Pravda wrote:Whoa! This generated a lot of discussion. Thanks for the feedback, at this stage I'm looking at a Kona Jake the Snake which in my size has a 425mm chainstay so probably within the region that I'll need to shift panniers slightly. I'm 6'3, 83kg and wear a size 46. That said I'm not looking at any really epic tours just yet, trying to ease a couple of mates into some serious riding so it'll probably be just 3-4 day treks at this stage.
What other options do I have around the Jake the Snake ($1700-$1900) mark as far as bikes go, given I'll probably need to budget around $500 for other equipment.
From what I can tell online Jake the Snake
Can't see eyelets for them
And of for touring, steel is real