After riding my Schwinn touring bike on more and more dirt trails, I started to encounter the limits of that bike. The skinny touring tires ran out of traction at around 18-20% dirt grades and I found my legs running out of oomph about the same time. I have a MTB, but I find I don't ride it very often, especially on the 15-25 mile road trips to get to and from the dirt trails that I like to ride and I don't like to throw the MTB in the truck to drive to the hills.
So, the goal was to build a bicycle nearly as capable as the MTB off-road and as easy to ride on pavement as my touring and road bikes. So wanted lots of gears (3x10 setup) with really low hill climbing gears as well as decent road gearing. Tires with a bit more grip in the dirt without being dogs on the pavement and disc brakes to handle the descents.
Here is the bicycle I have put together:
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