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Old 08-08-13, 03:40 PM
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Loaded touring with shocks

I want to hear about what works and what doesn't...
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I want to hear about what works and what doesn't...
Is this a dual suspension bike or a hard tail? You'll need to be a bit more specific.

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This works: https://www.en.tout-terrain.de/bicycles/panamericana/ I do not own one.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Thanks,
I like it. What's the price tag ?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Like many German designs it looks rugged and would probably work for adventure touring. But maybe it's over designed and engineered.....I mean all that stainless steel, Rohloff hubs and they even recommend heavy Arkel luggage. The weight of one of the reviewed setups was 18.8kg.....that's 41lbs.
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Ay Dios mio, you couldn't pay me enough...
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Originally Posted by 1-track-mind
I want to hear about what works and what doesn't...
It depends on what you plan on doing. If you are going to use the bike as a mountain bike and do off-pavement touring, at least a front shock is the way to go. A full suspension with limited travel (<4") might do well but probably won't add too much value. Something like a Moots YBB would be a better dually. It takes the edge off without inch worming down the road.

But if you are going to be doing mostly paved routes, leave the suspension at home. It's just added weight for pavement touring.

Baggage and suspension often lead to issues. First, many good mountain bikes lack rack attachments. Cheap mountain bikes may have rack mounts but the cost is a heavy bike. Single wheel trailers work well with mountain bikes. Avoid dual wheel trailers if you are planning on any single track travel. A dual wheel trailer might even be problematic on some dual tracks.

Relevate Design offers some interesting solutions to mountain bike touring if you are willing to travel very light. They are well designed and well constructed. Price is about the same as you'll find for panniers/racks or a trailer.
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read their hard tail Silk Road is Suspension fork compatible...

But, dropping the suspension entirely should appeal to weight consciousness.

Rely on the Pneumatic cushion of tires, & getting off the saddle, for suspension..

making the rear rack welded on, is a good feature, +planning for having the lights off the hub dynamo..

Thorn UK, Co Motion and Rodriquez in the US Are some of the builders to make you a bike, too..

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Originally Posted by nun
Like many German designs it looks rugged and would probably work for adventure touring. But maybe it's over designed and engineered.....I mean all that stainless steel, Rohloff hubs and they even recommend heavy Arkel luggage. The weight of one of the reviewed setups was 18.8kg.....that's 41lbs.
Of course there was a time when road bikes weighed that much and .... people used to race with them!!! IMO today cyclists have more advantages and less motivation.
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Trailer work:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post10215936

The more off-road you go, single-wheel trailers are better. They can perform well even on singletracks. Examples: BOB Yak, Extrawheel, Weber Monoporter.
On pavement, double wheel trailers perform better. Examples: Wandertec, Burley Nomad. In the link you see my Carry Freedom Y-Frame Small trailer, which is a former version of the Wandertec.

You can use whatever bike you want, as long as you got the proper gearing for propelling all the weight up the hills.

You can see a big selection here: https://www.biketrailershop.com/
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