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    Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.

    I am looking to get a drop bar 29er to use for commuting, singletrack, and bikepacking. There are many options out there, I was hoping for some help and information to steer me in the right direction.

    There are bikes by Surly, Salsa, Siren, but, I am not sure if there are other makers out there who offer drop bar 29er options, please help!


    Thank you all in advance.

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    Technically, all road bikes and the variations thereof (CX, gravel grinders, touring rigs) are drop bar 29ers. BAM, more options!

    Here's a pic of my Jake, which acts as my road/commuter/bikepacking rig. I've taken it on singletrack, but it's a bit squirrely Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.-375664_10151626701289398_436416146_n.jpg

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    Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.

    Add drop bars to any bike.

    Every drop bar rider has their own favorite. Mine is a Salsa.
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    I am looking more toward the wider tire accommodating bikes, not fat bike wide, but wider than cross, gravel grinder or touring bikes.

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    Specialized AWOL might work for you. It comes with 42mm tires but will fit up to 2.2 inch tires.

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    That looks fun, but I wonder how durable the frame is?

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    Build one yourself. That way you get the components and fit you want.
    I ordered a normal 29er frame one size smaller than I would normally take to get a shorter top tube. A higher headtube would be nice so less spacers are required.
    Unless you have the big bucks to run the new hydraulic brifters then brakes are the big problem with a drop bar bike. If you run brifters you need to either run road BB7s or travel agents. I wasn't impressed with the road BB7s. They were difficult to keep adjusted close enough for good lever feel but keep from rubbing.

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    Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.

    I bought a Surly Ogre complete and swapped the stock bar for a Salsa Woodchipper. Picked up some Retroshift brake levers and shifters that work with my existing brakes and drivetrain. I also bought a size smaller frame than I would normally ride. I left the steer tube longer and bought a shorter, high-rise stem.

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    Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.

    Or you can just buy a Salsa Fargo and be done with it.

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    Here's some ideas.

    I Beg You, More MONSTERCROSS

    Also check out a lot of the new gravel grinder forums and news. Seems to be a popular setup for longer touring.

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    Don't forget Singular Gryphon.

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    What is the most cost effective method? A complete bike or one that you build up yourself?

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    The second picture Slash5 posted with the bigger tires is pretty much the exact setup I am looking to acquire. That is a great colored frame as well!

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    Can you elaborate on issues with mtn BB7s and brifters? I'm helping a buddy with a touring rig and I think he bought those.

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    I put drop bars on my Karate Monkey once. I used a shorter stem to get the reach in the correct position. I did not like the handling at all. Felt kind of awkward. That was awhile ago, so I can't remember exactly what I didn't like about it, but I just remember that it didn't work very well.

    Using a super long seatpost, a ton of headset spacers, and a high rise stem looks horrible to me, but obviously some people are okay with that.

    The Fargo just seems like the obvious choice unless you want to go custom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29 View Post
    The Fargo just seems like the obvious choice unless you want to go custom.
    Can the Fargo take a beating? Is it a tough frame?

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    Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.

    Anything from salsa can take a beating

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    Re: Need opinions on drop bar 29ers.

    Quote Originally Posted by falconpunch79 View Post
    Technically, all road bikes and the variations thereof (CX, gravel grinders, touring rigs) are drop bar 29ers. BAM, more options!

    Here's a pic of my Jake, which acts as my road/commuter/bikepacking rig. I've taken it on singletrack, but it's a bit squirrely Click image for larger version. 

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    What size tires are you running on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzank6 View Post
    What size tires are you running on that
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