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Anyone Successfully Ride Their Gravel Bike on Single-Track?

Old 09-17-20, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
(my first two "mountain" bikes (aka bikes with 26 x 2.125 tires) were really before mountain bikes were a thing, right msu2001la?).
the 30 year old Bianchi i picked up for $60 last year is my only trail bike, and the chainstays only clear 2.0in tires..... it's all i got!! (presently my Rockhopper is assigned to camping / touring duty.....)
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Old 09-17-20, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
It's fun riding a gravel bike on singletrack. The mountain bikers wonder why we're riding road bikes LOL.

Dave
Hikers too - funny their expressions when they see a guy on what they think is a road bike bombing down some singletrack!
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Old 09-18-20, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mrv View Post
the 30 year old Bianchi i picked up for $60 last year is my only trail bike, and the chainstays only clear 2.0in tires..... it's all i got!! (presently my Rockhopper is assigned to camping / touring duty.....)
Awesome!
I bought a state of the art MTB 30 years ago, and I'm still riding it. I've spent decades "waiting" on the industry to make up their mind (26, no 29, no 27.5, no back to 29) and figure out their standard. In the mean time those bikes have gotten so long/low/slack that they have lost their agility and ability to climb (but are great at downhill), so i end up riding my gravel bike on single track. ;-)
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Old 09-18-20, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
In the mean time those bikes have gotten so long/low/slack that they have lost their agility and ability to climb (but are great at downhill), so i end up riding my gravel bike on single track. ;-)

Modern mountain bikes have lost their ability to climb?


Where do people come up with this nonsense?


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Old 09-18-20, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
Awesome!
I bought a state of the art MTB 30 years ago, and I'm still riding it. I've spent decades "waiting" on the industry to make up their mind (26, no 29, no 27.5, no back to 29) and figure out their standard.
don't hold your breath. those are choices, not a standard. there is no plan for people to "make up their mind"because people like choices and variety. there are many kinds of cars, sneakers, and skis for the same reason that there are many kinds of mountain bikes.

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Old 09-18-20, 06:16 PM
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So I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. I will say that after taking both of my gravel bikes to my local bike park, I have a feel for both bikes on rough and slightly technical trails. Last week I rode my Toughroad and today I rode my Revolt, and I felt way more comfortable on my Toughroad ironically. For me, being as heavy as I am, I appreciate having 29" wheels with 23mm wide rims vs 700 x 47mm wheels on 19mm rims. I was a bit more sketched out on the Revolt despite it sailing up any incline & flat surface.

I think I will take my Toughroad to some trails this weekend to see what I "can't" ride on it. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised.
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Originally Posted by pbass View Post
Hikers too - funny their expressions when they see a guy on what they think is a road bike bombing down some singletrack!
Add to that the spandex cycling kit, and we're quite a sight on the trail.

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Old 09-19-20, 09:57 AM
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I’ll weigh in late. The single reason I use my hard tail 29” wheeled, 1X mt. bike for single track is it’s the better choice for single track. My local stuff is super twisty and is not fun on a drop bar bike, the handling is just not as good on a drop bar as on a much wider flat bar. As well, no front suspension makes riding roots painful on the gravel bike. But to each his own, as not everybody’s riding conditions are the same and I’m glad I can own different bikes for different terrain conditions.
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Old 09-21-20, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by DarKris View Post
So I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. I will say that after taking both of my gravel bikes to my local bike park, I have a feel for both bikes on rough and slightly technical trails. Last week I rode my Toughroad and today I rode my Revolt, and I felt way more comfortable on my Toughroad ironically. For me, being as heavy as I am, I appreciate having 29" wheels with 23mm wide rims vs 700 x 47mm wheels on 19mm rims. I was a bit more sketched out on the Revolt despite it sailing up any incline & flat surface.

I think I will take my Toughroad to some trails this weekend to see what I "can't" ride on it. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised.
Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail, use your body weight, and pick your line and be a better biker because of it. Besides, underbiking is fun (as long as you don't take it too far).
Just don't hit any rocks/roots hard that are bigger than the size of your tire! ;-)
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all the time...
love it..

not easy barely fun....not smart.
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Old 09-21-20, 05:52 PM
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