Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: In Oregon looking for more hills to ride
Bikes: 2016 Niner RLT Steel, 2015 GT Grade Carbon 105, 2014 NS Bikes Eccentric, 2013 Norco Sight Killer B-1
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I guess a lot depends on what type of riding you have access too. If you don't have access to trails locally then a mountain bike might not make sense. Maybe a little research will might help you decide. Also, a Cyclocross bike is close enough to a road bike, that it may not make sense in some ways. I have a road, Cylocross and mountain bike. I don't plan to race the cross bike, but use it as my training/errand runner or anytime that I know that I am going to ride gravel or really rough road. Also, it makes my road bike feel like a rocket ship when I switch to riding it for a organized ride, or now a triathlon. The mountain bike is something new this year, but I am so glad that I started mountain riding. It is a different skill set that has paid big dividends on my road bike. So for me, the mountain bike makes more sense since there is more difference between it and your road bike. Also, a mountain be can be a good in town commuters as an option, even though cross bike can be too. As to down hill verses trail, I would start with a standard trails first before moving on to downhill riding.