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    Street conversion for a 29er

    Greetings all, my wife is a road biker and I'm not. However, I'd like to be able to keep up with her when she does shorter rides (15 to 20 miles) on my Trek Mamba 29er without spending the entire ride out of the saddle.

    Any suggestions on wheel/tire combos that would help? I'd like to keep my existing set of wheels/tires for riding single track with my son and build a separate set of wheels and tires for riding the streets with my wife.

    Thanks!

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    Can you give us the top speed and average speed of both bikes ridden?

    I have a Trek Marlin that I ride street about 98% of the time with that bike, the other 2% I may hit a gravel/grassy spot here and there. I use my Superfly for trails.

    I don't lock out my fork, but locking it out may help just a bit.
    Clipless pedals with help, and again that is something I don't do(I'm a coward)

    Switching to thinner road friendly tires with higher pressure should help also.

    I did switch out my knobbies for road friendly tires, but I didn't get them thinner. I did increase my average a couple MPH's. When I ride rode I'm not really out for speed, a good pace and distance is all I care about.

    BTW..

    I'm what they call a Clydesdale, I'm tall and big... lol
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    Wifey rides around 17-18 mph average on her road bike. I'm maybe in the 13-14 mph average on the street with my MTB (best guess, no computer).

    I'm also a Clydesdale (6'4, 200ish)

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    Slick tires for sure. Gearing ok?

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    Gearing

    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Slick tires for sure. Gearing ok?
    Yes, no issues with gearing.

    As a target, I'm trying to keep the wheel/tire combo in the $300 - $400 mark.

    Thanks!

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    Toss some 48mm Soma Supple Vitesse tires on there. They're amazing. They're like 60 bucks each from universal cycles.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    Soma Tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    Toss some 48mm Soma Supple Vitesse tires on there. They're amazing. They're like 60 bucks each from universal cycles.
    Thanks for the rec. Any suggestions on wheels? Thanks!

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    I'm in a similar spot for commuting with the wire, mostly road. Chain reaction has stans crest wheelset for less than 400. 1600 gram wheels, very light/$

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    You could just keep the same wheels if the gearing is fine. As long as you're not going tubeless it's probably more cost effective to just change tires.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    You could just keep the same wheels if the gearing is fine. As long as you're not going tubeless it's probably more cost effective to just change tires.
    This is a good idea that I didn't think about when I made the decision to just buy a trail bike separate from the one I would ride on the rode.

    But,

    Buying a second wheelset might become an issue with always adjusting your brakes to the wheels you would use that day(trail or rode).

    The decision I made doesn't fall under cost effective, but more of ease to me.

    When I priced out the upgrades I wanted to do to my Marlin that would allow me to use it for both trail and road, I felt to simplify my life was to buy a second bike.

    Yet in my final decision I went above and beyond any reasonable budget. lol

    I do not have any regrets, and I love each bike for what they do when I need them.
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