I am looking to improve my endurance, distances and overall health (weight loss). I also find the intensity of mtbiking leaves me burnt out like weight lifting would limiting my days to ride at times (depending on the previous days ride) I was thinking of getting a road bike but realized I don't want to invest that kind of cash in a sport I would be using ONLY for training. So I was thinking. I have a kona roast (2002 so a slightly more traditional geometry than the current ones) that I use for some xc/trails and djing. It seems to fit well. Currently it is out of order as the brakes don't work on it. I have been using my bighit as my xc/trail bike whihc has really proven to me how much weight (and a smaller wheel) affects climbing and overall trail ability. I really want to enjoy my bighit more on the overall trails and not just dh and flatter trails.
So thats the storey. The question is, would buying a new wheelset with semi-slicks (1.9 or 2.0 I guess) help simulate some of the benefits of riding a road bike. This would be signifigantly cheaper than buying another bike dedicated to road work. Remember I am not looking for racing in the least, just something to help me ride better off road and to work on my technique and possibly give me something to cool off with. (heck I might even consider going clipless for just such a purpose) I guess I am wondering if this is a reasonable expectation.
Beyond that, if this is a good option, my next question will be what is a reasonable training program. But that is for another day