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Years ago I searched for the most robust dual suspension bike I could find to take on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. I decided on the Aeon Isis, because it's rear stays are massively strong. It is also a single pivot design which is simpler and considered more robust than the 4 bar linkage designs. Check out Adventure Cycling's Bike recommendations here

Sram Attack 9 sp twist shifters (simpler than thumb shifters)
Avid SD 2.0 brake levers
XT rear derailleur
LX front derailleur
LX Vbrakes
Shimano Deore 175 length Triple Mtn crankset 44,33,22
Rock Shox Ruby fork
Rock Shox Float R rear shock
Velocity Aerohead Rims
LX front and rear hubs, 12-34 cassette
Maxxis Knobby 26x1.95 tires

The bike is in near new condition and has less than 100 miles. It has a few tiny scratches, but you have to look hard to find them. The only noticeable one is in the Aeon label on the right side.

The reviews on this bike are near 5 stars. Here are some:

The Ruby fork is a coil and elastomer design for simplicity and reliability in mind. It wasn't an expensive model with oil or air dampening, but it works well and you don't have to worry about a leak.

Partner this bike with a Bob Trailer or Extra Wheel trailer, and you have a very comfortable and robust rig for the miles of washboard and bumpy trails.

Shortly after buying the bike, I was unfortunately in a car accident and had back surgery. After many years of rehab, I've recovered somewhat, but I'm afraid I won't be healthy enough to ride the route as intended. So it's time to let the bike go.

I believe that VBrakes are more reliable for touring, because a rotor can be bent and render a disc brake unusable. However, the frame and fork have disk brake tabs if you want to upgrade later or replace them.

I'm 5'10, 32” inseam, and the bike fits. I think the size is ideally suited for someone 5'5 to 5'10. The effective top tube is 59 cm.

Please note that the saddle is not included in the offer.

Please pm me if you're interested. Asking $500. Thanks for looking.

Gear Talk / Softride touring bike?
« on: March 08, 2005, 04:07:17 am »

Would a custom touring bike with a softride beam make sense? My theory is that the ride would be smooth, but would the rider's upper body have to work harder to balance the load since the rider's body mass isn't firmly attached to the frame? (assuming beam durability not a factor)
Anyone try this setup or have a counter theory? Thanks in advance.

Gear Talk / Great Divide with full suspension?
« on: April 15, 2004, 06:40:17 am »
I'm planning to ride the Great Divide, and im having a hard time deciding between a full suspension MTB (Aeon Isis w/ Bob trailer), or an expedition tourer (Thorn Nomad w/ panniers and suspension seatpost.)  Here are some personal criteria...
1.I prefer the feel of panniers over the Bob
2.I've had lower back problems in the past and i'd really prefer the comfort of full suspension. I read about the washboard.
3.However, I often wonder if full suspension is wise because it's one more thing that could break down.

I've read the book "Cycling the Great Divide", but i'm looking for more opinions. Thanks in advance.

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