- 29ers as other things
I have a Surly Karate Monkey, currently set up with a single gear and Surly's (spindly) straight-blade rigid forks.
Generally it runs 2.2"-2.4" knobblies and is used a mountain bike and also as my (short distance) commuter. I've not been doing events so far this year, it may get some XC racing action at Beastway and is likely to be my bike of choice for HONC, CLIC24, Bikefest and possibility HtN, not that I'm exactly a pro-race whippet. Yesterday I did about 80 miles on it on road and the south downs way, running 42mm slicks. I'm considering doing a bit camping tour on it over the summer.
The Monkey has rack and mudguard mounts, although there seems to be an issue using a rack and disc brakes – which I dare say it bodgeable.
That said, I had a rigid Kona 10 years ago with 26" wheels which would have easily done exactly the same range of jobs. I'm not going to say with any confidence that the Monkey having 29" wheels makes a blind bit of difference. It is a lovely bike though.Posted 7 years ago
Looks nice. I think the kind of feedback I'm looking for is where a 29er with very narrow slicks on might be on a scale of 1-10 with 1 a regular 26 mtb with slicks on and 10 being a road bike, by someone who's tried it really.
I did the local club chaingang last winter a couple of times on an mtb with slicks. Its was hard but I didn't get dropped so I'm thinking 29er might be a genuinely viable option for a winter bike plus there is enough clearance for cross tyres, the only question would be one of geometry and how fast it would be verses a proper cross bike.Posted 7 years ago
rOcKeTdOg – I have an old STP frame which would take 700c wheels nicely and that was my original plan but there's not enough clearance for cross tyres and I fancy replacing my Explosif with a fast 29er hardtail, maybe an Orbea Alma if I can get hold of one. If it'll do road duties well and serve for a few cross races too that may well clinch it for me.Posted 7 years agoemac65Member
Used my 29er Inbred with road gears as a winter road bike(& summer,it's the only road bike I've got)with slicks,was doing between 200-250 miles a week on it.It's heavy & not as quick as a propper road bike but as I never ride a propper road bike it doesn't matter,plus my MTB's don't feel too sluggish when I go off road again…Posted 7 years agopaulandfrodoMember
I've just taken delivery of a Orbea Lanza 29er 20" frame with uprated folks. I've not got much experience on other bikes… It could be a little lights (they all could be) but boy does it fly ! I'm thinking of getting a pair of slicks for road work. It looks VERY nice…Posted 7 years agojfebMember
I am thinking along similar lines. I have a road bike but use it so little I am hoping that my recently acquired Singular Gryphon will fulfil occasional road duties. the only problem is that when I do get on the road bike it is with roadie friends who don't hang about (and are invariably fitter than me) so I can't really afford too much downside from being on a 29er mtb rather than a proper road bike.Posted 7 years ago
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