Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: portland, or
Bikes: surly crosscheck, yeti 575, salsa moto rapido, kona ute
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First race: Use mountain bike or touring bike?
I'm planning on entering a race this season to check it out... I went to the Stumptown Classic and it really made me want to join in the fun. I don't have a cross bike, but I've noticed that my touring bike (Trek 520) has a very similar geometry as most cross bikes, other than its lower bb.
I have a Rocky Mountain Element (full suspension cross country) mountain bike as well, and was wondering which one would be better for a race here in the Pacific NW? I figure the touring bike would be better for the harder surfaces, but considering how muddy it is around here it seems like the mountain bike might be worth it. I'm just not sure that the tires on the tourer would deal with the mud well enough.
Would there be any considerable advantage/disadvantage to using either? Also, any other advice for a cross newbie would be appreciated!