Tim came by the other day to pick up his new Jones bicycle on his way up to Canada to ride the Great Divide. It was great to see him and help him get set up on his new bike!
The build is a great example of what the Jones 29er frame and truss fork are capable of: after talking with Tim about what kind of riding he was going to be doing, and what he wanted out of his new bike, we started with a Jones Titanium Diamond frame with a titanium Truss fork for light weight, forgiving ride and, because Tim wanted to mount a full-sized framepack in the front triangle. The titanium Truss fork also securely holds two packs tucked low and out-of-the-way on its legs, which helps spread the bikepacking load out for better handling when fully loaded. To get things moving, we used a Shimano XT drivetrain, added Avid BB7 brakes with 203mm front and 180mm rear rotors for reliability and great stopping power, and got the bike rolling on Velocity Dually 45mm wide rims with a Maxxis Ardent 29×2.4″ tire out back and a Maxxis Chronicle 29×3″ up front. The wide rims spread out the footprint and allow lower pressures while giving the tires greater lateral stability, which just adds to the bike’s ability to soak up bumps and maintain great traction. The larger front tire works great in the Truss fork, and allows the bike to have an even more forgiving ride and greater roll-over ability making this the ultimate gravel bike that will also be equally at home on singletrack! Tim saved some more weight by adding an Eriksen titanium seatpost and a Jones carbon Loop H-Bar. This bike will be an efficient and reliable rig for a big ride like the Divide!