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Old 04-08-10, 10:49 AM
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Use Hybrid for Light Offroading?

I am a roadie who wants to try some off-roading. I have virtually zero experience mountainbiking.

Some of my friends are going to buy some 29er bikes and get into some (easy) trail riding (fireroads, etc). I'd like to join them, but don't want to be buying another bike, even if cheap and used.

I do currently own a highly modified Trek 7300fx that I built up for urban/path riding. I'm sure most of the componentry is up for the task (Full XT, V-Brakes, Deore 26/36/48 crankset) but will my Mavic T520/XT 32 spoke wheelset hold up (I'm 215#)? I ordered some Michelin Transworld Sprints (40mm) to slap on since they were very cheap and had decent reviews.

I suspect I may hammer/vibrate myself to death, but does this sound like a capable setup to withstand non-technical trail riding?

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I ride a very simple factory 730 on Gainesville State College's trails a good bit. Skinnier tires (35's) and rigid fork make for a ride that will shake out my fillings, and I'm dodging big rocks and roots most of the time... but it works.
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I use a Surly CC with 42mm tires and a sprung leather saddle. If I ride light on the saddle for the really bad bumps (you really need to whenever possible) I can go all day without much discomfort. It works well too, but there are probably better ways to do it.
Resisting the urge to buying yet another bike for certain types of rides is strong for me, not so much for other folks.

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Depends on how rough the trails and how often you ride. You can get a decent used mountain bike relatively cheap on Craigs list...you might give some thought to buying a hard tail or even renting one and trying it out.
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