Are there any other options?
Okay, so I'm sitting here a little bored, having just polished off a nice bottle of red, and starting to work up my next bike – not that it's going to materialise for a while yet, but anyway…
I've just got a 'that british brand that loads of forumites are getting upset about the advertising of' Hemlock – a nice jack of all trades possibly master of none, versatile full susser – and think for my next bike I'd like a diffeent kind of jack of all trades type bike. I'm thinking rigid drop bar 29er which I can have a couple or three wheel sets for – mtb 29er, cross/touring and road. So I can have a reasonable chance of keeping up on club runs (road wheels), commute along the tow & cycle paths (cross/possibly just change the tyres on the road wheels) and do some touring on too (probably with front and rear panniers).
Therefore I think a steel fork rather than carbon is the preferable option – that and I'm a bit of a carbon sceptic/luddite!
So far the only bike I can see that would give me that versatility is the singular swift, but does it have rack mounts?
Also, I presume that I'd need to leave some spacers on the steerer to be able to switch from an off road drop bar position to a more roadie position?
CheersPosted 8 years ago
Either a Swift or one of the forthcoming Gryphons. Gryhon could get the nod as it's rigid specific and for mine looks better when run rigid as a virtue of that. It doesn't have rack/mudguard mounts either but if your touring was fairly irregular and not too loaded then p clips on the seat stays would work fine.
A road rat is definitely a nice option as well – and has rack mounts etc.
A Peregrine could also be a possibility? Though not as off road capable as a Gryphon can still be fun in the dirt with 48mm tyres (or a bit bigger up front). Does the road/touring bit much better as well.
SamPosted 8 years ago
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