Touring - MTB to Tourer
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Would a Cannondale Killer V500 make a decent commuter/ light touring bike? I have some trekking handlebars that I will put on, and some slicks. One of the things was wondering about is the front suspension, would it be benefical or go with no shock. I also would image that I would have to change the gearing somewhat.
01-24-08, 05:23 PM
Commuting I'm sure it'd be fine. Touring may be another story.
To me, it depends on how long a tour you're doing. 1 week, maybe 2, almost anything with wide tires, low gearing and enough heel clearance is fine. And, of course, assuming it's mechanically sound.
As to the front shock: for light touring (i.e. no front rack) it's personal preference. I don't think it's ideal but if you like it, no worries. You may want to check if you can lock the suspension.
Also, swap out the tires for slicks.
01-24-08, 05:40 PM
Why don't you use that Rockhopper?
01-24-08, 08:00 PM
This type of thread comes up fairly frequently. I would say the front fork is not an issue except for weight. I tour on a hybrid which had a suspension shock, I bought a steel rigid touring fork from Nashbar ($40) and had my LBS put it on instead of the suspension fork. A rigid steel fork is a better option and it's lighter by about 4 pounds. The slicks are imperative. As far as heel strike, or a front rack, it's only an issue if you use panniers. I personally use a trailer for touring, and a rack and small panniers for commuting, all on the same bike. A trailer is a nice option, and people either love them or loathe them. In the final analysis, a quality trailer really doesn't cost much more than a quality set of panniers and a set of racks. The heel strike doesn't come into play unless you have long, full size panniers in the back.
Thanks for the comments. My Rockhopper has served me well for a couple years, but I was trying to build you another for my brother to use when we go riding.
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