Personal setups » Outsider’s hardcore singletrack setup
While I do most of my outings on the Salsa Fargo, I also have an FS 29er bike for endurance races, hardcore singletrack riding and even bikepacking on technical singletrack. The bike is a Gary Fisher Hifi 29er, the first incarnation of which cracked in August 2009. During the spring 2010 I got a replacement frame through the warranty program, and it has seen quite a bit of action during the summer.
With this bike I’m forced to use a backpack, since there is no room for a reasonable frame bag. I have been contemplating getting a large seat bag, but I’m not sure whether that would work well. I fear the high center of gravity would affect the bike handling negatively in very technical places. Currently I just use a small seat bag to hold some bike tools and repair gear. The rest of the gear is in the Deuter Trans Alpine 30 backpack, which is specifically made for this sort of use. I find it very comfortable and have used it with up to 12 kg (~27 lbs), though I prefer a lot less. A small handlebar bag could possible make sense, but I have not yet tested it with this bag. On the Fargo 2-3 lbs in the handlebar does not seem to affect the handling much, so it might be worth a try on this bike as well.
The rest of the gear (outdoor stuff) is shortly described in my other setup post about the Salsa Fargo.