I'm thinking about trying mountain biking and am hoping I can give it a try without buying a mountain bike ... at least not yet. Can I use my Swift, at least for some test runs? I actually have two Swifts, so here is what I am thinking:
One possibility is to repurpose my daily driver. It is built up with drop bars, Rhyno Lite rims and Big Apple tires with a drum brake in front and Capreo hub in back. It also has a Thudbuster seatpost.
The other is to take my travel bike, which is more of a standard Swift (flat bar) aside from currently sporting studded tires (would they work on trails?). It has a MTB cassette, so I can get 1.2 gear ratios at the low end.
Drops bars for a MTB sounds silly, but I like the BA tires and Thudbuster so I was thinking of moving those over to the flat-bar bike. Or maybe just a big apple on the front, where there's enough clearance. Or I could put my regular Marathons on there instead of the Marathon Winters if it's a bad idea to use studs on trails.
other thoughts? I don't really want to throw a suspension fork on it. Any experience using it as a MTB would be most welcome. Btw I don't see myself trying to jump tree trunks, moreso riding pretty well worn trails.