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SSF (sorry so filthy). Friday I had RXC in for a little tune up at my LBS (50 miles away). While my bike shop guy was tuning I was looking at the selection of Giant/Liv bikes he had on the floor. When I mentioned I was thinking about another bike, one with front suspension, he gave me the wild eye and said, "No!"
WTF? What LBS guy doesn't want to sell a new bike? He went on to explain that RXC is perfect for the kind of riding I do at home, mostly gravel, dirt, grass, and that I should just get a wider (40c) front tire to smooth things out and help with sandy/soft spots in the gravel. Does that sound reasonable? And if so, what tire do you suggest? Thanks friends!
Here's what I have on now Vittoria Cross XG Pro 700 x 32 (I also have Michelin Power 700 x 28s, much quieter and smoother, which Dave puts on for me if we are going to do a few days of paved bike paths):