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Moving from Dawes Hybrid to Monty KZ8 MTB for commuting. Bad idea?

  • 11-06-2022 5:49pm
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    am strongly thinking about moving from an over 10 year old Dawes hybrid to a Monty KZ8 MTB with e-Liner urban tyres.

    I commute from Donaghmede to Baggot St and as some of the roads are in bits I thought the MTB might take more of a hit.

    Has anyone changed to commuting on a MTB or should I stick with a hybrid?

    Also is the Monty KZ8 a decent bike, cant find much online about it!




  • Registered Users Posts: 21,605 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    MTB for commuting is a bit pointless, the roads aren’t that bad, you’d be much better off with a decent set of puncture protected tyres like schwalbe marathon plus etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,864 ✭✭✭cletus

    It looks like a fairly entry level hard tail MTB. It's likely going to be heavy, especially with the front suspension, which will be of little to no use to you on roads

  • Registered Users Posts: 975 ✭✭✭8valve

    KZ8 is a perfectly fine entry level hardtail MTB; no less capable than any other equivalent bike from any of the more mainstream brands. Monty is part of the better known BH brand.

    It will do a commute no problem but if you are going to be weaving in and out through traffic, maybe get the shop to trim an inch or two off both ends of the handlebars? Any good bike shop willl do that and move brake/gear levers inboard on the bars for you without any issues.

    As it's a 29er, it'll take large 700c tyres without any problems, so, as mentioned above, upgrade to schwalbe marathons or similar, for durability and puncture protection.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,332 ✭✭✭nigeldaniel

    I have been a mountain bike user for years. as others say, its a decent enough-looking bike and the tyres can always be changed about for road use.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,695 ✭✭✭branners69

    Thanks for all the replies, especially the tip about the handlebars.

    I never knew you could get them shortened.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,282 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    i'd be in the 'keep the dawes and change the tyres out' camp; as above, an MTB is not an ideal commuter, if the bike choice is mainly for commuting it's not an ideal fit.

    i guess you probably take the malahide road, or head for raheny and then the howth road?

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,431 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    Hacksaw and a file to smooth them off, pretty easy to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,605 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    Pipe cutter is a slightly cleaner way to do it if you can get your hands on one and you don’t need to file it down really

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,695 ✭✭✭branners69

    Malahide Road is grand, it is more near work the roads are unreal. Erne St and Mount St are savage for potholes.

    The Dawes served me well, just want a new bike. But might reconsider after the advice given. Might look for another hybrid!

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,349 ✭✭✭✭AndrewJRenko

    If most of your riding is commuting, get a commuting bike. Look for mudguards, dynamo lights, rack, kick-stand.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,695 ✭✭✭branners69

    Am looking at the Cube Traveller Pro. This might be more suitable for my needs?

    It comes with mudguards, dynamo lights, rack, kick-stand but is a belt drive. Any opinions? Thank!

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,282 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    a friend of mine has something similar to that - a giant, i think - and swears by it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,491 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,718 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    That's a close to zero maintenance as you will get, with a good gear range, mudguards, belt drive and forget about lights. With city riding other than very occasional brake pads changing and punctures it should need very little care.

    I'd add a flap to front mudguard to keep shoes dry and clean in any weather

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,605 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    Yeah you won’t have to worry about anything at all with that cube in terms of maintenance or trying to keep it clean. Stick a set of 38c Schwalbe Marathon Plus on it and unless you’re hopping up and down curbs regularly or dipping into 3ft deep potholes you probably won’t have to worry about punctures either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,491 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    Who sells cube in Dublin...

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,695 ✭✭✭branners69

    I have Marathon Plus at the moment, this comes with Schwalbe Marathon Almoition, PerfL, Kevlar by the looks of it but will change them if punctures become an issue. Thanks

    From what I can see they dont have the Cube Traveller Pro on their website but they had it in store.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,605 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    Cycle superstore stock Cube as well, out of stock in most sizes on their site but they can probably order

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,216 ✭✭✭Shoog

    It would be harder work commiting on a MTB, unless you put skinny slicks on the rolling resistane is a killer.

    When i ran a MTB I could barely manage half the range of my tourer and a hybrid closer to a tourer than a MTB.