:
Yeah, I emailed with the bionic dude a bit before my trip when I was deciding on a bike. Nice guy! The ripio looks cool with the Troll fork.
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Well, I just read a message in the mountain bike forum that made my day. It was about a teenager testing bikes saying the 29ers were easier to roll on grass than the 26ers. So, I guess now the challenge is to find a tire similar to the Michelin Tracker or Continental TourRide in 2.2 inches (for 700c). All the 29er tires I've seen go from one extreme to the other, either really knobby or very slick like the Fat Frank.
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