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slicks etc

I've ridden many paved miles on an mtb with slicks (training for 24 hr races) and yes the handling feels funny at high speeds but I've always found that I can get used to it though. Your bike setup may not make that doable, dunno.

If it were me, this is what I'd do - I'd complete a few tris to make sure you like the sport (especially the swim training, which is what caused me to drop my Xterra plans, I HATE swimming) then invest in a TT bike if you are really serious about optimal triathlon performance and use the MTB with slicks for the group road rides to get intensity work in.

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