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Complete List of 29” Drop-Bar Mountain Bikes

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Underbiking purists might disagree, but we think there’s a special place for drop-bar mountain bikes and gravel bikes built around bigger tires. Here’s our complete reference list of dirt-drop 29ers that fit tires over 2.1” wide, all suitable for bikepacking. Find over 30 bikes that fit this category and learn about the criteria we used to select them...

As mentioned in part one, 650B Gravel(plus) Bikes, bikepacking bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Drop-bar mountain bikes are one of the more popular manifestations, favored among Tour Dividers, weekend escapists, and those hellbent on a one-bike stable—especially the drop-bar 29er. In short, riders find these bikes both comfortable and efficient. Here’s part two of our Gear Index, featuring a full list bikes that fall into this category. But first, more on the criteria we used to select them…

  • Kona Sutra LTD Review
  • Curve Cycling GMX, Overlander, Bikepacking, 29er
  • Salsa Cutthroat Review

What are Drop-bar Mountain Bikes?

Not all will agree on what defines a drop-bar mountain bike. A strict interpretation of the term might limit this list to only a handful of rigs with a 73mm MTB bottom bracket shell and a geometry that resembles a mountain bike. However, there are variables and intricacies in this realm. Who’s to say that a bike with road-esque angles and a 68mm bottom bracket can’t be a mountain bike? With that said, our principle metric for this list is tire size. And, keeping in the spirit of bikepacking, we also selected bikes with added utility and characteristics that are well suited to long-distance riding. Here are the details:

2.1″ Minimum Tire Size

These days, many drop-bar bikes are designed to be versatile, with the ability to swap svelte road or gravel tires for bigger knobbies. While many gravel cyclists might be fine with 42mm tires, dirt-road tourers and mountain bikers appreciate the option for meatier rubber. With that, we decided a good metric was that this class of 29″ drop-bar mountain bikes must fit standard 2.1″ mountain bike tires, or wider. Ideally, they would also be designed around a tire that’s around 2″ wide. In our opinion, 2.1″ is a versatile size for all kinds of dirt and gravel oriented bikepacking, and wider is even better for tackling longer and more rugged pursuits.

Plenty of Mounts

Even though there are countless options for rackless bags, having mounts for extra bottles or accessory cages is a nice perk for carrying extra bottles and gear. Rack and fender mounts are also important to many bikepackers and bike tourers, although not absolutely necessary for this list. We made sure that most of the bikes we included have at least a third pair of cage mounts (typically under the downtube). Even better, many of these bikes have forks with pairs or triplets of blade mounts for added water capacity or bags such as the Oveja Negra Bootlegger.

Designed for Dirt (and Drops)

Last but not least, all of these bikes were designed for use with drop bars. Yes, drops can be slapped on any mountain bike, but they shouldn’t. For instance, most MTBs have a geometry with a much longer reach, and generally don’t fit as well with drop bars. Conversely, a few of these bikes have some road bike characteristics—shorter wheelbase, 68mm bottom bracket shell, road drivetrain or brakes, and tires labeled 700c—but, all of them are made to play in the dirt. This means that the frame construction and specced components should hold up on the rough stuff.

The List

There are a few things to note about our list of drop-bar 29ers. The factors that we found particularly important to consider are listed in the highlights (in red). These include the frame and fork material, maximum tire size (to the best of our knowledge), and the hub/dropout width specs. In addition, note the bottom bracket spec. Bottom bracket width is relevant to tire and heel clearance, usually either a 73mm mountain bike standard, or 68mm road standard. Plus, we reference whether it’s threaded or PressFit (PF)—an important factor for many. Click each list item to expand the details and see a larger photo. Lists are displayed in alphabetical order, with bikes we’ve tested grouped at top (represented with a hexagonal “T” icon):

  • Curve GMX Overlander

    Curve GMX Overlander

    • Frame/fork: Titanium/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.35"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    The Curve GMX Overlander is a titanium frameset with tons of mounts and massive tire clearance. A true drop-bar 29er. From Joe’s review: “On its terrain—anything short of the seriously technical—the GMX is unstoppable, and the percentage of performance it loses in other contexts is probably worth it. It’s not a road bike and it’s not even a fast gravel bike. You’ll find it too tall and sluggish if you only ever ride dirt roads. And maybe it lacks something in comfort compared to plus bikes. But the GMX wants to be ridden with the throttle wide open on a route that throws everything at you. Draw a line from a carbon fiber road bike to 45mm tire gravel bike to flat bar 29er hardtail to plus bike. The GMX is on the right half of that spectrum, but has an unusually deep overlap into the left. I count it as a true adventure platform, ridiculously capable and afraid of nothing.”

