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  1. #1
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    Mar 2014

    Smile What do you need for a ride from SoCal to Montana?

    First of all is that even possible. I want to use my mtb. My friends think I'm crazy. Are they right?

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    May 2009
    Absolutely'll need... lots of research!
    I dig dirt!

  3. #3
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    Aug 2011
    Tell us more about your current bike. Mt bikes are pretty versatile. You should think about mounting points for your front and rear racks. Or trailer. Or frame bags. Also you will want smooth tires. Triple chainrings? Those would work well for the low end. 44-11 should be enough for the high end.

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    Just had a friend ride from SW montana to SanFran this past fall. You can do it ! Start looking over the maps to figure out a route that entices you the most.

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    Apr 2004
    A 44 mag to protect you from bears and crazy rednecks...jk.

    Where is Montana are you looking to go? You might be able to hook up with part of the CDT. It would probably be more interesting than some of the roads.

    I would look at a 29er with semi-slicks (maybe SB8s) and bikepacking bags. That way you could hit singletrack on your way. A Salsa Fargo might be a good alternative also.
    "Paved roads...just another example of needless government spending"—paraphrased from rhino_adv

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