IRO Rob Roy setup (noob)
I have an IRO Rob Roy that I got a few years ago to train on. Well that went by and I haven't ridden much in the last couple of years. I also moved to the country and have an endless amount of dirt and paved roads to ride on. I will be mostly on dirt roads for now. I have been riding my old Giant mb but the suspension has way too much bounce and I wanted to go back hardtail. I had never considered cross til I decided I wanted a rigid 29er and found out about this. The RR is setup for road use and I want to change that. My current setup is:
46/17 (way too high for the dirt roads)
170 IRO cranks
700*28c road tires
36 spoke wheels (I am still and will always be a clyde, but hope to lessen that with the new ride)
drop down bars
Can I get the gearing down to close to 2:1 (or whatever is best)?
I want the biggest tire I can put on (IRO says 35)
I guess tires and gearing are my biggest concern. I don't have a LBS that can help so it's up to me. I think I could tackle the gearing with the right tools, but don't know where or what to get. I have searched for a couple of days and decided to just ask. Sorry for the total noob questions, but I really want to do it right the first time. Thanks for the help fellas.