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Old 04-09-21, 09:36 AM
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An older used mtb, in very good condition, would probably fit what you are looking for; if you want flat bars and not drops.

The difference is really leverage and speed... and comfort, if that matters.

Gravel bikes are basically road bikes designed to handle dirt roads, and other off road terrain, at speed. They usually have drop bars.

Mountain bikes are really designed for more technical, ricks, ruts, roots, etc. With flat bars and an upright riding position they not for aerodynamic speed.

So riding on the road will be slower, but riding on trails might be easier, depending on the trail.

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