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Hi, I owned a 2011 Trek 7.6FX. So far the bike has been good and in stock condition but I was wondering: 1. If I could use a fatter tires like LT2 or LT3 if I were to hit the track. The 700x28c tires are too narrow to be trail-ready. In doing so, do I need to change the wheelset too? 2. I find the current Tektro 1.0 V-brakes to be just adequate. If I were to upgrade the brakes, will the Avids be a better choice? Thanks in advance!

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"Track"??? Do you mean "trail", as in REAL off-road rocks-n-roots singletrack?

Ah, the 'compromise' bike dilemma. This is NOT a mountain bike frame nor are the wheels designed for hard hits. But you could try to make it work for light-duty trails.

1. They make all kinds of rubber for 29ers which use the same rim size. Search for 29er tires.

The frame and fork may limit how large a tire will have clearance. Being totally stiff (unsuspended) the off-road ride would be rough by today's MTB standards. Think: loose fillings and blurred vision, plus a lot of standing to survive the ride. That takes energy. But then there are those who have intentionally bought 'niners without suspension for some reason.

A REAL mountain bike would be a better choice, just as a REAL road bike might be for that activity if sustained speed is ever a going to be a goal.

2. Avid's make good brakes AND levers. Which end is the problem, I wonder. Pads also play a major part in stopping power.

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