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Old 05-20-20, 04:52 PM
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Trek Dual Sport 2 - off road

Is this an adequate bike to try some easy mountain bike trails? Should I upgrade the stock tires that come with the bike (Bontraeger LT 2 700 x 38 c)? I am interested in doing some mountain biking but I would like to do some riding on some novice trails to see how much I enjoy it before buying a bike dedicated to off road biking.

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Old 05-21-20, 01:58 PM
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Ive been using my 2020 DS2 for some single track courses and i would say, in its current form, you'll have a bit of trouble.
The GR1 tires are too thin you feel every hump in the trail.
the handlebar isn't wide enough and is more of a chore to steer around obstacles
the wellgo m141 pedals cant support my feet well enough at higher speeds

with that said, these are all easy fixes. I was able to fit 29" specialized fast trak 29x2.1 on my DS2, lots of room in front but the rear tire just BARELY clears the front derailleur cage.
i just recently put a 750mm handle bar on and a 50mm stem vs the old 100mm and it makes a world of difference in stability
i put race face chester pedals on it too after never trying them and they feel 10x more stable. i didn't know pedals would make such a difference

another trivial change you can do is get a Sunrace CSM680 cassette, the old HG31 has a 34t low gear and this one is 40T. it makes climbing hills much better.

i've ridden a comparable marlin 5 thats more trail rated, but if you spend 150-200 on your DS2, you can get a much better experience on single tracks with it

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If you've not bought the bike yet and do more than 30% of your riding off-road, don't get any Dual Sport. Get a Marlin 5 or 6 and then hybrid tires for road riding
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Originally Posted by linkeds2 View Post
Ive been using my 2020 DS2 for some single track courses and i would say, in its current form, you'll have a bit of trouble.
The GR1 tires are too thin you feel every hump in the trail.
the handlebar isn't wide enough and is more of a chore to steer around obstacles
the wellgo m141 pedals cant support my feet well enough at higher speeds

with that said, these are all easy fixes. I was able to fit 29" specialized fast trak 29x2.1 on my DS2, lots of room in front but the rear tire just BARELY clears the front derailleur cage.
i just recently put a 750mm handle bar on and a 50mm stem vs the old 100mm and it makes a world of difference in stability
i put race face chester pedals on it too after never trying them and they feel 10x more stable. i didn't know pedals would make such a difference

another trivial change you can do is get a Sunrace CSM680 cassette, the old HG31 has a 34t low gear and this one is 40T. it makes climbing hills much better.

i've ridden a comparable marlin 5 thats more trail rated, but if you spend 150-200 on your DS2, you can get a much better experience on single tracks with it

EDIT:

If you've not bought the bike yet and do more than 30% of your riding off-road, don't get any Dual Sport. Get a Marlin 5 or 6 and then hybrid tires for road riding

I should have mentioned I already own the DS2, had it for a little over a year. I took it out to a nature park last week and really enjoyed some easy off road trails (except for some sandy patches) which got me to thinking about more off road riding. Your upgrade suggestions might be just what I am looking for to get some more trail riding experience without making a major financial commitment, thanks, much appreciated.
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I agree that you'll need to upsize your tires for off-road use like that. If you can fit 2" tires on your frame, that'd make a huge difference. You'll be able to run them at a lower pressure and you'll gain a ton of traction and control off-road.

If you find one that has a center tread ridge, you may even find it not unpleasant for road riding. I have some Vittoria Mezcals on my MTB, but I pump them up to 60 psi and ride them on the road sometimes, and they roll out nicely. They're designed as a hardpack tire, so they're not mud tires, but they do stick pretty well on most off-road surfaces.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
I agree that you'll need to upsize your tires for off-road use like that. If you can fit 2" tires on your frame, that'd make a huge difference. You'll be able to run them at a lower pressure and you'll gain a ton of traction and control off-road.

If you find one that has a center tread ridge, you may even find it not unpleasant for road riding. I have some Vittoria Mezcals on my MTB, but I pump them up to 60 psi and ride them on the road sometimes, and they roll out nicely. They're designed as a hardpack tire, so they're not mud tires, but they do stick pretty well on most off-road surfaces.

Thanks for the suggestion, I think I will contact Trek support to see what the widest tire I can use on the DS2.

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Originally Posted by roskobosko View Post
Thanks for the suggestion, I think I will contact Trek support to see what the widest tire I can use on the DS2.

Aloha
their website says 29x1.8 is the widest.

however. I barely fit 29x2.1 On mine with the 20mm rim
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