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J4mes
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PostPosted: 09:58 - 15 Nov 2012    Post subject: Road Tyres on MTB Reply with quote

I'm using my MTB more and more on the road and would like to fit road tyres to it to make using it that bit easier.

I don't want to buy another bike as mine is only a few years old and barely used, plus I'd like to switch back to the mud tyres every so often for when I go to play in the woods.

I have 26x2 Bontrager tyres at the minute, do I need to change the intertubes as well, and what size can I go down to for a road tyre? 1.25, 1.5?

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PostPosted: 10:06 - 15 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the slicks I have on my commuter were from eGay and about £8 a piece. I think they're 1.5, but as they are slick, they look a whole lot more narrow.

Your inners will have the size stamped on them, but in my experience there are two major 'girths' of tube, thin (or normal, for those of us who remember the first mountain bikes!) ones going up to about 1.75 and ones for above.
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PostPosted: 11:18 - 15 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 11:42 - 15 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put Schwalbe City Jets on mine but went for fat 1.95 and kept the standrd inner tubes.

Decent tyres too.
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PostPosted: 11:56 - 15 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep an eye on Ebay for a second set of wheels Thumbs Up
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J4mes
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PostPosted: 18:46 - 16 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

well the inner tube was stamped 26x2 but I've just burst one of them while putting it back in - think it might have been pinched in the tyre Mad

May as well buy a pair of tubes too then!
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PostPosted: 18:49 - 16 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case, get some light weight ones. I think mine are Continental Lightweights. The bike feels like it's been on a diet when you first have a go!
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J4mes
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PostPosted: 19:12 - 16 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gone for a pair of Schwalbe City Jets in 26 x 1.5 with tubes to match for £29 delivered off ebay. Should be here Tuesday next week

Am being drawn towards a road bike though....have to see how I get on with road tyres on my MTB Smile
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PostPosted: 00:44 - 28 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mate of mine did a Coast to Coast run on his GT Aggressor with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres, pricey but comes with kevlar reinforcement for puncture protection. He highly recommended them.

I, on the other hand, went for Schwalbe Big Apples. Great until I went on a trail and hit a thorn! My big apples were 2'00", So I didn't need to change inner tubes, although, in the end I kinda had to. So, I decided to dremel the valve bore to allow schrader valves to be fitted and then decided to get some decent tubes (and fill it with slime).

But when used solely FOR the roads, you'd notice a massive drop in the rolling resistance compared to the standard fitment knobblies, and you'd probably gain a good 2-5 mph on the flats.
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PostPosted: 00:53 - 28 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 19:15 - 30 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had 1.95 schwable city jets and they were very good. never really tried it in wet conditions though
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J4mes
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PostPosted: 19:24 - 30 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doing really well on them so far, less knackering while riding about on the roads!

Tried to ride up a water/mud sodden track across a field near my house last week and ended up getting off and walking. Too much wheelspin and nearly falling off!

Should have gone the road way Rolling Eyes

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