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Old 09-25-13, 08:00 PM
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Is this build ok?

I got the bug to build a touring bike, sold all my spare parts on ebay and this is what I got so far. Building bike with wheels already have, will upgrade to stronger set later. Trying to do this on a budget by buying used/ebay. The funnest part is building them, main reason I did not buy complete. Must admit, came really close to buying a disctrucker.

2013 Kona Rove frameset - same as Kona Sutra touring frame, chainstays are not really long but good enough. (ebay used)



Hayes CX-5 Mechanical Disc Brake road 160 rotor front and back (bb7's were wanted but budget won, these also come stock on the Sutra with decent reviews)
Tektro RL340 Ergo Brake Levers (cables included with brakes)
Shimano SL-BS77 9-SPEED Bar End Shifters (cables included)
Shimano Deore M591 SGS Rear Derailleur
Shimano Deore M590 9Speed Crankset W/BB 26/36/48 rings
Sram X.9 9SP Front Derailleur
Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar
Shimano XT hubs 32 hole on Sun Ringle Equalizer 29er rims (my mtn rims, will go 36 hole wheelset when ebay budget increases)

I have spare saddle, post and stem (cheap but will do for now)

Not purchased yet below.
Cassette - thinking at least up to 34
I am down to choice of a good tire front and back, need to research but frame will take up to 42 without fenders and 40 with.
Racks and fenders are yet decided as well.
Going with Ortlieb on panniers but for time being I have a Bob trailer.

So far I am in it 700 but had wheels and small stuff.

Any advice or critiques welcome. I am 230 so hill climbing is my weakness but can get up all of them.
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build it up and see .. XT level gear is not required to go on a bike tour.




Hope it will fit you, after all that..

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Pretty much staying away from the XT stuff, only went Deore except for my used mtn wheels, trying to keep cost down. Hopefully by weekend all parts will show up and I can put it together.
From researching on here and other forums, most seem to like the Deore group for longevity/durability, I kept that in mind.

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Yes, that is quite a reasonable looking spec. What fork is that?
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The previous owner bought a carbon fork for it, ebay special he said. He sold it with both forks, I plan on using the metal Kona fork which has never been installed or cut. May throw the carbon one back on ebay for wheel funds.
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The steel for carbon fork is probably a good idea. The build looks fine.
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I'd tour on that set up. That frame looks sharp.
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The Deore M590 9Speed Crankset with 26/36/48 rings is a great touring crank. You can install a 22t inner ring for climbing steep hills. At $7 it's a smart buy. Using this inner chainring an an 11-32 cassette provides a huge range.

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Looks good. Do you have an expected load in mind? With regards to racks, bags, panniers think about loading weight from the frame to the wheels instead of the rear wheel forward. A heavy pile of panniers on the rear rack might seem the right way to pack but on some bikes it's like loading the trunk of a car so much the front wheels lift up.
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Having a tough time deciding on tires and fenders, weigh 230 but will never have more than 50 lbs gear. Want tires that will be robust and conquer occasional dirt road.
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Continental travel contact .. they had tours past the end of the pavement in mind.
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Went with scwalbe marathon mondials, 35mm. All parts in except tires, handlebars and casette, enough to get most done this weekend. Thanks touring forum for great research sources.
Bike shop gave me some fender for free, were heading for dumpster.
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Got some of it together..... crappy phone photos
Need to get some headset spacers, this is not how it will sit, seat will come down and stem up.

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It is 90 % complete, tomorrow will be maiden voyage minus racks of course. One big complaint with Kona, they made the Sutra and Rove with a headtube that only one supplier will make (FSA) a headset for. It is a weird 41mm semi integrated headset, not sure that will be good down the road if it goes bad. Just a thought for anyone thinking of this frame. I ordered an extra headset for the future.

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Went over budget but still squeezed in a set of Ortlieb sport packers and racktime addit rack. The sport packers are just a tad smaller then back rollers, thinking they will be ok for the rear.
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Looks great. Checkout Revelate frame bags. I've got a medium Tangle bag that fits perfectly on a 56cm CrossCheck or LHT. It's like having a glove compartment on a bicycle.

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...g&CategoryID=1
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