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Ok peeps, I need advice and figured this was the best place to come. Basically, I'll be buying my first serious bike soon and I'm incredibly out of touch.
I haven't owned a bike since I was about 12 years old, and that was a fixed gear BMX. I've never actually used a geared bike at any proper length, and gearing is probably the single thing, bike related, that I haven't yet fully wrapped my head around.
I've been to my local bike shop several times, and each time I was close to making a decision, I'd get more opinions and info that would scatter my cards and make me re-assess.
I was initially leaning towards a Specialized Crosstrail, but one of the dudes at the bike shop talked up the pros of getting a mountain bike, and then just putting road/hybrid tires on it. He was saying that I'd have more versatility in the long run, etc.
And finally... this brought me to the bike I've fallen in love with, the 2015 Specialized Rockhopper 29 Comp.
I'd be using this bike mainly for commuting, but if possible, I'd like it to have considerable versatility if I wanted to take it off road. My main dilemma is if this bike will be very fast. Would it be able to keep up with a road bike? If not, why?
Thanks in advance for your replies. Also, general bike thread.
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When I surf these webs and I read about ''aero shifters'' and ''aero v vorks'' I laugh my ass off. So road/race bikers are trying to get as aerodynamically as possible. I find this utterly hilarious, considering there are much better aerodynamic bicycle designs out there. Roadbikers try to get their bike as light as possible, thinking that will get them faster.
I myself ride a 15 kg recumbent bicycle (see pic) and you just go so much faster on a recumbent. You have an incredibly aero advantage with a recumbent, and the comfort level is absolutely high. I've never got any saddle pain, no wrist pain, not anything. My top speed is 68 km/h and that was not hill down. Top speed world record is being hold by a recumbent bicycle.. hour record is also hold by a recumbent bicycle.
Anyway, not to bash roadbikers, but if you want to go fast, buy a recumbent ;-) Imo the only thing a road bike is good for is the maneuverability in a city.