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    Silk Road on a MB-1

    Wait, how on Earth could he do that without a tapered headtube, or hydro brakes, not even eTap?

    https://bikepacking.com/bikes/conans...idgestone-mb-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmUT View Post
    Wait, how on Earth could he do that without a tapered headtube, or hydro brakes, not even eTap?

    https://bikepacking.com/bikes/conans...idgestone-mb-1
    That's awesome. I was looking through the pictures of the finishers and there are some surprisingly humble bikes but this is another level and is the only still running rim brakes.
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    Fantastic! I loved my MB-1s, and that year specifically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmUT View Post
    Wait, how on Earth could he do that without a tapered headtube, or hydro brakes, not even eTap?

    https://bikepacking.com/bikes/conans...idgestone-mb-1
    Whatever makes you happy. I love a good vintage bike, modified or not, but I've ridden much of that route and I was happy to have a bike with more modern accoutrements.

    Good on him.

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    Thatís really cool. Thanks for sharing!

    I also love my MB1 and it is not only one of the most durable bikes, but also extremely comfortable so to me it seems like a great choice for that adventure.

    Mine is a Ď88 and was the workhorse for getting around north Lake Tahoe the last 4 years or so before my kids could ride on their own well enough. All original except seat, tires and other wear and tear components.

    Here is what a typical load looked like. Towing easily over 100lbs, with kids, their bikes other gear, trailer and my +200Lbs. No drivetrain issues going up rocky hills and the brakes work extremely well for cantis. Has no issues stopping all that weight.

    Silk Road on a MB-1-71fd5873-c42a-4920-916b-a38f9e3bd4b4.jpg

    Also a big fan of the early trek singletrack bikes (lugged frame series) mentioned in the article. Here are two of mine. Also, very durable, but the 1990 930 with the skinnier tubing rides more comfortable like the mb1. While the 970 I have is from 1991 and has larger diameter tubing; more harsh, but responsive.

    Silk Road on a MB-1-b92977b6-6878-43f1-91fc-7b5bf0c08ab5.jpg

    Silk Road on a MB-1-470e117c-4d8b-4a6e-904d-2badd8193184.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by nowhereyonder View Post
    Whatever makes you happy. I love a good vintage bike, modified or not, but I've ridden much of that route and I was happy to have a bike with more modern accoutrements.

    Good on him.
    Pretty sure that was sarcasm in the original post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    Pretty sure that was sarcasm in the original post.
    Quite blatant I'd say.

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    Was expecting Cannondale Silk Road content. Thread does not deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowhereyonder View Post
    Quite blatant I'd say.
    For sure. If I did it, I'd definitely use something like a plus size Surly with cable disc brakes. And A Rohloff if I had the money.

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