I enjoy riding on narrow trails, going on cross country and exploring the woods with my bike. But sadly, I spend most of my time on the bike commuting to my job. My question is what are the best specs that don’t compromise safety and performance on the woods but also that I can use the bike to commute (10 miles aprox). I assume that a hardtail is the best option, but:
- 27.5 or 29 wheels?
- Air or coil spring suspension?
- How many speeds to look for?
- What tire width is better?
I commute around 10 miles daily to my job. My budget is around $2000 USD. Two options I'm considering are the Specialized Fuse 27.5 and the Trek Roscoe 7. Both bikes look awesome, but I worry they would be slow on roads, the Fuse because of 27.5 wheels and the Roscoe for its wider tires.
I have two nice parks on my way home. The trails are steep and full of mud and tree roots. In the past, I had a Trek Marlin 5 that was good to commute but not so nice on the trails. Then I bought a full-suspension bike that was not impressive on the trails nor the roads. In the end, I decided that a full-suspension bike was not for me and I sold it.