- Light tourer CX type bike
OK I am rubbish at choosing bikes so after advice and probably do not know enough.
Looking for a light touring type bile as I have a couple of charity rides coming up this year and only have a Specialized Epic which is inappropriate.
Budget not too important as I promised myself a second bike but looking at a bit of an all rounder.
Use will be tracks and footpaths along with road. Did the Trans Penine Trail last year so similar terrain to that really.
Thinking Salsa Fargo or Vaya type or CX capable of taking a pannier. It will never be heavily loaded but something I can comfortably do 100 miles a day on for a few days and use as an all year round bike. Probably want to have disks on it as well.Posted 5 years ago
Looked at the Surly bikes and did not really fancy them, not sure what it is but they don’t float my boat.
Nearly bought a Specialized Tricross last year but they couldn’t show me a pannier that fit.
So it may be a Solsa but as metal_leg says Vaya is a road tourer which can go off-road Fargo is a off-road tourer which can do road so which should I plump for.
I like the idea of the Fargo. Any other alternatives.Posted 5 years ago
Yeah seen the Pinnacle and its designed by the guy that used to do Genesis, however it is an Evans brand, call me a brand snob but what is the product quality like. That said even if the frame fell apart you would stil have some shiny 105 bits!
Might be interested in the Vapour, 6ft will I fit a 56cm frame? I tend to go a little smaller than bigger, my Epic is a medium.
Looking at overall designs the reason I didn’t get the Spesh Tricross was the pannier and that was due to having the brake caliper on the seat stay rater than the chain stay. I know its picky but from a usability point of view I am reading that makes some difference.Posted 5 years agojimilindleyMember
400 quid carbon crosser, with discs?Posted 5 years ago
@MSP Why oh why oh why does somebody always have to do that.
I looked at the Shand briefly last year and thought, out of budget. This year the budget is better and its a lovely bike. But is it £1000 better bike?
It sort of ticks another box which is to get something different which would start to include Van Nicholas,Moots, Linksey. It would have to be something special to go over £2k.
But there are a lot of good value bikes out there like the Trek.Posted 5 years agoscotroutesSubscriberPete Nugent wrote:
It sort of ticks another box which is to get something different which would start to include Van Nicholas,Moots, Linksey.
Van Nicholas Amazon??
Something like this in touring mode
or cross it upPosted 5 years agoGrahamSSubscriberaazladSubscriber
Earlier today I collected my brand new Cotic >x< from Bike Doctor in Rusholme and my first impression is…Wow.
I’ve only ever ridden mountain bikes but wanted a quick commuter that would make me more inclined to bike the 25km commute which includes the Ashton canal and Tame Valley Way (75%) with a bit of road through Ashton and Stalybridge.
I test rode it earlier along the section of the Pennine Bridleway that runs through Saddleworth and I’m very impressed. It’s fast, light and gobbled the muddy bits and cobbles no problem. I can’t wait to ride it into Manchester in the morning. I already feel at home on it and on the drops bars.
The road.cc review gave it a right good kicking (the reviewer was probably comparing it to a road bike) but having read the cyclistno1.co.uk reviews, based on my first impression I would say they got it bang on (from a mountain bikers perspective).
I test rode a couple of Genesis (CDF and Day One)(albeit only around Evans’ car park) and I couldn’t image tackling cobbles and mud on them but the Cotic was very comfortable.
The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the decision on Saturday morning whether to go out on the mountain bike or grab the >X< and tour the Dark Peak.Posted 5 years agodamitamitMember
I’ve got the aluminium version of the old Van Nic Amazon, the Airborne Carpe Diem. Over the years I’ve used it as a road bike, cross bike and tourer. Very versatile!
So something like would be good. I’m just in the process of transferring all the parts over to a Salsa Casseroll (the new version takes canti’s, thou I’m unsure how CX orientated it is), as they were cheap at Triton Cycles.
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