    • Price: $3790AUD (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Kona Sutra LTD

    Kona Sutra LTD

    • Fame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 × 2.3″
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 12 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    The Kona Sutra LTD frame can take on a multitude of of forms. It’s equally at home as a classic tourer as it is a bikepacking rig, and it doesn’t look out of place as either. Fill the generous clearance with 29er tires, pop on some voluminous touring tires and fenders, or slap on some 27.5 x 2.6” rubber to create a crazy monster-cross machine. Typically, a bike this versatile would worry me—no bike can do it all. But unlike a lot of bikes that come in different models with different wheel sizes, the Sutra LTD isn’t really pitched as a jack-of-all-trades, it just works out that way. It’s a gravel bike, bikepacking rig, two-track explorer, and smooth singletrack slayer.

    • Weight: 11.62 kg (25.62 lbs)
    • Price: $2099
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Salsa Cutthroat

    Salsa Cutthroat

    • Frame/Fork: Carbon/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.4"
    • Bottom Bracket: Pressfit 41 x 92
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    On the outset, some might see the Salsa Cutthroat as a gravel bike on steroids. But at its heart, the Cutthroat is indeed a mountain bike… one destined for speed and long rides. And, at its core lies the groundwork for tons of space to carry everything you need on a long adventure. And while it’s a niche bicycle, its niche is pretty damned large. Most likely, it’ll find itself at home with anyone interested in long mixed terrain rides who put a premium on comfort as well as the possibility of tackling trails that veer on and off the gravel roads. It’s the perfect bike for someone who wants to tackle a race such as the Tour Divide, or even shorter routes like the Trans North Georgia or the NM Off-road Runner. shown here in the Force 1 build, there Apex 1 entry level build starts at about $2500.

    • Weight: 9.36 kg (20.64 lbs)
    • Price: $3699 (Rival 1)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Salsa Fargo

    Salsa Fargo

    • Frame/fork: Steel/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 3.0"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 110 x 15mm / 12 x 148mm

    The Fargo is the bike that started it all. Built for long rides like the Tour divide, it’s a dirt-drop 29er at heart. Since then, Salsa has refined it to be a versatile machine. 29 x 2.6″ tires are its sweet spot. While we haven’t reviewed the Fargo directly, we’ve spent plenty of time on the 29+ Deadwood, which is essentially the same bike with a color and graphics change. Here’s details about Gin’s 29 x 2.6″ Deadwood set up.

    • Price: $2600 (Apex 1 Build)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Specialized AWOL

    Specialized AWOL

    • Frame/fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm, BSA
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100mm QR/135mm QR

    Think of a traditional touring bike and mix it with the qualities of a monstercross gravel grinder, then add a few features and you’ve got the Specialized AWOL. before joining the Specialized team of riders, Sarah Swallow put over 5,000 predominantly dirt road miles on her AWOL while riding the TAT, averaging over 60 miles a day. The AWOL held up to the abuse.

    • Price: $2100 (AWOL Comp)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Trek 920

    Trek 920

    • Frame/fork: Alloy/Alloy
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.25"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    ​Think of the Trek 920 as​ an updated ​’classic’ ​touring bike​. It ​offer​s​ the load-carrying abilities ​of racks and panniers ​teamed with​ modern components and materials​, ​​bringing i​t in at ​a ​svelte ​26lb package​ – a relative lightweight in the touring world. ​Though the 2″ tires ​and generous clearances ​may ​suggest back​country,​ bikepacking ​inclinations, th​e 920’s super stable geometry​ really shines on paved roads and smooth, non-technical dirt​, the kind of terrain encountered on many of the popular touring routes​. ​Consider ​it more as a ‘Touring Plus​’ bike​. ​But note that while the big tires ​help it ride more comfortably and safely, they don’t necessarily extend the abilities of this machine.

