Test Ride: mountain bike vs. road bike

Test Ride Eisenbahn Trail (Kewaskum sector)

Andy and I did a quick test ride on the Eisenbahn trail yesterday and got some good feed back.  I brought along my Salsa crossover with 38mm tires and Andy used his Felt Z6 carbon with 23mm tires.  Our worry was that the roadie would have severe jarring from the gravel and tend to washout when peddling.  Not the case in this ride.  The Felt had little trail jarring and absolutely no traction loss.  We both agreed that the Salsa more comfortable in its upright positioning but peddling was more labored than the Felt. ….A lot more.  My personal opinion on this test is the road bike will be able to handle the trail with little penalty in comfort.  Hindsight, our only concern is that the rest of the trial will not be as nice as the area we just tested.

Test ride K-town style:

5 comments on “Test Ride: mountain bike vs. road bike

  1. jlhjmurray
    April 25, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Good information. I am thinking about buying some Road Bike tires. Gatorskins (puncture protection) 25’s (riding comfort). Murr

  2. jeromelalton
    April 25, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I’m thinking about buying a Road Bike surrogate rider……..full protection….and no worries on comfort….does Lance offer his services daily or just by the hour? Hmmmmmmmm

  3. harddays4me
    April 25, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    I concur with Jerome, a tire with even a small amount of tread would be a wise choice only because of the wear and tear these tires are going to get. Romey, where you thinking 25’s as well?

  4. jeromelalton
    April 25, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    28’s prolly. found some Schwalbe’s that can handle up to 100-110 psi. so fat, treaded and fast.

  5. Randy
    April 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Gatorskins may be th ticket. need to make sure the fit within your brake profile. Might also look at some tape to protect the frame from flying rocks.

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