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What's the difference between a 29er mtb and a dual sport hybrid?

Old 04-29-13, 11:08 AM
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What's the difference between a 29er mtb and a dual sport hybrid?

Buildwise, what's the difference between a 29er mtb and a dual sport hybrid?

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Old 04-29-13, 03:44 PM
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Hybrid stuff is more road than MTB.
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Old 04-29-13, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
Hybrid stuff is more road than MTB.
What, wider tires?...Suspended fork?
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Old 04-29-13, 06:07 PM
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there is no reason why you can't put road tires on a MTB, so it's mostly marketing. If you look at most hybrids, they will not take as big of a tire. You really have to work to squeeze a big mtb tire in to the rear end of a bike while still clearing the crank. Most hybrids don't have this issue. Hard to generalize though, because hybrids are all over the map. There are plenty of hybrids with front suspensions, not too many with rear suspensions
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I seriously wonder if its just a label. The ride feel on a light 29er mtb and a decent hybrid with front suspension isn't all that different. Even my flat bar roadie with 27 3/4 wheels and my 26 inch wheeled roadified mtb don't feel that different unless I hit a rough patch when the wider tires and front suspension come into play.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
there is no reason why you can't put road tires on a MTB, so it's mostly marketing. If you look at most hybrids, they will not take as big of a tire. You really have to work to squeeze a big mtb tire in to the rear end of a bike while still clearing the crank. Most hybrids don't have this issue. Hard to generalize though, because hybrids are all over the map. There are plenty of hybrids with front suspensions, not too many with rear suspensions
That's exactly what I was thinking.


Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
I seriously wonder if its just a label. The ride feel on a light 29er mtb and a decent hybrid with front suspension isn't all that different. Even my flat bar roadie with 27 3/4 wheels and my 26 inch wheeled roadified mtb don't feel that different unless I hit a rough patch when the wider tires and front suspension come into play.
That's what made me ask the question.

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Originally Posted by Cfiber View Post
Buildwise, what's the difference between a 29er mtb and a dual sport hybrid?
OP; There is a continuim from a dedicated track bike through to a mud bike with 5 inch wide tires. Along that continuim are road bikes, then hybrids, then touring specific bikes, and then MTB, and eventually the mud bikes.

Only in a classic sense are there hard and fast stopping points, but there are distinct identifying traits for the major stops. Basically no one would mistake a Bianci SR for anything but a road bike and no one would confuse a Surly LHT with a track bike. But there are lots of fuzzy edges between types, especially when owners attempt to make a function specific bike take on more than one role by modifying its component mix, etc.

Mostly comes down to marketing for sure for the sales aspect, but for the end user with an understanding of what riding they will be into, then it is a matter of ignoring the labels and just finding a bike that matches the riding, fits the rider, and is tolerable to the available budget.

Generally, if you really want to nail it down, I would recommend finding a few bikes for sale that seem to fit for you and post their URLs here with a question such as "is this really a hybrid bike?" Some responders will harrange you for posting a stupid question, but others will likely offer good insight. But if you find the bike that works for you, why would you really care what label was hung on it by some marketing weenie??

Hope that helps
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