Bill recently returned from a 1200 mile adventure on the Great Divide Route. Family Bicycles helped him choose and outfit his bike–the Surly Troll.
He recently completed a 22 day, 1250+ mile, self contained bike packing tour from Missoula, MT up into Canada much of which was on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Primarily the roads were gravel, forest service roads, minimal maintenance, single track, and pavement. This is my Troll review from that trip.
When buying a bike Bill looks for these things: Durability, minimal maintenance, utilitarian options, and looks. The Troll met all requirements-and then some.