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    Mettle to the Pedals Dewbert's Avatar
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    Want to try MTB...Hybrid OK?

    At the risk of being run out of this forum.....
    I'm new to cycling and spend most of my time on my road bike. However, there's a short MTB trail near my home (Avon, Indiana) and I think I'd like to try it. I have a Giant Cypress that I use for family rides with fairly knobby, slime-filled tires. Will that work for trying out the MTB trail? It's listed as having beginner, intermed and advanced areas.
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    pAIYILI Paiyili's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewbert
    At the risk of being run out of this forum.....
    I'm new to cycling and spend most of my time on my road bike. However, there's a short MTB trail near my home (Avon, Indiana) and I think I'd like to try it. I have a Giant Cypress that I use for family rides with fairly knobby, slime-filled tires. Will that work for trying out the MTB trail? It's listed as having beginner, intermed and advanced areas.
    Thanks!
    It depends upon the trail, of course, but the "I don't know any of the specifics" answer is that the hybrid will probably not be sufficient. In my experience, there are just too many "non-mountain bike-isms" in a hybrid to make it an acceptable substitute for actual mountain bike. You will only get away with it if the trail is extremely tame. The basis for my answer is the fact that I am a 52-year-old hybrid rider who has occasionally found himself on trails better suited to mountain bikes, completely aware of the fact that I was using entirely the wrong machine. As usual, "grain of salt" applies.
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    <i>It's listed as having beginner, intermed and advanced areas.</i>
    as long as you stay in the beginner areas you should be fine. if you decide you like it though you really need to get a mtb. The cypress will be much much harder to ride on trails and will not be up to the stress for very long.

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    The posture sitting or standing wouldn't be conducive to mtb riding on hybrids. It would work for a smooth dirt trail or dirt road, but then again, that's not really mountain biking, if you want to do anything technical your body position will be whack on that bike.

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