So i'm facing a huge dilemma.
The time has come to spec my 29er touring bike and i'm struggling with the decision making process somewhat.
The bike has to be steel.
The fork also has to be steel.
Single speed friendly.(ebb, sliding or horizontal dropouts)
Absolutely no racks! (Frame bags, seat bags and handlebar bags)
Room for large tires. (2.4's at least)
Unrestricted go anywhere duality.
Think round world touring mile muncher.
The bike will go by the ultralight hiking ideals. > 15 kg gear.
Some of the candidates so far in order of preference:
Singular Swift (New model out shortly)
Singular Gryphon (New model out shortly)
Jeff Jones Diamond with Truss Fork
Now here is another tricky dilemma that must be addressed. The dreaded cockpit! I would like to maximize the volume of load carrying within this area. Perhaps using the largest dry bag setup that is practical. This may rule out drop bars so my preference would be:
The new wider Jeff Jones Loop bar with aero add ons. (Lots of hand positions here and dry bag compatible.)
800mm wide flat bar with aero addons. (Easier to attach a massive dry bag)
Drop Bars. (Perhaps limits the dry bag size.)
All water will be held in the full size front triangle frame bag using a 6L msr bladder with tube to stem. I do not want extranous brazeons for bottles and all that stuff with the one exception being a salsa anything cage perhaps.
Please, please help me alleviate the decision making process.