Please share your experience with me so that I may better choose which Surly frame to build up. The desire for this build stems from my severe want for a geared mountain bike. I realize that this bike needs to fit many categories and will not excel at one thing because it has to do so many things.
I can get by with a rigid bike most of the time, but the local mountain bike trail I ride has some limestone rock erosion and encounters with baseball sized loose rock at speed is all too common. Though I have ridden this trail 26" rigid and it is doo-able, it just isn't as fun without some front squish. (I have had a pug on this trail and front squish is not required for fat tires)
These are my requirements in order of importance:
Local mountain bike trail riding - I need to keep up with the pack which I have no problem with on my 1x1.
Bikepacking - This bike will see the west Texas Desert and needs to hold a TON of water and frame bags.
Local mountain bike races - I am not that competitive and do this mainly for fun. The bike I haved raced is a 29lb 1x1 so I don't need an ultra light whizzy-whig mountain bike. This is the least important because the 1x1 has been built lighter and can be my race bike since I really like to race single speed.
Trailer - A Bill/Ted hitch might be in my future.
Troll - owned one but it was too small for me, LOVED IT. I like 650B (my 1x1 is 650B) better than 29er for what I do but maybe I don't have enough 29er exposure
Ogre - Troll with 29er sounds good, I know folks with smaller legs than myself that love theirs. Possibly better riding rigid than 26er or 650b?
Pugsley - Nothing beats fat tires in the fun department. I took a 2013 complete to big bend and it was awesome but very heavy and very slow. I did the racks/panniers which added to the weight and my build will be lighter than the complete. My girlfriend has one, and it is fun on the local trails I have ridden. No easy suspension options for the front but I don't think this is required.
Krampus - Supposed to be much faster feeling and loads of fun. Front suspension may not be required.
Experience to share?
Thanks in advance.
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