Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Orange County, California
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Agree the frame would be OK, but the wheels might be an issue. And the suspension fork, even with a lockout, won't be doing you and good on pavement (unless its REALLY
bad in your part of Texas!).
Don't know how much experience you have with bicycles, but would you consider used? In my area (Los Angeles) you can find a lot of good mid-1990's rigid MTBs for cheap (around $100) on Craigslist. I've bought two and use them as daily workout/commuter bikes. I've modified them with drop handlebars for my own comfort. Not as fast as the carbon-fiber roadies that are all over the place around here, but I do get a great workout and it pretty rugged. This is one of mine, a 1992 Trek 8000; its got 26 x 2.0" tires, but smaller ones (26 x 1.5") are available for a little more speed.