    • Weight: 12.7 kg (28 lbs)
    • Price: $2100
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Velo Orange Piolet

    Velo Orange Piolet

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.4" / 27.5 x 3.0"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100mm QR/135mm QR

    While not shown with drop-bars, the Velo Orange Piolet is designed for either drops or flat bars. From our review by Lee Vilinsky: “Velo Orange’s Piolet is truly a modern classic: though 26” wheels and rim brakes still win for being the most widely available component choices, the benefits of larger wheels and discs are an overwhelming advantage. With more of a touring-oriented geometry, the Piolet is a fantastic interpretation of what a rough stuff touring bike should be. The frame handles bikepacking loads quite well and it should also take a classic 4-pannier, loaded-to-the-gills setup without issue. Even unloaded the frame handles great and feels agile, though its touring geometry means a bit more effort is required when navigating more technical singletrack. Velo Orange obviously did their homework in designing this classy machine which will certainly stand out from the rest of the herd. Given the opportunity to do another round-the-world journey by bike, there is no question that this is the one I would take.” Also, be sure to check out Pao’s Piolet (shown here).

    • Price: $725 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • 44 Bikes Huntsman “Super Trail”

    44 Bikes Huntsman “Super Trail”

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.3" / 27.5 x 2.6"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm
    • Dropouts (F/R): QR or Thru

    44 Bikes is a small, New Hampshire-based, custom shop run by framebuilder Kristofer Henry. One of the company’s ready-platforms is tha Huntsman, a drop-bar gravel frame suited to all types of terrain. Kris developed the Huntsman “Super Trail” when a client requested a Huntsman with room for 29 x 2.3″ tires. Now he builds them around both 650B (shown here) or 29″, depending on your wishes. All frames start at $1,850 and there are a wealth of options. The most standard set of options are a 44mm head tube, PMW’s Wright dropouts (QR or 12mm TA), two pairs of bottle mounts, internal rear brake routing along the top tube and traditional down tube routing for front and rear derailleurs. Based on tire clearance, utility, and looks, this one’s on our wish list, for sure.

    • Price: $1850 (Frame)
    • Place of Manufacture: New Hampshire, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Bearclaw Beaux Jaxon

    Bearclaw Beaux Jaxon

    • Farme/Fork: Titanium/carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 27.5 x 3.0″ / 29 x 2.6″
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 100 / 12 x 148mm

    Michigan-based Bearclaw Bicycle Co claims its Beaux Jaxon is “the first drop-bar bicycle in the history of drop-bar bikes to accept 27.5 x 3.0″ and 29 x 2.6″ tires while maintaining true all-road geometry.” They don’t think of it as a mountain bike with drop-bars; instead, it’s an all-road bike with mountain bike tires. Read the full press release.

    • Price: $3890 (Rival 1 Build)
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Bombtrack Beyond

    Bombtrack Beyond

    • Frame/fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.2"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 12 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    With tons of mounts, a Columbus Steel frame, and a geometry designed for a comfortable and stable riding position, the Beyond is Bombtracks original expedition bike. The current model is specced with aa flared handlebar, wide-range SRAM Apex 2×10 drivetrain, and durable mountain bike spec GX and X5 derailleurs. “Like a Land Rover Defender, the Beyond is tough and dependable and willing to go anywhere.”

    • Price: $2000
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Breezer Radar (Expert)

    Breezer Radar (Expert)

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.2"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100mm QR/135mm QR
    • Bottle Cage Mounts: 5

    Breezer’s do-it-all bike, the Radar Expert, is built around a steel frame with plenty of mounts. It’s equipped with a Shimano Deore/Sora drivetrain with a wide-range 46/30T crankset, TRP hydraulic disc brakes, WTB 45mm Riddler tires, and TCS Tubeless STP i23 rims.

    • Price: $1070
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Cineli Hobootleg Geo

    Cineli Hobootleg Geo

    • Frame/fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 3.0"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100 x 15mm / 12 x 148mm

    The new Hobo GEO features a COLUMBUS Cromor double butted steel tube set based around a 73mm bottom bracket shell. With that it fits tires up to 29 x 3.0″. Other frame features include three pairs of triple-pack eyelets (on the fork and down tube), flared handlebars, and a SRAM 1X drivetrain. We don’t yet know the price, but will update this once we do.

    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Co-Motion Cycles Divide

    Co-Motion Cycles Divide

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.35"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 110 x 15mm / 12 x 148mm

    The Co-motion Divide is one of the first bikes created to tackle the GDMBR bikepacking route. The Divide frame is made of Reynolds 725 steel tubing with an integrated chain-stay yoke and features plenty of mounts and options. The bike is available with a Rohloff, 2×10, or Pinion gearbox.

