I built up the Vagabond on the whole with parts I had in stock,didn't realise I had so much stuff 'til I started digging
The main thing was to get some really low gearing with no need for anything high as the old fart pedalling it doesn't go fast these days
I made up a custom 14,16,17,19,21,23,26,30,34 9sp cassette,a S/light Impact 175mm chainset with 24/39t chainring combination fitted in the two inner ring positions and a chainguard made by grinding the teeth of an old 46t c/ring in the outer position, all adds up to an ultra low 19inch to 73inch range with nice progression in the cruising range.
I hit a problem with the standard 115mm s/t BB i usually use for this chainset due to the chainstays being so wide near the BB to accommodate the wide 2.1inch tyres the bike is capable of taking so had to fit a 121.5mm UN55 BB which helped with the chainline in the most used gears,and the Q factor hasn't suffered too much from the extra 6.5mm(3.25mm either side) BB axle length.
Front mech is a little used 7sp RSX one I had in the 'box',chosen for it's low band fitting that'll give a leettle more room behind the seatube with the biggest knobblie tyres if and when I fit them.Rear mech is a 9sp Deore M591.These are operated with barend levers in Kelly Take offs.Chain is Sram 971.
Wheels are XT M756 hubs laced into 36 hole DRC ST19 rims,sapim DB spokes with Sapim Strong on the driveside,these were originally spare wheels I built for my Salsa Vaya but spent more time hung up than ridden,Halo hexbolt skewers hold them in the frame
Tyres presently are 700x50 Marathon Supremes bought lightly used from Bez of this parish.
Brakes are the venerable BB7 MTN operated by Tekto RL520's
Rest of the cycle parts are:- Turbomatic2 saddle,Easton EA50 seatpost,Ritchie compact drop handlebars,black bar tape with FiziK gel pads underneath.
That completes the build presently.
The frameset is the usual high quality Taiwanese built affair that comes with a very high quality high gloss finish adorned with IMO some really nice subtle graphics,headset,a few Ahead spacers and seatpost collar included and a little bottle of touch up paint.
This is a heavy duty allroad tourer with large diameter CroMo steel tubeset relaxed geometry,long chainstays and a lowish BB with a rather agricultural looking front fork.
I've only done a 20mile shake down ride so far but it's already given a solid stable feel about it riding no hands on a gravel track isnt a proble with the relaxed steering
.It's billed as a "monstercross" bike in the Genesis blurb,which is a fair description IMO,I can think of a couple of Surly bikes it'll give a run for there money the Disc Trucker for one and Ogre for another.
The bike isn't light and my build weighs 14kg
,but feels lighter riding it.
I'd say it's a keeper with a lot going for it
That's it for now,I'll update when I've put some more miles on it particularly off road,and I'll try and get some photos up too,watch this space
Edited for Typos