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Just finished building up and first-time-shredding this Coconino Cycles creation.

Bike for life.

It's a drop-bar friendly touring rig that can handle an endomorph up front and fit lots of meat in back too (tons of clearance with 2.5s). I'd been kicking the idea around for a few years but nobody makes such a production bike, so I called Garro.



HT 70.5', ST 72', S/O 32.75", TT 24.5" (tall, long torso, short legs). Flawless brazing. 44mm fork rake. Fork by Wade at Vulture Cycles in Bend--it too is beautiful. Four water mounts. Running KH 47mm rims with 2.5s. 185/203 BB7s. OMM racks. Paragon sliders for versatility.



Big, stout, classic rig--and a wonderful ride. It's fun to think about what corners of the world we will visit.



I just read Celt say in another post...

Steve Garro is a down to earth guy that happens to enjoy building custom bicycle frames for a silly reasonable price. The time, thought, and sweat equity he puts into each build is unparalleled. Craftsmanship doesn't begin to describe Steve's work. He's a true artisan that takes care in frame building to an absurd, almost maniacal level.

...Well said. Couldn't agree more.

- Taylor
 

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That is one of the most beautiful, balanced and versatile bikes I've ever seen. Good luck and happy travels!

I will use this machine as inspiration to set up my custom fatbike (which should be ready in a few weeks' time).
 

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Francis Buxton said:
What seat is that? Evidently I haven't been paying attention, b/c it looks nice.
Looks like a Selle An-Anatomica. I had to pry my eyes away from the rest of the bike to take a look at the seat, that bike is purely amazing, and just jumped to the top of my "oh dear god I want that" list. Congrats to the owner, and nice work Mr. Garro!
 

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Echo what others have said here. Really curious for where you plan to ride and how long you plant to be "out there"? Ratio dirt to road? What will the rest of the touring kit consist of?

The only things that strike me as odd are the flat pedals for a long distance touring bike and, more so, how far back the seat is positioned on the clamp. Would it make more sense to have a setback seatpost? I've broken a rail or two with a similar set-up on a short top tube (too short for me) bike.
 

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Campred-yes, a fat tire will fit in that front rack. Haven't pieced together a fat front wheel set up yet.

Francis-Jag's right, it's a Sella. Cheaper and more comfy than a brooks (I think). I went to Sella three years ago and was stunned at the inferiority of everything else I'd ever tried. But that's it really is a butt-specific thing.

Wilson-yes, the fit and ride are wonderful. I was riding this evening and could have kept riding all night. When you forget the bike is there you know it's good. Garro's work is very literally world class.

Chuck, mostly plan to ride in N. AZ. And mostly weekend over-nights, two- or three nighters--working man trips from my Flagstaff doorstep to beyond and back. I do plan to do some longer touring also--up to a few weeks. S. America, Mexico, Col Plateau. Hopefully will find time in life for a time-unlimited tour also--living on the bike. This bike will spend probably 70% of it's life on dirt. It'll get 8-10 miles on dirt most evenings and then whatever commuting by day but I work from home. I prefer riding on dirt. Flat pedals are for around town and evening shreds--the daily routine (it's a grocery getter too). SPDs for longer jaunts. Seat's more centered and a tad higher now after feeling the fit out more. Don't have a touring kit list, but somewhat minimalist for one- or two-nighters (I'm anal about keeping gear dry--sleeping in and hauling wet gear sucks--hence both racks for panniers), minimal except maybe for beer. :) At most bag, bivy or tarp, lightweight compact pad; maybe a stove, gas, minimal cookware, cup; bike repair, duct tape, bailing wire, superglue, small first aid, water filter or iodine, sunscreen, advil, lighter, light, a layer or two, a warm hat and a shell. And food. Oh, and camera. Map if I need it. Where I live the crux is infrequent water, being able to carry a lot if it and having a filter to stock up when you do finally find some.
 

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Another question, pierre meux: are you using the mtb or the road version of the BB7 brakes? Also what type of brake levers are you using?
 

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Taylor,
What a badass black tourer with well thoughts details! I know Coconino Steve is Da man and Wade the Vulture is another artisan. I really like the rear Coconino style triangles with huge clearance, and impressed taper segmented fork as well. Hope you have good rides with your black Coconino. One question, bosses on the bottom of TT are for 4th water gage?

-Aki
 

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Orkje - those are the mountain BB7s. Levers are Tektro--been running them for a few years--they work great, and they're a great value.

Aki - thanks - and in fact your bike had a part in inspiring this one. When I saw Steve post pics of your rig I was struck by how similar your ideas of a versatile bike were to mine. That fork is made of a tandem chain stay. Burly. And yes, that's a fourth water cage mount beneath the TT. Look me up if you're ever in Flag and we'll ride.

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Taylor,
So happy to know we could share very same thoughts on "B&V bikes (read Badass & Versatile) " ;)
Let's ride together in Flag if we have a chance, I will be there in Aug, cheers!

-Aki
 
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