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Mountain vs Road Bike

Jk1980

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Mar 23, 2023
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Hi All,
I am on the fence on purchasing a new bike and I can only choose one because of lack of $$.
In the last couple of years I have been saving up for another bike and was leaning towards getting a road bike. This would be my first road bike.
Currently my mountain bike front shock is not locking out and probably needs to be replaced. Since the price of a decent shock will cost the price of the value of the bike if not more, it would probably be better to just buy a new one.
That being said I am curious to know which way I should go?
Is it better to give road a try and begin saving for a new mountain bike, or continue to be curious and save for a road bike?
I know this is MTBR and the answer might be obvious, but I am sure many of you ride both and was hopping to hear from those who do ride both.
 

6thElement

Schrodinger's Immigrant
Jul 29, 2008
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Depends what the trails are like near you and which type of riding you might want to focus on.

But I have a rigid 29er bike with XC tyres that I happily take on some of my local singletrack trails, dirt roads AKA "gravel" and on the road.
 

HardtailHack

used an iron once
Jan 20, 2009
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Ohhhh, this is not Empty Beer, everyone here has a full beer and a get off my lawn sign.

My local bike path now has a warning on for cyclists to dismount because it's a bit bumpy.
Fat old men on roadies like to whinge about the condition of the track but what they should do is buy a bike that can handle a 1" high bump.

Always buy the mountain bike, it's not a one trick pony.
 
Ohhhh, this is not Empty Beer, everyone here has a full beer and a get off my lawn sign.

My local bike path now has a warning on for cyclists to dismount because it's a bit bumpy.
Fat old men on roadies like to whinge about the condition of the track but what they should do is buy a bike that can handle a 1" high bump.

Always buy the mountain bike, it's not a one trick pony.
Well, neither is a road bike. My first month or two of riding off road was on a road bike, which got the shit kicked out of it.
 

HardtailHack

used an iron once
Jan 20, 2009
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It's a weird copy and paste.
I assumed it was a genuine copy and paste by somebody that wants more attention than one forum can give.