The reason I ask is because I am very tempted to sell my Karate Monkey and use the Cross-check as my mountain bike. Please inform me is my logic is flawed.
I ride 95% of the time on the road, using my fixed gear or my cross-check with road tires. I live in Long Beach, where anyone who knows the geography of southern California can say is the worst place in the area for a mountain biker too live. Its pretty much the farthest place from any trails. Hence the 5% off-road figure. So I spend only a little time in the dirt and figure I can throw on the 1.9s and when I get that urge.
But, what about drops and technical riding you ask? I do very little of this type of riding because I ride with my wife and she is not down, plus I am getting older and scared. So the bikes I have been riding the last 5 or so years have been rigid singlespeeds. So in my mind, not that much different then the Cross-check for the fireroad, singletrack riding I do.
I figure I can sell the Monkey and buy a nice wheelset and drivetrain for my cross-check, and free up some space in the house as well. Obviously I am having a hard time with this decision and that's why I am asking you, the internets, for help. Please share your thoughts.