I’m finishing SSBV1 next week. I’ve been using my road bike on a dumb trainer. My training is all in preparation for the Leadville 100 in August (as well as Carson City Offroad and Tahoe 100k for B races). I also do XTERRA triathlons (although non this year) hence why I want to train on my MTB. I recently got a hold of a new dumb trainer that will fit my boosted Scott Spark. I purchased an axle from Rober Axle Project to place the bike in the trainer with. I will do a new ramp test for SSBV2 on the MTB, or the road bike. More below.
I just ordered a full GX Eagle drivetrain for my bike (currently 1x11). I have an old wheel that I plan to use with an old road tire on for training. So here are my questions:
Regarding the ramp test. I recently read that the ramp test can be tough on a MTB with a dumb trainer because of the spacing in the gearing (i.e. the cadence goes way up and then you have to drop down in cadence at the critical moment). Should I do the ramp test on my road bike with the same tire and pressure as I will run on the MTB and then switch that over to the MTB for training, or just attempt it on the MTB?
Is there any risk of over inflating a road tire on a MTB rim? I plan to run the tire at 90 psi (only because this is what I have been running on the road bike).
Should have researched this sooner, but are there any cheaper options than a NX Eagle cassette ($100)?? I assumed the cassette would be much cheaper I don’t mind purchasing the cassette, but first I want to make sure all the “other” things above will work out.
Should I just keep the road bike on the trainer.
Tell me what has worked for you!!