    • Price: $1995 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Finna Landscape

    Finna Landscape

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.3"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100/135mm QR

    From what we can gather, Finna is the house brand for the Spanish website TopFun.com. Based around a steel frame that comes in two different colors (Primeval Forest and Old Pavement), and in three sizes (S, M, L), the Landscape is offered in a couple different builds or just the frameset for 500 Euros. All models have mounts for a front and a rear rack, as well as five sets of bottle cage mounts. The weight of the standard build, pedals not included, is below 12 kg, according to their website.

    • Weight: 12 kg (26.46 lbs)
    • Price: €500 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Framed Marquette Carbon Adventure Bike

    Framed Marquette Carbon Adventure Bike

    • Frame/Fork: Carbon/Lauf Carbon
    • Max Tire Clearance: 27.5 x 3.0" / 29 x 2.25"*
    • Bottom Bracket: ???
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 110 / 15 x 148mm

    The Framed Marquette Carbon Adventure bike features an integrated headset, replaceable derailleur hanger, two water bottle cage mounts, and internal cable routing. We aren’t exactly sure what the max tire size is, but this model is specced with 29 x 2.2″ rubber.

    • Price: $2000
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Genesis Vagabond

    Genesis Vagabond

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100mm QR/135mm QR

    As Genesis puts it, “VAGABOND IS A ‘MONSTERCROSS’ BIKE IN THE LOOSEST SENSE OF THE TERM; THE ILLEGITIMATE LOVECHILD OF A ROAD AND MOUNTAIN BIKE, A ‘FRANKENBIKE’ THAT HAS LONG BEEN THE STAPLE OF SHED TINKERERS, THE RESULT OF MANY AN EXPERIMENTAL ‘I WONDER IF…’ SPARE PARTS BOX BUILDS.”

    With clearance for 2.1′ 29er tires and plenty of mounts, it looks like a promising competitor to bikes like the Beyond and the Fargo.

    • Price: £1100
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Ghost Fire Road Rage

    Ghost Fire Road Rage

    • Frame/Fork: Carbon/Carbon
    • Max tire size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: PF86
    • Dropouts (F/R): 12 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    With its wide 29″ tires and a dropper post, the Ghost Fire Road Rage certainly has MTB qualities. However, it also has plenty of mounts, such as a whopping 7 sets of bottle mounts (three of which are triples), which make it look like an interesting bikepacking rig as well.

    • Weight: 9.86 kg (21.74 lbs)
    • Price: €1999
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Gravel Cycles Le Nomade

    Gravel Cycles Le Nomade

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/steel
    • Max Tire size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded

    Although the entire spec isn’t listed, nor is the price, Spain-based Gravel Cycles’ Le Nomade looks quite intriguing. The full steel Columbus Zona has plenty of mounts and tire clearance for 2.1″ rubber.

    • Place of Manufacture: Spain
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Mason InSearchOf

    Mason InSearchOf

    • Fame/Fork: Steel/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.4" / 27.5 x 2.8"
    • Dropouts (F/R): 12x100mm/12x148mm

    The Mason InSearchOf is designed around custom formed Dedacciai ‘Zero’ Steel tubing and a Reynolds 853 steel seat tube. InSearchOf can be fit 29 x 2.4″ wheels and tires or 27.5 x 2.8″ rubber for a more versatile dirt touring setup. The frame features dropper post compatibility and plenty of mounts, including triple-cage mounts on and under the down tube. Exclusive to the ISO, the Mason Hot Shoe Fork features triple-cage mounts, internal routing for dynamo light systems, and eyelets for racks and mudguards.

    InSearchOf has an optional bespoke load-bearing mudguard or specific rack system unique. The Shutter mudguard provides ample coverage from dirt and debris and also doubles as a small front rack when using the integrated strap loops. The ISO is also compatible with a 100m suspension fork and has 160/180 flat-mount brakes. Both the Force 1 and Rival builds come stock with a Mason x Hunt ‘The Search’ Dynamo front wheel and HUNT 27.5 TrailWide Boost rear, with WTB Ranger tires on both the 27.5 and 29er models.

