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Old 10-25-02, 12:03 PM   #1
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Help With Choosing A Frame

I am a roadie who is looking for a frame on which I can ride both trails and road.. where I live in Nor cal there are some great trail rides split up by miles of roads. I would call it medium technical mtn biking stuff with roots and steep sections and rocks split up by 20 and 30 miles of road. I am looking for a bike that I could ride easily on the road and could take the pounding of the trails. I am considering the rivendell rambouillet or perhaps a straight cross frame. ANY GUIDANCE is appreciated... also any thoughts on tire selection for this kind of use... note.. there is some kinda steep downhill on dirt. THANKS!
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Old 10-25-02, 03:40 PM   #2
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If you are looking for a good cyclo cross that can take a pounding, then I recommend the Surly FFF. This bike take a beating from me at every race. And I am 230lbs...

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Old 10-27-02, 02:54 AM   #3
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LeMond Poprad is good and any Steelman would be the ideal for you.
Tires- Kenda Kross Supreme are the biggest, knobbiest, gnarly tires I can think of. They are also good on-road too. Heavy tires but goof for your situation.
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The type of riding you described is exactly what I do with my Jamis Coda.
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Old 11-06-02, 11:14 AM   #5
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Although the cross bike would be a faster bike for the dirt roads and commutes to the trails, I'm not sure you should get a cross frame. Riding a cross bike is challanging on anything technical. You also are running a lot greater risk of damaging wheels with a road wheelset that is typically on cross bikes. It is easier to ride a mtn bike on the road than to ride a cross bike on real mtn bike trails. I agree with Kustomz. A lightweight setup on a mtn bike frame will be more versitile. You can even race a non uci cross race with a bike like that. Good luck. Have fun.
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