I'm looking at doing a decently long bikepacking trip mostly on road. I currently have a carbon framed orbea avant endurance bike. I'd like to do the ride without necessarily buying a new bikepacking bike. I was thinking that a seat post bag, frame bag, top tube bag, and maybe a backpack to ride with and putting 28 or 30 mm tires on. Does this seem reasonable as a setup? I've done century rides on this bike before and it's comfortable enough. What are the drawbacks of a carbon endurance bike vs. a more bikepacking focused steel or aluminum bike? I know if the carbon cracks I'll be SOL.

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    What kind of SOL? acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/SOL ? Many people use carbon bikes, should not be a problem at all. Get the right bags that don't require racks. – Vladimir F Oct 3 '20 at 19:20
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    @VladimirF most likely "sadly out of luck", or how we say it here, "shit out of luck". – Grigory Rechistov Oct 3 '20 at 20:25
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    The premise that "Carbon Cracks" is your problem. Steel 'cracks'(although often, but not always repairable), aluminum cracks (unrepairable). Carbon is not as fragile as many think. – mattnz Oct 3 '20 at 20:43
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    If your frame cracks, you’re equally as done with any material. – MaplePanda Oct 3 '20 at 23:07
  • OK, if it means sadly out of luck then be aware that carbon frames can often be repaired by a specialist and that alloy frames can crack too. Depending on the design and weight a carbon frame can easilly be stronger than an alloy one. – Vladimir F Oct 4 '20 at 7:51

Yes it's reasonable, assuming your bike is in good condition when you leave home. Frame failures end most trips regardless of frame material (the bravado of "A village mechanic welded my frame" rarely comes to pass). Lots of people are bikepacking on carbon bikes--carbon frames have even accelerated the bikepacking trend because they typically lack rack mounting eyelets.

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