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Could a Hybrid type bike handle moderate singletrack?

Old 12-09-12, 10:07 AM
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Could a Hybrid type bike handle moderate singletrack?

I have a hybrid type bike that I use for just an every day whatever kinda bike. I commute a little but mostly just use it for exercise and to get around my college.

I found some pretty nice trails around the college and around my house, so the question is, would you guys trust a hybrid bike for moderate/intermediate singletrack? The bike currently has a set of 700x35c tires on it with a small bit of tread and the bike itself is a schwinn from target but has proven to be good for just getting around. It has a rigid tail but a suspension fork in the front.

I took it on some decently easy trails and it did alright so I think today I might check out something a little more difficult. Would any of you do that or is a hybrid to you just not going to cut it when it comes to the trails?

A side note, I am actually going to be turning the hybrid into somewhat of a mountain bike with the addition of narrow 29er tires or wide CX tires once the set I have currently wear out finally.
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Old 12-09-12, 10:48 AM
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Deffinatly. My wife has a hybrid with 32x700c tires and we ride a lot of trails where at times the gravel is pretty heavy bumps. Hers has a rigid fork and smooth tires. I had a cx bike with smooth touring type tires Id ride on just about anything. When you start to feel to limited then get a MTB
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Old 12-09-12, 03:53 PM
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i have a hybird with no suspension at all on sometimes tried single track (only when a friend drives me to one) and my bike held up ok (front suspension would have made it a better ride).
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I ride road bikes on moderate singletrack. You can just do it faster on MTB.
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What LesterOfPuppets said, and, riding singletrack on that kind of bike will be a good skill builder.
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Old 12-09-12, 04:50 PM
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How much do you weigh? On a Target Schwinn bike, I'd be most concerned about the fork snapping or something. The cheap suspension forks on those bikes don't seem terribly sturdy. I've taken my 90' steel Miyata road bike on some mild dirt/rooty trails and it was fine on 700x25 tires with road rims. As Lester said, a MTB just does it a lot faster(without killing yourself).
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
How much do you weigh? On a Target Schwinn bike, I'd be most concerned about the fork snapping or something. The cheap suspension forks on those bikes don't seem terribly sturdy. I've taken my 90' steel Miyata road bike on some mild dirt/rooty trails and it was fine on 700x25 tires with road rims. As Lester said, a MTB just does it a lot faster(without killing yourself).
Agreed, depeding on the age and conditoin of the bike and your weight you may want to be careful. consider a rigid fork as it will drop some significant weight off the bike which will certainly be noticeable in your travels around town too. full on 29er tires will give you some added cushion in place of the suspension.
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It's just like when people turn a MTB into a commuter. It will work, but it's not the best tool for the job.
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Old 12-10-12, 12:48 AM
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An idea of your chain stay clearance up near the bottom bracket would help with how big a tire you can use (I like pic's) You don't want to spend money on tires that wont fit. But I do ride my hybridized MTB with 35c tires with no problems on dirt, it would be a lot better with real mtb tires though.
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