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    Commuting with a longer travel MTB?

    I have and old Raleigh rigid MTB that I want to start commuting on. Sounds great but I may get rid of this bike. I also have a Jamis Komodo with a 130mm fork. Does anyone commute on anything similar?

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    depends on your distance. i had a friend who'd commute on his DH bike, but it was only about 3km each way.

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    Maybe 15 miles round trip tops. I would of course get a second set of tires.

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    At any point, do you have to lock up your bike outside and leave it unattended? Also, do you have any reservations about swapping out knobbies for slicks every time you want to take your Jamis to the trails?
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    That is one thing that bothers me as it will most likely be locked up outside in the court yard but we do police on staff as I work at a county courthouse.

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    You might be OK then. Maybe check around and see if there have been a lot of bike thefts reported in that area?
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    keep the old rigid raliegh, put slicks on it. Suspension sucks on pavement. I started bike commuting on a old, heavy steel mtb then got a road bike. I love to mountain bike but after commuting on a real road bike I can not stand riding my mtb on the pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peitro
    keep the old rigid raliegh, put slicks on it. Suspension sucks on pavement. I started bike commuting on a old, heavy steel mtb then got a road bike. I love to mountain bike but after commuting on a real road bike I can not stand riding my mtb on the pavement.
    Old steel mtb w/ suss...? NO WONDER you hated it! I would too! That's like Amish technology anymore!
    I ride my Dakar XLT daily, 5.7" travel f/r, Micro Knobbys right now, doing Mich Country Rocks next. 18+ RT, best one-way time so far is 32min flat. No suss bob on this bike!
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    I'm loving my '05 Fisher Tassajara with 1.95' slick cruiser tires and Rock Shox Psylo on the front. The roads on my commute suck, so I'm constantly switching between lockout and suspension. Feels good, and I'm capable of 20mph on the uphills and 32+ on the downhills. Every ride feels like a training ride, and if you ride trails alot, you'll appreciate the extra practice of being on your trail bike.

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    cool!

    Quote Originally Posted by RHITrider
    I'm loving my '05 Fisher Tassajara with 1.95' slick cruiser tires and Rock Shox Psylo on the front. The roads on my commute suck, so I'm constantly switching between lockout and suspension. Feels good, and I'm capable of 20mph on the uphills and 32+ on the downhills. Every ride feels like a training ride, and if you ride trails alot, you'll appreciate the extra practice of being on your trail bike.
    you ride uphill at 20mph on a suspension bike you should consider racing ya I agree no need for a road bike for you.

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    just making a point

    Actually my old mtb had no suspension it was just a older style mtb it was just fine really but the road bike was just so much better, bigger wheels, built for speed on the pavement. I am just stating my opinion that riding suspension bikes for commuting on pavement is silly. If you are hitting some gnarly fireroads or singletrack on the way home that would make sense. I think that many people don't get road bikes because they think they are "mountain bike" people. I used to think that way but since getting my road bike I am so much happier riding on the road. I still love to ride my mountain bike.. on dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peitro
    Actually my old mtb had no suspension it was just a older style mtb it was just fine really but the road bike was just so much better, bigger wheels, built for speed on the pavement. I am just stating my opinion that riding suspension bikes for commuting on pavement is silly. If you are hitting some gnarly fireroads or singletrack on the way home that would make sense. I think that many people don't get road bikes because they think they are "mountain bike" people. I used to think that way but since getting my road bike I am so much happier riding on the road. I still love to ride my mountain bike.. on dirt.
    Personally, Peitro, I would love to have a road bike, but I currently can't afford one. My mountain bike wouldn't be my first choice for commuting, but I'm impressed at how well it does. Also, the indirect benefits are great. I get to multitask by commuting, having fun on my bike and training for races all at the same time. The one thing I do LOVE about my mountain bike for commuting purposes is the disc brake. When conditions get wet, there is no beating it.

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    +1 on the uphill 20mph...impressive.

    As far as the gnarly streets, well, that pretty much describes my hometown here. That, and I do like to go a little 'urban commando' every now and again, so the versatility is needed.

    I'd never trade my ride on my Dakar XLT for skinny tires, don't care how fast they'd be. That's just ME.
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    depending on your streets in your area. I use a 100mm fork on my MTB for commuting and have done 40 mile rides on it. I dont notice the bob and wouldnt ride without the suspension its just more comfortable.

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