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Old 10-24-07, 12:52 AM
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It's not the big wheel; it's the tires that will make a difference off road.

I often ride gravel roads on my hybrid with 700x26c road tires. It's not great, but definitely manageable. And I'm no bike handling goddess. Hybrid or cross tires would be nice in those situations, but I ride roads so much more that it's not worth sacrificing the road ride for the little bit of rough riding I do.

A bike that can do both is always going to be a compromise. Just decide if you want better road or better off-road performance, because there's no best of both worlds.
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