Hello, moving a post from the 29er section. Was going to do 29er adventure touring bike, but after swinging my leg over a 650b, it felt better. I'm about 5ft 6in, so I think the 650 suits me better (spins faster, etc).
I started ordering parts and posting pictures as they come.
I originally wanted the entire X9 drive train, but I decided to cut costs where I can to spend on some better wheels.
Ordered the X7 rear derailleur, a bit cheaper than the X9 I wanted, and I read there was marginal much performance difference. I got the medium cage as I intend run 11-32 cassette.
I also received my SRAM X5 crankset. 170mm, 42/28t. The X5 is a great bang for the buck. For a little over $100 I got the entire crankset and the GXP bottom bracket. It's a bit on the heavy side, and read somewhere that the inner ring is steel which explains a lot But at least it will be durable. I also debated the XT crankset, but decided based on price point.
In my previous post, I was debating on going drop bar (like the Fargo) or going mountain bar. I decided going mountain bar because it was cheaper, and lighter. For my longer 100 milers, I plan on using aero bars, which I would also be using if I had drop bars as well. Not to mention, going drop bar would require a mountain frame geo with shorter TT like the Mariachi or Fargo, which are both around $750 for the frame, a bit pricey although I do like both frames.
I picked up X0 grip shifters for a deal on Ebay.
Th grip shifters will give me more space for mounting bags and gear on the handlebar, plus they are lighter than the SRAM Apex shifters I wanted to get. Overall, I saved about 322g (0.71 lbs) and $80.
Next up, I will order the frame and fork once my paypal payment clears. Hopefully, I will have it in two weeks. As mentioned earlier, I wanted to get a Mariachi or Fargo, but I plan on getting the On-One 4650B (once it comes to the US), and pairing it with the Fargo fork.
I really like the Faro fork as it gives me the rigid steel build I'm looking for, but digging the extra bottle mounts on the fork for my longer rides.
Will keep updated as I build!
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