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2015/11/13 08:33:50 (permalink)

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Over the winter my plan is to build up a dirt road worthy Bacchetta.  Something very much (identical?) like Bentcyclist's incredible accomplishments. 
I've decided to use my CA2 for flattish terrain, by Ti Aero for mountains.  But I want a frame that will suit me for the dirt road terrain.  Just the frame because almost everything else will be custom. 
 
I'd very much appreciate advice and suggestions. 
 
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    bentcyclist
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    Re: Dirt 2015/11/13 13:08:16 (permalink)
    Dan - if you want to stick with the high racer platform and in the Bacchetta family of options, you can't beat the Giro 26 aluminum frame. It's fairly light and very tough. Knock off the rear caliper brake boss and you can run up to a 650b tire in a mountain bike width. Allows dual disc brakes which is a must off road. If you want a lower BB height, you can run a 26" rear and 24 inch rear. Lots of suspension and unsuspended forks to choose from. If you want to try an LWB format, you can't beat the Bella frame; better climber than a high racer on dirt, but more to transport.
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    Re: Dirt 2015/11/13 14:35:47 (permalink)
    The following set up has worked really well for me,
     
    Giro 26 frame
    Shockster Rear Suspension
    26" front suspension fork 
    29er rear wheel
    24 (507) front wheel
    Recurve seat.
     
     
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    Re: Dirt 2015/11/13 15:46:39 (permalink)
    Wouldn't you want the Giro 26 frame?  You need the strength of the steel.  These are rated for up to 275lbs.  

    The aluminum frames were max'd at 230lbs. in previous years, now at 250.  That's still a pretty big difference for a relatively low increase in weight.  You're going to add a ton of weight to this through customizing it anyway, so I think strength trumps weight in this case.

    I'm building up a Cromoly to be my dirt beast.  I'll shoot pictures once completed and do a brief write up.

    Cheers!

    ~God Bless and Safe Cycling~

    Riding to keep the temple in working order, Riding to keep the earth green, Riding to be a healthy father, Riding with my wife.
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    Re: Dirt 2015/11/13 17:09:37 (permalink)
    All of my Bacchetta off-roader bents (except the Ti Aero) have been aluminum frames with zero issues. Save grams where you can; climbing is tough enough off-road on a bent.
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    Re: Dirt 2015/11/17 21:30:45 (permalink)
    I just posted on the other thread: Making a Ti-Aero Dirt-Worthy.... the end product for me.

    ~God Bless and Safe Cycling~

    Riding to keep the temple in working order, Riding to keep the earth green, Riding to be a healthy father, Riding with my wife.
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    Re: Dirt 2015/11/19 15:26:47 (permalink)
    bentcyclist
    All of my Bacchetta off-roader bents (except the Ti Aero) have been aluminum frames with zero issues. Save grams where you can; climbing is tough enough off-road on a bent.

    I'm too fat... I have what seems to be MILLIONS of extra grams to lose... LOL!  So, I guess I'm more sensitive to the strength of the bike.

    ~God Bless and Safe Cycling~

    Riding to keep the temple in working order, Riding to keep the earth green, Riding to be a healthy father, Riding with my wife.
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    Re: Dirt 2019/06/23 11:15:29 (permalink)
    How wide of a tire can you put on a giro 26 with disc brakes?? Also, do they still make steel and aluminum framed giro’s?? I think a gravel grinder on a giro would be fun!!
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