@James_Huang, are you going to build that drop bar 29er you talked about on the most recent podcast? It’s about time you tried one. I think that would make a good entry into any future XC field test, as well as any gravel test. Just make sure it’s rigid and has fast tires. While every homebrew version will be different, I would be curious to see how the concept of a drop bar, traditional/old 29er XC bike compares the the more modern crop of gravel bikes (or whatever they are).
Who has built a drop bar 29er (or some other MTB wheel size)? Sure, they aren’t ideal everywhere, but they’re great in most situations.
I was working on a prototype 2025 Trek Domane+. Trek rejected it. Weird.
Sadly (hah), I never actually built that up to ride. It’s back to a boring old flat bar FS bike.
This one is good though: