There are certain kinds of bikes that seem to me to blur the lines between the different genuses, glorious mash ups remixed and evolved. Others, I think, are archetypal. The invention of the mountain bike was the discovery of a new genus if you ask me, and Elizabeth’s bike is a classic ATB.
Elizabeth wanted a bike for lighter loaded touring, bike packing style, and she wanted comfort and good proportions. We maximised front triangle space for bottles or frame bag, and the custom Wizard Works Shazam racks mean that the bike is super easy to load up, especially important with the rear bag and smaller frame sizes. Cargo cage mounts on the fork legs, rear rack stays and frame mean there’s loads of scope for carrying relatively heavy loads. The geometry is fairly classic old school ATB, the tubing a mix of Columbus and Reynolds, and, as ever, my favourite Bear dropouts.
The parts kit is proletarian, which I love. Elizabeth spent her money on the important things: strong and reliable hand built wheels, a frameset that fits just right, and the rack/luggage setup that makes a bike easy and fun to use.