Hey there guys - with the house renovations winding up, it means that I may have some more time on my hands for riding. After being incredibly inspired by those that have tackled Tour Aotearo, Hunt 1000 and other adventures - I feel like I would like to train myself up to gift myself some adventure which has been lacking lately.
The 3 bikes I have at the moment aren’t up to the task so I will be looking at another bike which I have been saving up for slowly.
I am after a few things with this bike. I used to ride a singlespeed on-one inbred which I really enjoyed - it was fun, flickable (26") and I could smash trails all day. It would be good to be able to find a bike that when I am not out bikepacking, it can be used as a SS for a bit of strength training at Stromlo.
The two bikes that have been suggested to me so far are the Surly Karate Monkey and the Krampus. Whilst I really like the look of them - I am just not sure about the plus size tyres.
Is there anything out there that I am overlooking? A steel 29er that is similar to the Surlys?