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Old 01-26-14, 07:38 PM   #1
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Death ride MTB, selling road bike madone

Friends think i am crazy, what say you. I have not really gotten into the whole road bike thing, but love doing challenges. I signed up this year for the death ride, but finally got the cash to get my dream bike, a Lynskey pro 29er hard tail. Wife says toys have to go, i got motorcycles also. So i am selling my trek madone di2. Anyways, i still really want to do the death ride as it is on my bucket list. Since it is a light Ti hard tail, if i put slicks on it, any reason i couldn't do it, do you think its doable or am i crazy. The only thing i think i will miss is the extra hand positions, but i am going to run some ergo grips with the bar ends. I am thinking with 11-36 gearing, climbing should be easier, especially since the bike is lighter then some road bikes. Also i feel a lot more comfortable decending at speeds with larger tires.

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Old 01-27-14, 02:25 PM   #2
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...but finally got the cash to get my dream bike, a Lynskey pro 29er hard tail. Wife says toys have to go, i got motorcycles also. So i am selling my trek madone di2...Since it is a light Ti hard tail, if i put slicks on it, any reason i couldn't do it, do you think its doable or am i crazy...
1. Lynskey Pro 29er: Drool
2. Wife says toys have to go: You can never have too many bikes in the garage...
3. Selling my Trek Madone Di2: Bit$h...please. Keep the damn thing. See #2 above...
4: Any reason you couldn't do the DeathRide on the Lynskey: None. My friend rode the DR on his Canondale Fuel for Leadville training. He used knobbies too
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Old 01-27-14, 02:26 PM   #3
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Seems like a great bike for the ride. As you stated the only issue is hand positions. Better yet would be to add a nice rigid fork (even it is only temporary). I swap out forks on my 29er depending on trail condition (seasonal, not monthly). Put on some better rolling tires and have fun.
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Old 01-27-14, 03:00 PM   #4
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I need to sell the road bike to help pay for the mountain bike. Only way it will work is unloading my best bike to buy a the lynskey pro. I have leadville as a bucket list to do, riding my mountain bike for that ride might be a good training ground for seeing that long of mileage on that bike. Thanks for that idea.
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I'd rent a road bike for the day...it's a long day out there, especially on Pass 5/Carson where the cumulative mileage, elevation and heat start to kick in. Don't make it worse by rolling more weight than needed imo.
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Road bike all the way. Part of the joy of the day are the fast descents on Monitor to Topaz and the long 16 mile descent from Carson down to Woodfords.
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Old 01-29-14, 08:22 PM   #7
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I ordered scwalbe marthon slick tires. My madone was close to 18lbs, my new Lynskey is 19lbs. If i can lose two pounds around my gut, i come out ahead. I rode Mt. Diablo today and on my current heavy mountain bike specialized stumper jumper 29er hard tail, i passed a few road bikes going up the hill, but a few also passed me (Of course they were much lighter then me and would have passed me on my road bike anyways) but on the way down, i passed one after another. I feel much more confident bombing down the hill with a larger contact patch on the ground and disc brakes. Granted a road bike could go even faster, but i was more willing to push the mountain bike at a faster speed then i would have with the road bike. We will see, i will report back and see how it goes, just no "I told you so comments" :-) My climb up diablo was only .5mph slower going up. My guess is the lower gearing, i have a 11-36 cassette and just spun up the hill
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Old 01-29-14, 08:38 PM   #8
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Good luck with the death ride. I have done it in 1999 and 2010. My gearing was 39-27 and it seemed like I needed one more bail out gear.
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Honestly, I'd prefer to do a ride like that on a road bike, but I also prefer descending on an MTB. I tend to fly past people when I do a MTB ride through Diablo and ride the paved road down. Much more confidence inspiring, as you have found. I do agree that you should pick up a rigid fork though. A Niner carbon fork could make the darn thing lighter than your Madone if its only at 19lbs now!
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People do the Death Ride on all kinds of bikes-mountain, hybrid, road, I even saw a unicycle last year. Your ride will be sweet, and with a mountain bike you could take the short cut from Hermit Valley over to Red Lakes and the base of Carson Pass (kidding). Enjoy your new ride, make sure your motor is ready, and have fun. It is an amazing event.
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