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    scrumtrulescent BestSportEver's Avatar
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    Is this bike suitable for heavy off-road use?

    This is my touring/commuting/utility/everything bike. Several of my friends are seriously into mountain biking and I really want to go, but I do not want to sink money into any sort of specialized bike unless I absolutely have no other choice. Other than the longer wheelbase, what negatives are there to going mountain biking on this? I realize it will be a rough ride because it doesn’t have all the fancy suspension, but I’m not really concerned with that. It’s built like a tank and I am currently huge 700x46 tires. What are your thoughts on taking this on the trails?


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    Pedals, Paddles and Poles Daspydyr's Avatar
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    I would be proud to take that bike anywhere, trails should be fine. It has disc brakes, so downhills should be good. Feet Belts on the pedals, good choice. Are the rims Mavic or D Swiss?
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    scrumtrulescent BestSportEver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    I would be proud to take that bike anywhere, trails should be fine. It has disc brakes, so downhills should be good. Feet Belts on the pedals, good choice. Are the rims Mavic or D Swiss?
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    Pedals, Paddles and Poles Daspydyr's Avatar
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    Good rim for light to medium riding. Should work well.
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    Overall that's a great bike for trail riding, IMO. Wheelbase is perfect.

    I'd swap out the stem for a solid one and get some knobbies on there and have a blast.

    Even though I prefer it for most trails I ride, riding full rigid might hold you back a bit depending on how hardcore your buddies are. When I'm on a rigid bike with a gang of suspension folk, I pass everyone on the uphills and they pass me back on the downhills.

    If you decide you like trail riding but don't want another bike, keep your eye out for a good spare wheelset so you can just swap wheels to go from slicks to knobbies.
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    scrumtrulescent BestSportEver's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Overall that's a great bike for trail riding, IMO. Wheelbase is perfect.

    I'd swap out the stem for a solid one and get some knobbies on there and have a blast.

    Even though I prefer it for most trails I ride, riding full rigid might hold you back a bit depending on how hardcore your buddies are. When I'm on a rigid bike with a gang of suspension folk, I pass everyone on the uphills and they pass me back on the downhills.

    If you decide you like trail riding but don't want another bike, keep your eye out for a good spare wheelset so you can just swap wheels to go from slicks to knobbies.
    Good idea on the spare wheelset. I had thought about getting one anyway, but this just gives me one more reason.
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