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Forum: Touring
01-31-23, 03:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Iíll get there, Iím just trying to slow myself...

Iíll get there, Iím just trying to slow myself down a bit. When I get something like a new bike, my immediate urge is to dive deep into dialing it in, often before Iíve used it enough to really...
Forum: Touring
01-30-23, 02:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Well, that didn't take long. I'm now the proud...

Well, that didn't take long. I'm now the proud owner of a 2021 Kona Unit X. I got it for $800 barely used (MSRP: $1400). I was hoping to snag a lightly used 2022 (which is spec'd with Shimano...
Forum: Touring
01-11-23, 02:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Taking all the responses into consideration, I...

Taking all the responses into consideration, I have a new plan. Although I the goal is still eventually to get a Surly, I'm going to aim lower for the moment. I'm looking for a used Kona Unit X, most...
Forum: Touring
12-20-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Great option. I love Kona's and they're...

Great option. I love Kona's and they're certainly more affordable than Surley!
Forum: Touring
12-20-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly do long...

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly do long chainstays do? I've never had a problem with my feet hitting the bags. I figured a touring geometry would be more comfortable and efficient, but I wasn't...
Forum: Touring
12-19-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

^^ Older Karate Monkey frames are also in play. ...

^^ Older Karate Monkey frames are also in play. From what I can tell the new ones are built for longer travel forks and wouldn't really work.
Forum: Touring
12-19-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Those are some gorgeous pics! I think if I was...

Those are some gorgeous pics! I think if I was out west I'd be more likely to keep the current set up but the amount of on road riding I do leads me to think I should have a bigger frame. I do hate...
Forum: Touring
12-19-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

That’s for the detailed responses everyone!...

That’s for the detailed responses everyone! That’s a lot to chew on.

Since a lot of people brought this up: like I said in the original post, I really don’t need front bags. I do a lot of...
Forum: Touring
12-16-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Karate Monkey is set up for 140mm of travel, it...

Karate Monkey is set up for 140mm of travel, it seems like most mtb frames are built for rigid forks or longer travel forks.

100mm is probably a big much, but I was just thinking that made sense...
Forum: Touring
12-16-22, 10:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,268
Posted By arvin smee

Suspension forks on Touring Bikes

I’m looking to build up a dedicated touring / adventure bike and was hoping to get some advice on suspension forks. Part of the reason I’m posting here is that I am having a really hard time finding...
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