I’ve currently got a 3x10 hardtail. I just did a ramp test and tested at 253 (woohoo!).
The problem is I’m in the second to last gear. I held 316 for 1 minute (ouch) at about 90-93 rpms, so I don’t have too much gearing left.
I ONLY ride MTB on singletrack and with the kids.
2012 Jamis Dakar XC race bike
2018 Scott Genius 930 trail bike
2014 Giant XTC hardtail (about to be a singlespeed)
2013 Jamis hardtail 3x (trainer bike)
So, I’m pretty good on MTBs and ideally I would get a smart trainer, but I don’t think my MTBs with 1x10 or 1x11 will be any better.
There’s a 2010 Scott CX Team bike for sale for $500, I don’t know much about the geometry (has it changed much for CX since 2010?) and I don’t know much about the gearing for CX.
Is CX gearing much different than MTB?
I’d rather get a CX/gravel bike that I could in theory use to try a CX race, but if a cheap road bike makes sense, then I will probably look at that route. The ONLY thing I would use a road bike for is riding in my neighborhood (20 mile route in 4 laps). If I have time to ride outside, I’m going to 99.9% of the time choose singletrack
Another bike I might be interested in - Cannondale Topstone Sora $1100
TIA! I’m so new to all this indoor training stuff!