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    Roscoe 8 vs fathom 2

    Which bike to get? It will be for paved roads and trails and need to sustain a bit of punishment but nothing crazy.

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    The Roscoe is a Plus sized 27.5 with 2.8" wide tires and rims. It can take a 29 wheelset with skinnier tires. That's a size you would like on the road. Plus tires would make trail riding easier to learn.
    The Fathom 2 only takes regular 27.5 tires. Not really a good choice for road or trail(less rollover for rocks and roots) as a hardtail unless you're very short.
    You should ride the bikes and a 29 like an X-Cal, which uses the Roscoe frame to see what the tire size does.
    Shops say parking lot sometimes but just ride it around the area for 15 minutes so you get a feel for each bike. You can go in ditches and on the grass too.

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    I am leaning toward the Roscoe 8. I think it has a good deal of what I am looking for. It will be used for evening bike rides in the neighborhood with my family and will be used for some paths and singletrack

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    I bought the roscoe 8 2018 today and already had it out on the trails. What a fun nimble bike.

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    Sounds good. You can tune the traction by varying the tire pressure. If you begin to get rim hits you should add pressure. 1/2 to 1 pound can be noticeable.

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    Congrats on the Roscoe 8! Check out my YT channel, lots of video and discussions about the Roscoe 8!

    https://www.youtube.com/c/toogyhowsermtb
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