    • Price: £3500 (Force 1 Build)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • MONē El Continente

    MONē El Continente

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Clearance: 29 x 3.0" / 27.5 x 3.0"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 110mm / 12 x 148mm

    Designed around 29er or 27.5+ tires, with raw brass fillets, a bi-plane, curved offset fork, custom butted tubes, and short telescoping chainstays, this frame is a new take on a classic. According to Cjell MONē, it’s a drop-bar, plus, dirt tourer, born on the Tour Divide. Other frame features include Anything Cage mounts on the fork, two more triple mounts on the frame, and fender and low rider rack mounts. It’s non-suspension corrected, “a true dirt drop miracle designed to take on a grocery run, or a run down the Continental Divide.”

    Note that with a full 29+ setup, some toe overlap can be experienced on the S/M frames. As such, 27.5+ wheels are a great option for this bike. Also, with a 75mm bottom bracket drop, anything smaller than 27.5 x 2.4″ tires might make the bottom bracket a little low for those venturing into rugged and uneven terrain.

    • Price: $1250 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Moots Baxter

    Moots Baxter

    • Frame/Fork: Titanium/Carbon
    • Max Tire Clearance: 29 x 2.35"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 12 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    There’s no doubt that MOOTS had the perfect vantage to plan the ultimate Tour Divide bike — their headquarters is just a couple hundred meters from the GDMBR. Named after their resident Chocolate Lab, Baxter is the end product of years of development to build a purpose built 29″ titanium adventurer specifically for this epic and iconic ride. Featuring with three bottle cages and Moots’ proprietary 3/2.5 Pi Tech titanium, this beast looks ready to rip through the Divide.

    • Price: $3630 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Otso Waheela

    Otso Waheela

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100 x 15mm / 142 x 12mm

    According to Otso, the Waheela was the first suspension-corrected gravel/adventure bike on the market. The Waheela was designed for both rigid and gravel suspension forks. The Waheela can be built with tires ranging from all-road 700C x 28 through road-plus 650C x 53 to 29 x 2.1. It also features a full complement of rack and fender mounts, Reynolds 520 tubing, and a patent-pending Tuning Chip™ system which provides 20mm of chainstay length adjustment and subtle changes to the bottom bracket drop and head tube angle.

    • Price: $900 (Frame/fork)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Otso Warakin

    Otso Warakin

    • Frame/Fork: Stainless Steel/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 110mm / 12 x 142mm

    Named after Native American folklore — a mythical wolf-like creature called the Shunka Warakin — the Warakin™ bike was designed to take on many different forms. According to Otso, it can be a CX bike or a relaxed gravel bike, and everything in between. Standout features include a stainless steel frame combined with a patent-pending Tuning Chip™ system which provides 20mm of chainstay length adjustment and subtle changes to the bottom bracket drop and head tube angle. Choose a shorter-higher-steeper 420mm position for a more nimble cyclocross feel, or a longer-lower-slacker 440mm position for a more stable touring feel. Swapping between the two positions is very simple and can be done in about 2 minutes. The Warakin also features Full length cable routing and a Lithic carbon fork.

    • Price: $1100 (Frame/fork)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Penhale Gypsy

    Penhale Gypsy

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100mm QR / 135 QR or 12 x 142mm

    The Gypsy is designed to fit up to a 29 x 2.1″ MTB tire, or a 27.5 x 2.3″ tire… however, with a 75mm bottom bracket, we chose not to include it in our list of 650B gravel bikes. While you might think it’s titanium, the Gypsy’s frame is a custom Japanese cromoly tubeset with a nickel plated finish. other frame features include swapable rear dropouts (135mm QR or 142mm thru), rack and fender mounts, and five pairs of water bottle bosses if a front rack is not used.

    • Price: $599 (Frameset)
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Pipedream Cycles A.L.I.C.E.

    Pipedream Cycles A.L.I.C.E.

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.1" / 650B x 2.2"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 15 x 100mm / 12 x 142mm

    Bonny Scotland-based Pipedream Cycles’ A.L.I.C.E. is an ‘All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment’ bike which they claim to be designed for gravel-grinding, bikepacking, and epic trans-continental adventure.

    The Pipedream A.L.I.C.E. frame features a custom, triple-butted, heat treated 4130 CrMo tubeset with details such as a subtle S-bend seat and chain stays, sliding 142mm bolt-through dropouts, a horizontally ovalized top tube for vertical compliance, and an oversize head tube for front end stiffness. The frame also has plenty of braze-ons for bottles, guards, and racks.

    A.L.I.C.E. has a super high BB (55mm drop), so it should work fine with smaller 650B tires as well.

