- Rigid 29er build for long "mixed" rides bikepacking etc.. what frame?
Going to build up a Rigid geared 29er for longer “mixed” rides (sustrans tracks, bridleways, singletrack through the woods etc)
Looking at either an Inbred with a Salsa Cro-Moto/Fargo fork or a Karate Monkey Frame.
Plus for the Inbred is that it’s cheaper. But it only has one set of bottle bosses and rear tyre clearance on the vertical dropout bikes is a bit tight.
Plus for the Karate Monkey is that has 2 sets of bottle bosses, lots of tyre clearance, could be run singlespeed if I decided to go that route in the future.
Anything else worth considering?
The Salsa El Mariachi looks great but is just a bit too expensive at £500 for a frame and a fork.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
Would have said Singular Peregrine but you’re back into the F+F price. 3 sets of bosses.
I have one. Love it to bits, very versatile, 100 mile mixed trail rides, blast round local woods, poodle on local roads, mixed in with some fire roads – has been great.
But folk swear by the Salsa..Posted 4 years ago
This plus a rigid Salsa fork might work nicely…Posted 4 years agoteadrinkerSubscriber
I’m looking for a new 29er for similar type needs after I stupidly sold my Cooker. Can’t praise them enough, brilliant bike.
Budget for me is quite tight at the moment but can’t stop looking at this for the money and upgrades for the future. I’ve always had steel frames so will be interesting to see the change.Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
I bought a genesis fortitude adventure for such duties, rack mounts mudguard mounts and even extra mounts for other stuff I haven’t worked out yet. I think there are still a few shops who have stock, and prices have dropped pretty low last time I looked. Alfine gears though so not to everyone’s taste.Posted 4 years agohebdencyclistMember
Does it absolutely have to be a 29er? You could build a bridleway flyer onto an old but high quality steel mtb frame. I did it and recently rode the Pennine Bridleway fully loaded.The frame was a 1990s M Trax with titanium front triangle. I got it from Retro bike for £30. The build was a lot of fun and the bike a dream to ride.Posted 4 years agothebrowndogMember
29er Inbred here. Ive had a 2.4 OO Chunky Monkey on the back with no clearance issues. It does only have one set of bottle bosses but you can get clamps to attach others if needed. Great for bikepacking and general hacking around. Very happy with mine though if Id had the money at the time it would have been a Singular Swift.Posted 4 years agoNaranjadaMember
I have a Singular Gryphon in L with Avid road BB7 brakes on Dia Comp levers, Ultegra 10 speed bar end shifter and On One Midge bars that are clamped in a Ritchey Comp 90mm, 30 degree stem, a good-as-new Hope headset and a Shimano UN sealed BB for sq taper cranks …but obviously you can fit an external BB if you wish. I’ll even chuck in the 9 speed Deore rear mech which works a-OK with the 10 speed shifter for a 1×10 setup.
It’s a lovely, comfy and swift bike to ride on road and on dirt, it handles singletrack beautifully and has the EBB for single speeding options. And two sets of bottle bosses!
If you’re interested let me know and I’ll take some pics once I’ve given it a clean. Not sure about the price yet but it’ll be keen. I’m in Manchester / Peak district.
Cheers.Posted 4 years agoOCBMember
Decent range of frames out there for this kinda bike – Swift/Gryphon/Peregrine/El Mar/Fargo … (but all at a price I guess).
Enabler forks are a good option (inevitably now recommending what you own) … I run my Swift with Salsa Enabler forks, which have lots of mounting options, and give you 135mm at each end (which I really like, but it may or may not be useful to you 😉 ).
Tyre space wise – I’ve got a (version I) 2.4 Conti Mountain King on a 30mm Salsa rim in the back of mine, and there’s plenty of room to spare. The next generation Swift/Gryphon will have still more room I understand. I’d expect the El Mar’ to be an equally good bike (It was a very close second to the Swift on my list).Posted 4 years agoNaranjadaMember
I’m allergic to drop bars offroad so anything cxey or fargo-esque is out
To be honest I was unsure before my first proper off-road excursion but, as Sam implies, it’s an ace seating position and one that the Gryphon executes very well.
I think I’d have enjoyed keener brakes, or at least a better setup, as I found power lacking but I think better cables and better levers might have sorted that out.
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Gryphons with flat bars too.Posted 4 years ago
To be honest I haven’t tried drops offroad as I have never really felt the need. Also, I already have brakes, a nice low rise bar and a stem that I’m going to use for the build.
Lots of Karate Monkeys seem to get built with drops so if I go that way, you never know…Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
I’ve got a collection of alt drop bars and I like them, not a massive fan but I do prefer them to flat bars for a rigid 29er distance bike. H-bars are the best compromise ime, or anything similar that lets you use MTB controls with more sweep that the usual 9-10 degrees. Salsa bend 2s are good.Posted 4 years ago
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