Welsh Ride Thing was a treat, if a little cold, wasn't fully prepared for it to drop below 0° overnight. Great riding though and the Solaris was perfect for it, good to see that LLS geometry is comfortable for bikepacking too. Can fully recommend the Alpkit Exo-Rail to use a seatpack with a dropper, rock solid.
I'd hit a bit of a mental block with the frame building, feeling overfaced with not knowing what I'm doing but @PhilDAS and @M_V have provided great inspiration with just getting stuck in. So, to that end, I've ordered the ali extrusion/some cones for a jig and trawled through the Ceeway catalogue to pick out tubes/braze-ons. Waiting on a quote from them and hopefully by next weekend I can start piecing bits together.
Frame will be made out of cheaper/thicker walled tubing that'll hopefully be more forgiving, mainly Colombus Cromor with a few Life tubes. I'm not expecting a fantastic frame but I'm happy to use it as a learning experience and if I get a rideable frame that'll be a great bonus. Basing the geometry on the Genesis Vagabond/Salsa Fargo, to replace the Plug.
- Clearance for 2.2 29"
- High stack/shortish reach/drop bar
- 100x12/142x12 bolt thru
- IS disc mounts
- Full external cable routing