Road Snob Builds a "Touring" Bike

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Slammed
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by Slammed

This is my attempt at building a touring bike. Right now I'm just using it to ride gravel but next year I hope to do some extended off-road tours. She's no lightweight at 11kg, but it's not that bad considering the frameset weighs 4 kilos.

The build list looks something like this:

Frameset: Salsa Marrakesh
Shifters: 6800 Ultegra
Derailleur: 6800 Ultegra medium cage.
Cassette: 11-42t XT
Cranks: RaceFace Next SL 170mm, 42T
Wheels: WTB i19 32h rims, DT Swiss 240 hubs
Tires: Compass 44mm Snoqualmie Pass, setup tubeless
Brakes: TRP Spyre
Bars: Easton EA70ax 40cm
Stem: Easton EA90 120mm
Post: Easton EA70
Saddle: Bontragero Serano RL 128mm

Sorry for the awful pictures, but here it is.

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xcnick
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by xcnick

I saw a guy riding one of these (or pretty much the same) on the Torino-Nice rally last year. It looked like it could survive anything!!

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joec
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by joec

Needs a big saddle bag and a rack!

HaroldC
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by HaroldC

Cool bike and build. You're going to love the Compass tires. How do you like the handlebars? I was thinking about getting the carbon ones for my Warbird.

Slammed
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by Slammed

HaroldC wrote:Cool bike and build. You're going to love the Compass tires. How do you like the handlebars? I was thinking about getting the carbon ones for my Warbird.

The bars are definitely interesting. While in the drops you get a lot of control and comfort but they do put you in a ridiculously upright position. I also run traditional bars slammed to the tire on all my other bikes, which is probably why these bars feel kind of odd.

kulivontot
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by kulivontot

Where's the rack?

Slammed
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by Slammed

kulivontot wrote:Where's the rack?

Not planning on using any racks, but I will be accumulating a full set of bags over the Winter.

kulivontot
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by kulivontot

Sounds like you're doing bike touring wrong then

Slammed
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by Slammed

kulivontot wrote:Sounds like you're doing bike touring wrong then

If we're going to get technical, I guess I'm going bikepacking. I could do a traditional rack and pannier setup but In my eyes a good set of bags are superior.

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ross
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by ross

Did you take the photos with a potato? :D

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