FractalFootwork last edited by
A couple weeks ago I test rode a Trek Checkpoint and loved it. Coming previously from a Trek FX, I think downbars are the next step for me, and I’d also like to try biking an overnight/camping/overlandish style trip.
Downbars are scary at first, quicker steering with significantly less steering weight, but I think I’ll get used to them.
Do you guys have any recommendations for a similar style bike by a different brand?
Cool colors are a +. I like the pastel forest green that I saw on a yet unreleased Canyon.
VincentMalamute last edited by
@fractalfootwork I rode someone's Checkpoint and absolutely loved the shape and ergonomics of the GRX brifters. I bought a Canyon Grail 7.0 which is the equivalent of the Checkpoint.
Downside is that the Grail doesn't have as many built in mounting points for bikepacking. Upside is it's quite a few hundred dollars cheaper due to the direct to consumer sales model.
ITA97 last edited by ITA97
@fractalfootwork Trek's teal is a lovely color.
Salsa is well known for their gravel bikes, and they tend to put a ton mounts on their bike for carry all sorts of stuff if one is inclined. They tend to make a nice bike at a nice price point. They won't have anything fancier or better than a carbon Checkpoint, but they also have a variety of good aluminum bikes at more modest price points. I own a Salsa Journeyman 700c, which is what got me into cycling and changed my life.
Drop-bar gravel bikes are wonderfully versatile machines that can competently do a variety of different types of riding. I ended up with a second wheelset for mine (650b with 2.2" XC rubber) that is tons of fun on mild/moderate-ish mtb single track and heavenly smooth on gravel, and the original 700c wheelset with some 32c cross tires for hard-gravel and impersonating a road bike.
spacekraken last edited by
@fractalfootwork Either of the above suggestions are great, and from everything I hear the GRX is pretty much the drivetrain to get these days. I have a Kona Rove I absolutely love but if you're looking into bikepacking and touring their Sutra lineup might be a better fit (way more mounts, but slower on road). Drop bars are very fun and add so much speed-don't forget if you want easier steering you can ride up on the hoods.
barnie last edited by
Go get a FitKit or this decades equivalent done on yourself. Some higher end or racing shop will have one. Worth the couple hundred it'll cost if your fully grown. It gets all your critical measurements. Then shop for frames or bikes to fit before ever riding them. I rode Bianchis because I short arms but long body and legs. I could ride their stock frames. Never liked Treks or Canons because the frames never fit. Short top tubes so I needed a long stem which messed up steering feel, etc. Components are just stuff stuck on the frame, sometimes sized to make up for deficiencies of the frame.
Highlander last edited by
@fractalfootwork Niner? They make a variety of drop bar touring/gravel bikes. Lots of attachment points. I’m not biased at all.