Why a change in direction with my bikepacking bike?
Well a few of you have been asking why i’m changing? maybe someone in OZ said that my Jones Loop handlebars were not a good idea for me! this is not true!
So why the change?
Well I have had a love / hate relationship with my Jones Handlebars (and Jones Bike’s), why? because I love the design but have always found for me the angle 45 degrees is too much! as I have been having hand and arm pain for the last few years.
Plus having got to 50+ I need some suspension.
In OZ I learned about Bike Fitting and things started to click in my head and once having a BG Bike Fit myself it just started feeling so much better. So i’m going to be changing back to
12 degree handlebar that I used 3 or so years ago and loved at the time but was looking for more hand placements and yes they are Titanium (Because very badly bent in a unplanned dismount) Charged to Salsa Bend 2 (17 degrees) handlebars
So my new bike is ordered and on it’s way. Will be here in a few weeks.
Which make? I’m going with a Pivot (why because it works with my bike fit)
Which model? a Les 29er (simple)
Fork? Fox 34 (Love them) changed damper to a Grip Damper (more oil and it’s simple)
I have ordered again a Son 28 (15x110mm) Dyno front hub (from Chris @ puresports.co.nz)
Rim’s are going to be
WTB KOM i29 (Because badly bent in a unplanned dismount)
New Rim’s DT Swiss XM 481 (a little stronger and wider at 30mm internal)
Rear Hub? Hadley made in the USA
Groupset? Shimano XT 2×10 (Longer chain life and better shifting)
That’s all the info at this point in time.
Here are a few Photo’s of my build