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Old 05-02-18, 11:49 AM
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Hello everyone I hope I have posted this in the right forum. I am New to the biking world and have questions. I am 53 yrs young a little out of shape (20lbs) and would like to start up biking. So my question is I am torn between two bike styles a MTB or a Gravel bike with flat bar handles I have tried both flat bar and drop bar and the Flat bar is much better on my back. . So what I have learned so far is I should get a MTB and then put a rigid fork on it and order 700x40c extra wheelset then I would have the best of both worlds.
So my Question what do you think or recommend? my biking will be mostly paved trails but I want to be able to do some easy dirt trails mainly around Lake Tahoe area and we have Forestry logging roads
My budget is $700 Bikes I am looking at is
Motobecane Fantom29 trail
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Hi and welcome! I was just about in the same boat as you just recently and was torn between the Trek DS1 and the Scott Aspect 970 (I bought the Scott Aspect 970). For light trail riding and mostly road/gravel I would recommend the Trek DS1. If a wee bit more adventure is in your blood stream then the Scott Aspect in either the 29" or 27.5" wheel size should fit the bill as the front suspension is 100mm of travel. I just returned to cycling and will turn 48 on the 31st of this month and honestly this is my first MTB style bike. The flat handle bars handle great and the weight at just about 30lbs is quite manageable for someone out of shape like myself (like you, I could stand to lose about 20). In either case you cant go wrong.

I highly suggest that you go to a local bike shop and SIT on a bike to see which one fits, I do not recommend you buy one without riding it first. Best of luck!!! BTW my Scott was just about $500, same as the Trek DS1. I upgraded the seat ASAP and recommend new pedals and an under-the-seat style mini-cargo pouch for carrying a spare tube/cellphone/patches and miscellaneous whatevers.

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Old 05-03-18, 06:41 AM
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Thank you I will give the Aspect a look at ,and I'm just going to stop over thinking it and just do it. I am sure if I posted this in a Gravel bike forum they would be in an uproar telling how I can't use the MTB for a Gravel bike due to the geometry . I am still not sure except for tire size the deference between a Gravel bike and a road bike
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Thank you I will give the Aspect a look at ,and I'm just going to stop over thinking it and just do it. I am sure if I posted this in a Gravel bike forum they would be in an uproar telling how I can't use the MTB for a Gravel bike due to the geometry . I am still not sure except for tire size the deference between a Gravel bike and a road bike
I was super nervous buying the Scott, simply because I had never spent anywhere near that kinda $$ for a bicycle. I had always ridden Walmart/Kmart/JCPenney bikes and didnt know the first thing about "Geometry/Groupsets/Disc Brakes" etc. But I did A LOT of research before I buying it and I am glad I did. At my fitness and experience level of mountain biking, the bike is FAR FAR more than capable at anything I can dish at it and the 100mm of front suspension travel is great for when I do something stupid and get in over my head. Luckily I have not crashed though I have come close, I am getting better and better everytime I ride and look forward to next year when (God willing) I will buy the Scott Genius 930.

You cant go wrong with ANY bike I suspect from a well known manufacturer like TREK, Giant, Specialized, Scott, GT, Santa Cruz etc. And hopefully you'll catch the bug like I did and just ride it! a quote from my old biker days "it dont matter what you ride, its all the same wind", so you're right, dont overthink it and just go out and ride! Best of luck and let us know what your bought.
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Never drove gravel bike before. But I can imagine gravel bike with 30+ mm tires on the pave trail will be very comfortable. And I am trying to replace the 25mm tries to 28mm on my road bike with rim brake.

However, I vote for MTB/hardtail. I see a lot of hardtail/hybrid on the pavement trails in my area.Never drove fat bike before (rigid fork and wide tire).My MTB is full suspension and it can go anywhere.I even feel ok in the pavement trails. Good luck with your choice.
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Never drove gravel bike before. But I can imagine gravel bike with 30+ mm tires on the pave trail will be very comfortable. And I am trying to replace the 25mm tries to 28mm on my road bike with rim brake.

However, I vote for MTB/hardtail. I see a lot of hardtail/hybrid on the pavement trails in my area.Never drove fat bike before (rigid fork and wide tire).My MTB is full suspension and it can go anywhere.I even feel ok in the pavement trails. Good luck with your choice.
Ok so I have a 2018 camber base model. I upgrade tire to 2.6 in front and 2.5 in rear. I have a couple of options. I can trade my bike and 1000 in for 2016 giant trance sx with 3 years left on a extended warranty or I can upgrade my fork and put a dropper and absolute black oval chain ring
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Originally Posted by rhartman911 View Post
Hello everyone I hope I have posted this in the right forum. I am New to the biking world and have questions. I am 53 yrs young a little out of shape (20lbs) and would like to start up biking. So my question is I am torn between two bike styles a MTB or a Gravel bike with flat bar handles I have tried both flat bar and drop bar and the Flat bar is much better on my back. . So what I have learned so far is I should get a MTB and then put a rigid fork on it and order 700x40c extra wheelset then I would have the best of both worlds.
So my Question what do you think or recommend? my biking will be mostly paved trails but I want to be able to do some easy dirt trails mainly around Lake Tahoe area and we have Forestry logging roads
My budget is $700 Bikes I am looking at is
Motobecane Fantom29 trail
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BTW the 29" wheels on a mountain bike are exactly the same size as 700c wheels on a road bike. Like I found the transition from drop bars to flat a much needed relief on my back. You can fine road type tires, hybrid tires or keep the knobby ones if you get a MTB bike.

In my honest opinion, I think a mountain bike will trounce a hybrid everytime simply because it do everything a hybrid can and then some. A true hybrid won't be able to cope with the rougher terrain that MTB's feel right at home in.

Keep us posted on what decided on.
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