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    Recommend me a bike (question about tires)

    I'll start off by saying that I'm new to bicycles and the associated terminology, so to avoid having my eyes gloss over as I read responses, please keep that in mind.

    I've been biking on my brother's $300 Giant MTB, and I'm ready to buy my own. I've primarily been riding on roads / compact dirt trails with gravel every so often. I'll be heading to a mountain trail today and see how that looks, and this will help me a bit in choosing the bike I want. The majority of the riding I'll be doing is still going to be roads and non-mountain trails, however if I eventually want to ride more mountain trails, I'd prefer not to have to buy a second bike or be limited by the one I buy.

    My question is, I went yesterday to a few bike shops to look at bikes, and the brands available seem to be Specialized, Giant and Gary Fisher. My budget is $700, and I'm not going to go the 29er route. I do want front fork suspension, but my main question is one about tires. If I were to buy the GF Kaitai or Utopia, which seem to have 700C / 700x38 tires, would the frame / forks of either of these bikes allow for off road tires if I bought a second set?

    What bike from these brands would you recommend?

    Thanks for the help,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttoastt View Post
    If I were to buy the GF Kaitai or Utopia, which seem to have 700C / 700x38 tires, would the frame / forks of either of these bikes allow for off road tires if I bought a second set?
    I doubt a true off road tire will fit that frame. I'd rather buy a hard tail mountain bike and fit slick tires for daily around town riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttoastt View Post
    The majority of the riding I'll be doing is still going to be roads and non-mountain trails, however if I eventually want to ride more mountain trails, I'd prefer not to have to buy a second bike or be limited by the one I buy.
    When given the need for off-road capability as well as on-road...choose the bike better for off-road.

    You can always ride an off-road MTB on the pavement, but a bike designed for the pavement handles very poorly off-road and will be far more limiting due to lack of frame clearance, not enough weight over the front tire, etc.
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    Perhaps consider some cyclocross tires for your "off road" riding ?

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    I agree, cyclocross tires. You can get some that have knobbies on them for the dirt. I have a Kona Jake and I use 700x23 for riding on the road and 700x35 for riding on crushed gravel paths or light trail/mountain biking. (I have a mountain bike that I use if I am doing any serious mountain biking though)
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    700cx38 tires will get you down most xc mountain bike trails. You will get beat up more than the guys with 2.4" tires, but so what. It makes you tougher.
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    Cyclocross.

    You could probably go for something like this:
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ntom_cross.htm
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