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Old 04-26-14, 10:00 PM   #1
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Giant Roam 2 upgrade options?

Hello, I recently purchased the Roam 2. It is my first bike of this kind. I'm quite satisfied with the way it rides on the street, but offroad could be a little better. First of all, the tires. They spin like crazy in any moist dirt, although they're great on the street. They come with 700c wheels stock, but I'm wondering if I could put 29"ers on it?

Also, the suspension fork isn't great. I would like to upgrade it to an air shock suspension fork. There isn't a lot of suspension forks for 700c wheels. Most of the ones I see are for 29" and 650b. Would the 650b fork work with 700c wheels? Would 700c wheels work on a 29" fork?

Also, if I were to switch the fork or the wheels, would it be difficult/possible to use the same discs and brakes?

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Old 04-27-14, 04:47 AM   #2
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A 29er tire might be a tight fit on a hybrid but if you go to your local bike shop "with your bike" they can verify this. I suggest looking at Cyclocross tires, if you put 29er tires on it will feel slow compared to your current tires.
Look for a compromise CX tire.
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Good advice ^^^
To clarify: "29er" wheels are 700c wheels (622 ERTRO [bead seat diameter]). It's the tires that make the difference.
As to suspension: as it happens SRAM is about to release a proper after-market 'trekking' air fork (either 50 or 65mm travel): Paragon | Rockshox | SRAM
It's about bl__dy time one of the major mfgs (other than Suntour) addressed this market. Should provide what you want.
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I've just thought of a nice tire for you. Kenda small block 8 tires, these seem the best compromise between off road and on road riding. If you cant fit a 29er size on your bike they also come in narrower cyclocross sizes.
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