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Old 01-20-21, 07:12 PM
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Short Top Tube & Reach for Singletrack?

I'm looking to either use my current road bike or buy something else specifically for singletrack use this upcoming spring.

I get good comfort and performance on a road bike with a short reach/top tube (390mm reach, 580mm top tube) converted to flat bar using a tall 40mm stem. I want my handlebars slightly above or nearly level with my seat.

I feel like I can rip singletrack on this bike, but tire clearance is lacking in the rear dropouts and the bottom bracket is too low to do anything serious.

I'm thinking that some sort of flat bar gravel bike with extra tire clearance might work best.

Do you think that the short top tube and reach which I prefer isn't ideal for singletrack?
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