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MTB or Road: Which to build?

Old 09-18-02, 01:06 PM
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MTB or Road: Which to build?

I have 2 frames hanging in the basement and I'd like to turn one into my commuter. I just can't decide which one.

My commute is under 4 miles, rural roads. However, I need to run lunchtime errands a couple of times a week into the village - 4 miles each way. Northeast USA weather is a factor (c-c-cold, and snow), but I doubt I will ride during the worst of it. 400 ft. climb to and from work.

Frame a) Hardtail MTB with suspension fork. Aluminum frame. Rack eyelets. 9-speed dropouts.

Frame b) Steel road frame and fork. Rack eyelets. 6-, 7-speed dropouts. 1" steerer.

I'm leaning toward the MTB for durability and ease of finding good parts. The road frame would require, generally, obsolete parts.

This is my first effort towards commuting on two wheels.
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Old 09-18-02, 01:19 PM
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I'd go with the MTB. Only for the snow factor. Otherwise the 7 speed is plenty for your intended use. Parts shouldn't be that hard to find.
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Old 09-24-02, 04:28 PM
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agreed. mountain bike. rural roads and only four miles. plus the mountain bike will be more rugged to handle the abuse the commuting will dish out.

the decision is an easy one.
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Old 09-24-02, 04:48 PM
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I use my mtb with slicks on it for my short commutes, it works great. :cool:
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