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I have both, and I found a skinnier tired (700C x 38) bike with studded tires to be better for commuting in Minnesota. As fun as the fat bike could be as a commuter, if there were any drifts or plow mounds it would actually get bogged down more. The narrower tires slice through and get down to a surface that they were able to get traction. That was my experience anyhow.
Save your money. Your bike is at the point where you are better off just maintaining what you have and put the money you would spend otherwise in a piggy bank. A lot has changed since 2013, including Boost spacing, so save your money on any upgrades you might do otherwise, put that towards a new bike, and sell your old bike when you’re ready.
I’m also in the midwest and been riding the same bike since 2011 (Lenz Sport Leviathan), also with a Reba (RLT Ti 120 and 20mm thru-axle). There’s nothing wrong with the Reba, especially on a Stumpjumper of that age.
Your best bet is to just get out and ride them to see what does and doesn’t work. I typically ride a large/19″ frame, but depending on brand fit an XL orM better. At 5′-8″ and a 31″ inseam though, most brands should have a 29″ wheeled bike that will fit you these days. A lot has changed in 6 years.
It depends on what I’m doing, but I’m typically 50/50. Most events I attend I’ll wear lycra, but if I feel like I need a little extra protection I’ll do baggies with a liner bib.
Oh, and always wear bibs, I’m done with regular lycra shorts or liners sliding off my hips.May 17, 2017 at 12:18 in reply to: What is the best-value budget hardtail mountain bike? #215932
I just helped a friend with this, and at $1000 the Specialized Fuse is a great bike. In fact, he was convinced he was going to buy the base level bike and then maybe upgrade a few things as he went. But then we looked closer at the Comp at $1500 and decided with the nicer fork, better brakes, dropper post, and drivetrain it was the best route to go. To be honest, if I was to start over it would be a tough call between the Fuse and the Giant XTC+
No problem cwiehle. If you’re up for something a little more challenging the Battle Creek trail system is good for that. I highly recommend a guide, even though it’s right in St. Paul, to find all the trails though as things have been changing and it isn’t mapped very well right now. I was out there the other day and missed a turn which totally goofed me up a few times, and I ride there pretty frequently. With enough notice I’d be more than happy to help with that too.
I read a review about this bugger the other day, I think it’s about the most I’d spend. That’s more than I paid for my last Jeep…
I highly suggest visiting the MORC website (https://www.morcmtb.org/trail/) and exploring it a bit. Within 30 minutes of Minneapolis there’s a lot of riding, but Cuyuna will put you 2 hours outside of that ring. If you’re willing to drive that far definitely consider riding in Duluth as well.
As far as good riding within that 30 minutes, Theodore Wirth Park is right in Minneapolis. Lebanon Hills is good, as well as Murphy Hanrehan and Elm Creek. Don’t be afraid to cross the river to Wisconsin and hit the White Tail Ridge system in River Falls, and a little outside your 30 minute drive is the Woolly Trails in St. Croix Falls, WI (Closer to an hour).
The trails in Red Wing, MN would be worth looking at too as you could hit it on your way home if your route allows. And if you were exploring trails on your way home you could certainly follow the Mississippi down and ride in Winona, MN and LaCrosse, WI for some excellent views of the river. Decorah, IA wouldn’t be out of the question either, but be prepared for some fun climbs, the descents are worth it.December 2, 2016 at 11:34 in reply to: What do you want to hear us talk about on the podcast? #202015
On that note Jeff, maybe include what upgrades are worth it, and when you should put the cash in a pickle jar to save for a new bike.