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    Hardtail 29er for D2R2?

    I'm considering entering the D2R2 next August. Would a hardtail 29er(El Mariachi) be a capable bike for this? I have a Vaya too, but my El Mar is more comfy on long rides. Whatcha think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by philoanna View Post
    I'm considering entering the D2R2 next August. Would a hardtail 29er(El Mariachi) be a capable bike for this? I have a Vaya too, but my El Mar is more comfy on long rides. Whatcha think?
    Thanks,
    Kevin
    Any bike you can ride for 100+ miles with 1500ft of climbing per 10 miles you can ride at the d2r2. Figure you need to avg at least 10mph if you want to finish before it gets too late. I'd recommend a road/cx bike that you are comfortable doing 35mph+ down sketchy dirt roads. The climbs aren't that bad by my standards the problem is they keep coming and coming. You never get a break ever. So if you don't mind doing lots of climbing on your mtb then go for it. You will have a ton of fun down the hills.

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    I would think that your 29er would fit the bill perfect. Maybe some race slicks for tires? There are some shorter options as well.

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    I have done 6 D2's. The 100k and the 115k. If 115k I use a rigid 29er with 42mm cross tires. I need the gearing for Pennel/patten hills. You don't need MTB tires, but you may appreciate mtb gears and disc brakes.

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    Sure. Lots of people do it like that. There are even some people on full suspension bikes and I've seen a fatbike or two. I would choose the Vaya for more aerodynamic efficiency, but if the 29er is more comfortable, ride it.

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