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Old 05-21-2002, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tires (mall cruisin')

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I want to put road tires on my mtn. bike. Not permanently, just occasionally for those long commutes.
I want the best of both worlds, I'm not really interested in a multi-purpose tire. I already have a good set of off-road tires. Now I want a decent on-road tire that yields less resistance, but can still be jumped off curbs and not throw me on my can when I hit loose gravel.
I was thinking that I would just have two sets of wheels/tires and switch them. I am on a pretty tight budget, so I want to do this as cheaply as possible. Do I need to get a specific wheel size in order to fit decent road tires? Are there any recommendations as far as wheels or tires? Any other suggestions. I have my flame shield on, so have at it.
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Old 05-21-2002, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look on www.MTBR.com for some reviews on tires. You'll get a good idea of the differences to help you decide.
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Old 05-24-2002, 10:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep... check there for tire reviews

You might want to concider a semi slick X-country tire pumped up to 70psi? the real thin 1" road tires will thrash your rims if you do any bunny hoppin........
Why not just change the tires instead of getting a whole another wheelset?
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Old 05-30-2002, 07:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If yer talking curbs & loose gravel & sh!t...
definitely go w/ a wider tire. Fully slick or semi slick whatever,
but you don't want a real narrow tire... it'll trash yer rims.

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Old 05-30-2002, 10:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for the insight
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Old 06-04-2002, 10:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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if you can afford it I'd go with the maxxis high roller 2.35 semi slick. If not, then any semi slick would be better on the road than a full knobby. Have fun.
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Semo-slicks are probably the way to go they will lower your rolling resistance but still give you some traction in loose stuff. If you want more of a road type tire check out the Continental Town and Country tires. They come in a 1.95 and a 2.1 width and do have some side tread but are pretty smoth in the middle. If your on a budget check out www.pricepoint.com they are always blowing out tires and wheels. Doing the dual wheel/tire set up is definately the way to do it swapping tires is easy but it gets very old quick if your doing it often. A set of lx hubs with inexpensive rims would be great for a spare wheelset. Don't forget that if your doing a spare wheelset to get a cassette for it to.
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Old 06-14-2002, 03:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you cant go wrong with either Conti's or MAxiss's

Pump them up high for lower rolling resistance.

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Old 06-21-2002, 08:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have some Ritchey 1.4 Slicks. They fit on my Rhino Lites just fine. Fairly stable, very fast, slide a bit in anything loose, but it's fun Much faster than semi slicks.
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