January 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm #814870
My neighbour just sent away for the Colorado Trail route map. Definitely on the bucket list. Part of the Tour Divide route as well.January 19, 2017 at 8:50 am #814975
For anyone looking, one of the best seat bags out there is finally in stock again, The Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion V2 http://porcelainrocket.com/collections/store/products/mr-fusion-v2
I really liked my Apidura seat bag but the ‘tail wag’ did become an issue after some long days in the saddle. Some folks may not even notice it so it really depends on the person. While this post is not suitable for a dropper, like their Albert post is, it’s the benchmark for a straight post setup in my opinion.
January 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm #815013
Just began the process of rebuilding my Kona Rove Titanium for this year.
Today I received the first piece in the puzzle – a Niner RDO Gravel fork. Yes, this is a tapered full carbon fork with double eyelets for cargo cages.January 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm #815016
That’s a badass fork @micah356 Congrats on the purchase! That’s going to be a really nice ride my friend.
My frames already came with a carbon 3T fork but I did look for options with bosses for this season. That RDO Gravel fork will not accommodate the 650bx2.2 tire option on the Open or Lynskey so I had to passed it up. Was also looking for something with triple bosses over the standard two so I could mount an anything cage. Really like this Salsa Cutthroat Carbon Fork, but it’s a suspension correct fork.
I came up with a few other solutions I am happy with though. This will make mounting cages to my rigid and suspension forks possible. I have a different solution in the works for the Anything Cage as well as downtube mounts. The Open and Pivot already have bosses under the downtube but my other frames do not.
January 24, 2017 at 9:38 am #815019
Yeah, I was considering trying 650b, and I still might, but in the end I wanted the bosses more than the bigger tires. They really are a brilliantly versatile mounting system.
You can use Blackburn Outpost cargo cages on double mounts, that’s what I had on the trip I just got back from:
January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am #815020
Thanks @micah356 I actually have those cages coming. Following your adventures this summer was inspiring.
I’m sort of back on a 700c kick. Finding some quality tires like the WTB Nano 40 have really made a difference. I still like the 650b but it has to be really rough or really loose for me to toss them on now. Think it’s also nice to have that cush on a fully loaded rig.
Nice setup Micah! You were so right on the TI, amazing ride quality.January 24, 2017 at 9:56 am #815021
Cool. They work great. If you don’t have bags for them yet, I used the SealLine Kodiak Lightweight Dry Bag (5L) from MEC and they fit perfectly. Next camping trip I might also try doing tent on one side, sleeping bag on the other.January 24, 2017 at 10:03 am #815022
I was planning on using the Anything Bag but I’ll check those out, thanks. Have you tried the fork mounted stuff on singletrack, any snags from sitting too low or protruding to the side? I am planning to carry extra water there, to keep the weight down low but it’s certainly a great spot for tent and bag/matt as your mentioned.January 24, 2017 at 10:06 am #815023
I only rode a bit of single track, but nothing very narrow or technical. They sit much higher than front panniers at least. I also used them for extra water. A Nalgene bottle fits well, but I found that it would rattle slightly and make a pretty annoying squeaking sound. I added little pads made from an old tube onto the cage to stop that.January 24, 2017 at 10:18 am #815024
I’m going to share some recent routes i’ve plotted for some fun spring overnighters. Be great on your Rove.
Are you going to have a different setup for singletrack? On your Honzo?January 24, 2017 at 10:21 am #815025
I don’t have any single track routes planned. My first goal for this year will be the COLT.
I’m actually probably going to replace the Honzo with a Process 111. Sadly I just don’t have room to keep both. I might actually get down to three bikes this year.January 24, 2017 at 10:24 am #815026
Nice! Keep me posted on you’re C.O.L.T plans or any shakedown rides.January 24, 2017 at 10:30 am #815027
For sure. We’re still a few months out probably…
Did you find the strap-on cage mounts to be reasonably secure? I might get one for under the down tube.January 24, 2017 at 10:47 am #815028
For under the downtube they would be great. There is a flexible rubber backing and the velcro has good overlap to cinch it well.
For the fork, I suspect it could slide down. Specially on a taper shaped leg like I have (most carbon forks). On a suspension fork, I think it could work well.
I also bought these hose clamps with bosses built in for anything I need to secure better. Not a very elegant solution but used by many and works. With three of these, I should be able to comfortably secure an Anything or Cargo cage.January 24, 2017 at 10:56 am #815029
Interesting. Where did you get those hose clamps? I’m also looking into getting a mount added to the frame. Lynskey will do it but their minimum labor charge is $250 (plus shipping 2 ways).
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