With my Lemond listed for sale, I have been pondering the next ride. Moving away from all things road/gravel/cross related, I want to stick to more of a MTB to compliment my fat bike and fixed gear. I have to say, on a side note here, that the fixed gear has ruined my bike stable. That bike, in all it’s fun ways, has ruined anything road related for me. I constantly find myself wanting to ride it. That’s sooo 2008 right?!? Like I care about that.
Anyway, back to the dirt. The fat bike in the woods is awesome. Sometimes however, I look for having something a little more nimble. I did try out a 29er hardtail last year, but with it’s standard cross country geometry I found quite boring. That said, here is the rundown for round two of looking for a lighter dirt bike:
29+. Steel. Rigid. Easily converted to a single speed. Checks a lot of boxes for me.
I have thought about a Krampus for quite a while, and honestly they look like a good time. Every time that I start down this road though, I think of just buying a 29+ wheelset for my ICT, which would essentially be the exact same bike…
Trek Stache 5
29+. Easy to single speed. Carbon and aluminum?!?
Similar to the Krampus, kinda, but still interesting in it’s own right. Same issues with this bike for me as the Krampus though…
(Normal) hartail 29er
Lots of bikes get lumped into this category. Just a hardtail 29er. Aluminum? Steel? Carbon? Whatever. Just a hardtail that is not fat whatsoever. Bikes on this list:
- Airborne EVO 29er (like above)
- Kona Honzo
- Surly Karate Monkey
- Haro Mary
- Trek Superfly
You get the idea…
27+. Single speed. Steel. Braze ons for days.
This bike is pretty cool, and I’ve written about it before. I like the idea of this bike a lot.
All City Log Lady
27.5. Steel. Rigid. Fun geometry. Named after a character on one of my favorite shows.
This bike looks like a party. I feel that it is a bit high priced for what you are getting. Still cool.
Thats it. Lots of bike options here in the coming weeks. Gotta sell the Lemond first though…