    • Price: £499 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • REEB Sam’s Pants

    REEB Sam’s Pants

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Carbon
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.1"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm Threaded
    • Dropouts: 135 QR or 12 x 142mm

    Made in Colorado by the Oskar Blues bike spin-off, REEB Sam’s Pants is a drop-bar 29er designed for “dirt road rippin’, monster crossin’, adventure tourin’, backcountry bikepackin’, bike path commutin’…” Available in steel or titanium, the frame has 44mm head tube (compatible with straight or tapered steerers), Paragon Machine Works sliding dropouts with replaceable/customizable inserts, a 73mm wide English (BSA) BB shell, and is designed around a suspension corrected rigid fork. Other things to note are that it’s disc brake only and works with a 27.2mm seat post.

    Sam’s Pants is available with several other customizable options in several builds or as a frame only.

    • Price: $1600 (Frame only)
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Rivendell Atlantis

    Rivendell Atlantis

    • frame/fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.2" (59-62cm frames) / 27.5 x 2.2" (47-56mm frames)*
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100/135mm QR

    The Atlantis was renamed from the original Rivendell All-Rounder, a bike built for big tires and fire-roads. The original was made in batches of three in Wisconsin. Later, the Atlantis was fabricated in Japan in larger numbers, but the costs went up. To keep the same quality and maintain a competitive price, the company moved production to a trusted facility in Taiwan. The Atlantis still has the same creamy blue-green color scheme and headbadge, and underneath, the investment-cast Rivendell lugs and custom drawn Silver tubes are all the same. Such a beauty. Make sure to check out Benedict’s musings on it here.

    *Note that Rivendell switches wheel sizes with frame size: 47-56mm frames are 650B and 59-62cm frames are 700c.

    • Price: $1500 (Frameset)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Shand Bahookie Dropbar

    Shand Bahookie Dropbar

    • Frame/fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.5" / 27.5 x 3.0"
    • Bottom Bracket: 73mm PF30
    • Dropouts (F/R): 110 x 15mm / 12 x 148mm

    Scotland-based Shand created the Bahookie to be a real off-road tourer. It has clearance for 2.5″ 29er tires or 650B+ tires up to 3″. The front has additional clearance for a 29+ tire (with steel or carbon fork option). The Bahookie comes with a Columbus tubeset and choice of rigid carbon fork or a steel fork complete with dynamo routing, rack mounts and triplet Anything Cage mounts, or a suspension fork. As with all the other Shand models, the Bahookie Drop-bar is equipped with modular dropouts to provide options for a Rohloff speedhub, 1 x 11 derailleur, or singlespeed.

    • Price: £1495 (Frame/fork)
    • Place of Manufacture: Scotland
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • The Light Blue Darwin One By MT

    The Light Blue Darwin One By MT

    • Frame/Fork: Steel/Steel
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.25"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts (F/R): 100/135mm QR

    The Light Blue Darwin One By MT its a complete version of the Reynolds 725 Darwin frame. The MT is built specifically for bikepacking and adventure touring. Using the popular SRAM Rival 1x drivetrain, the One By MT has a similar specification to the regular One By build but with a different fork, flared Genetic Digest bars, and bigger tires for off-road trails.

    • Price: £1750 (MT Build)
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Vpace TMX Titanium Monstercross

    Vpace TMX Titanium Monstercross

    • Frame: Titanium
    • Max Tire Size: 29 x 2.2"
    • Bottom Bracket: 68mm Threaded
    • Dropouts: 12 x 142mm
    • Price: €1490 (Frame only)
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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We searched high and low to gather a comprehensive list of 29” drop-bar mountain bikes. However, we are well aware that there are probably a few that we missed. If you know of a bike you think will make a solid addition to this list—preferably one you have first-hand experience with and can recommend—please let us know in the comments below. In addition, more drop-bar 29ers will be released and some of the models here will evolve, change, and may even be discontinued. Feel free to help keep this list up to date in the comments.

Parting Thoughts

As mentioned, you can pop a drop-handlebar on nearly any mountain bike and call it a drop-bar mountain bike. But, you’ll likely have fit issues. There are plenty of great options out there, as shown above, and many custom builders taking on this category. A couple of my personal favorites, and bikes I recommend to a lot of people, are the Kona Sutra LTD and Salsa’s Cutthroat or Fargo. All three are incredibly versatile bikes and have a lot of things going for them. In addition, there are a few we’d really like to try. Namely, the MOOTS Baxter, MONé’s El Continente, the Otso Warakin, and Mason’s InSearchOf.