Mountain Biking - Taming the beast!
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10-20-05, 09:11 AM
OK, I got a new Specialized Rockhopper because of the great frame, excellent reputation, cool looks, relatively good components, & low price (leftover '05 for $400). Now here's my problem: I am an "easy rider"; i.e., I ride mostly paved or hardpacked dirt roads. The tires on the bike are (for me) overly agressive: Spec. Adreneline- they constantly throw sand & pebbles all over everything (including me!) when I'm riding on hardpacked county roads. I'm thinking about getting the LBS where I bought the bike to replace the tires while they're still almost new with the much less agressive Spec. Hemisphere Armadillo. This would give me a much better tire for my normal riding surfaces while still preserving some light off-road capability. Any thoughts, suggestions?
The Specialized Crossroads (http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=13205) would fall into what you're talking about more readily than the Hemispere. It comes in several versions including A reflective Armadillo version. (see link) The only caution I have is the tire does tend to be a bit slippery on rain slicked road paint and things like manhole covers and railroad tracks. It's not a big deal, but it's something to take note of considering it's fine grip in other situations.
I used the plain version on my commuter prior to going to slicks full time.
so wat are you gonna do with the adrenalines? pm me if you wanna work somethign out
10-21-05, 10:07 AM
Raiyn- thanks for the info on the Crossroads; that is the tire my LBS recommended to replace mine. However, they didn't have the Armadillo version in stock.
Arom- my LBS said they would take the Adrens in the swap- thanks anyway. :)
10-21-05, 11:08 AM
You'll find that slick/semi-slick tires are MUCH faster than knobby tires.
There are lots of choices for tread patterns, I'd try to find a tread that
works well for pavement & dirt roads and not for trail riding.
Assuming that is that you don't do much trail riding, of course.
You know, fenders are pretty cheap too.
And it will be a hell of a lot quieter too. Off road tyres suck on road.
10-21-05, 06:06 PM
That's what they make "Road" bikes for guys.... Duh.
10-21-05, 06:23 PM
Roll very fast on the road, good wet road tire.
Work O.K hard pack, with some skill, light loose gravel.
Useless in mud.
Inexpensive for Kevlar.
so what are you going to do with the adrenalines? Pm me if you want to work something out
Try using a spell check Sparky
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