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Van Dessel Country Road Bob: Road and MTB?

Old 10-26-15, 08:44 PM
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Van Dessel Country Road Bob: Road and MTB?

Hopefully I have put this in the right place- if not, please let me know where I should post it. I had a question regarding a Van Dessel Country Road Bob. I currently have an old steel frame bike I use for getting around but I find it a little sluggish when I try to ride long distances / high speeds. So I've been casually looking for a road bike and a 29er and I stumbled across the Country Road Bob (which is a single speed bike- hence why I figured this group would know more about it than others). The claim is that the CRB can be ridden well as a road bike (assuming you put in a decent road wheelset / appropriate (23-28mm) tires) and as a 29er for single track (again assuming you put in a mtb wheelset w/ appropriate (1.9-2.1in) tires). This seems like a great option as it would prevent me from having to buy a road bike and 29er separately. I am a skeptic though- I'm worried this situation would leave me with the worst of both worlds (still sluggish on road, with poor function as a mtb). This is the 2008 CRB with aluminum frame and carbon fork. If the fork is the issue for mtb I would consider buying a separate fork. Any advice would be useful. Thank you!
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i have road bikes bikes i cant answer in your question sorry. But just curious what road bike do you have and feel sluggish. I have one old 1987 bianchi strada lx.
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I have an 1988 trek 360. It probably needs a little lovin' to make it ride like it could. But I use it a lot- for a three year period I was using it for commuting everyday: ~150 hard miles each week regardless of rain, mud, or snow. I probably should have a bike set aside for faster riding if I plan to get more serious into road-biking or triathalons. (or should I?). Maybe the answer to all of this is to just man up on my trusty old trek and only blame myself for feeling sluggish.

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Old 10-27-15, 03:46 AM
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^ I also have a Trek 360. That bike was definitely not designed to serve as an all-weather commuter, but if the frame and components are in good shape and have been recently overhauled, it would be fine to keep for casual road riding.
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The trek isn't designed for all around commuting but it works damn well for it (in my circumstance at least). I do realize I could use it for causal road riding- and I do. But if I am to consider more serious road riding I'm thinking I should find an alternative.
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That thing looks awesome. But my question remains: If I buy a rig like that to use as a 'mr. potato-head' of sorts- swapping in and out parts as I need -Would I be wishing I had an actual road bike when on road and an actual mountain bike on single track? I would love it if a single bike could fit all my needs but I don't want to sacrifice too much performance. Should I just wait, save up, and buy separate bikes specifically designed for road / mtb?
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Originally Posted by kwcnc
Should I just wait, save up, and buy separate bikes specifically designed for road / mtb?
Yes.
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