I have always been a roadie, owned MTB bikes (ridgid forks) but for commutting or bad weather riding. Never di like MTB riding because of the bugs, mud, maintenance, etc.
Just recently a co worker gave me his suspension fork, and I have upgraded my mtb bike with it including V brakes. I went for a spin on it and found it fun, but will only mtb bike in fall or winter.
Soooo, being a roadie and doing 50k to 100k during any particular ride I am wondering what would be a good distance for MTB riding? As MTBing is certainly slower speed, but more...technical than road riding.
My first ride on that bike I did 20k and took me about 1hr 45minutes and averaged about 15kph. It would take me 35 minutes (or so) on my road bike to do that distance.
I remember talking to a MTBer once who said that they typically do 20 -25k in their group rides. I said "That's it?!" He looked at me and said, well that would take about 2 hours ya know!.
So is 20k on a MTB bike about what everyone would do for an evening or Sat/Sun ride? Or would you go more? To do 50 or even 100k on the weekend would seem to take a loooong time considering how long it took me to do 20k.