Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Boston area
Bikes: 2004 Felt F90, Sette Ace 26" MB, Specialized Shiv TT
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I'd say about 90% of people are on road bikes so you certainly can. Most bikes say 25 max but mine took 28's no problem. Have you tried to mount 28's? If you can only run 25's, buy some good ones. Continental grand prix 4 season are a solid choice. They have a stiffer sidewall and designed to take abuse. The only downside to using a road bike though is your body takes a beating. There was a lot of wash board type dirt trails last year and the constant shock made it uncomfortable to say the least. I'm going to use my mountain bike this year and I bet I'll have a faster time. Descending the steep dirt roads killed my time and I'll be able to descend much faster on my mountain bike. As for training, simply do a TON of hill climbing on your rides. Vermont 6 gap is a great ride to do in preparation. Get your gearing sorted too. I ran a triple with a mountain cassette. Even though I could climb in the higher gears, it was nice to step it down and slow peddle some of the climbs...
Last edited by guy2600; 03-07-11 at 07:59 PM.