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Offline LuckyPhil

Bike selection help
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:56:57 am »
Hi guys I am planning to attempt the continental divide trail and need some advice on bike selection. Fat bike or full suspension MTB? Also any thoughts on a Bob trailer? Better to go with a pannier set up?

I am a very experienced cyclist but never attempted a multi day adventure like this.
Thanks for any advice.

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Bike selection help
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2016, 12:54:30 pm »
If you area talking about the Adventure Cycling Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, then I have some useful comments...

If you are talking some other route then what I have to say may not apply.

I rode a portion in New Mexico and it was at worst two track.  Lots of washboard, which was the compelling reason to ride a mountain bike.  I used a Bob trailer and it worked out.  I think Bob trailers have a tendency to bounce and others disagree.  I do not think I would have liked panniers (I use panniers now on road).  Ride some washboard and decide if you like 26", 27.5", 29", or fat mountain bike.  I rode a 26" steel hard tailed with front suspension.


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Offline LuckyPhil

Re: Bike selection help
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2016, 03:35:55 pm »
Thanks for the input guys. I would still like input from anyone else with ideas.

Offline drakedean

Re: Bike selection help
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2016, 03:40:45 am »
Just to share my experience and maybe you can take it as a recommendation too!

I love my new Beiou BOCBM05A Carbon Fiber Complete MTB Bike.

Features are follows:

Carbon Fiber Bicycle
Full Suspension

Works great on pavement and I've taken it on a few easy mountain bike trails. Had this bike put together by a professional. He had never even heard of this brand. He said it was meant for Europe as the brakes were reversed. Was impressed with the quality, so am I, GREAT BIKE!

Offline RonK

Bike selection help
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2016, 04:57:36 am »
I don't think suspension is essential and it adds weight.
Consider also a 29er+ bike such as the 2017 Salsa Fargo and using bikepacking bags to travel ultralight. Big tires will give plenty of cush.
A useful forum about bikepacking is
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