|The normally chubby looking 25C road tire is lost in the cavernous clearance of the Moots CX|
The other thing that came to mind was that those were my choices when riding a road-only bike - not a CX bike. Just before reaching Hatch Road there is a dirt trail that leads to the right and into some wooded single track that winds up about 2/3 of the way up the hill. Off I went with 25C road tires on the dirt and pine needle covered trails. The bike handled climbs, descents, turns and bunny-hops in a nimble yet comfortable manner. Soon I was back on the pavement and up on 57th Ave.
I ran into some good friends who were out on a road ride so I hung with them and chatted all the way to 29th Ave,. where we parted ways. So far I had ridden 8 miles of road and 1 mile of trails without any issues on the same bike. I wasn't quite ready to head back south for home so I rode to 14th Ave., where I could hop on the High Drive Bluff Trails for some single track. I was concerned about some of the steep rocky climbs and loose off-camber dirt on road tires but threw caution to the wind.
My concerns were misplaced as the bike handled everything I threw at it. I did get bounced some on the rocky climbs since I had about 85 psi in the tires to avoid pinch flats. The ride was a little stiff with those tire pressures but fun regardless. I also did not feel as comfortable in the high speed berms which had as much to do with poor positioning on the bike as it did the slick tires. I have not quite figured-out where my weight distribution should be for different conditions and find myself just riding it like a road bike. I also found that it was almost impossible to stand while climbing since the back tire wanted to spin. As a result, the 11x28 cassette felt a little tall on a couple of the steeper climbs.
I finished the HD trails by climbing back up to 57th followed by a high-speed descent down Hatch and a leisurely spin out Hangman Valley Road. So far the Moots is living-up to the goal of a do-it-all with no compromises bike. Road riding, gravel grinding and single-track on the same frame, wheels, tires and components is turning-out to be a very fun and flexible bike. The freedom of taking-off and making choices on the fly as they are presented is becoming a lot of fun and removes the temptation to do the same thing every day.
The next big decision is when and what should the next tires be - higher volume road/touring tires or full-on tubeless cx tires with a low profile?
See you on the road/gravel/trail