Mountain Biking - softer HT ride
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02-01-05, 12:14 PM
I plan to buy a full squishy when I'm able to part with the dough, but right now my HT will have to do. Is there anything I can do to take the edge off the rooty trails of GA? I just bought a Rock Shox susp. seat post and it helped out a lot. I'm riding on 26x1.95 tires right now, will a bigger tire help out any? After looking at some of the tires on the newer bikes, the 1.95s seem kind of puny. Oh yeah, the bike is a Marin Bobcat Trail. there seems to be plenty of room for a bigger tire if it will help. Thanks a lot guys.
02-01-05, 12:19 PM
Go to a 26x2.1 tire.
02-01-05, 12:26 PM
02-01-05, 12:27 PM
Some people run oversize front say 2.10 Rear -2.25 F. Lower front psi.
I'm 1.95 R tread reversed -2.10 Front, xc type setup.
The tires change over 2.10, few xc tires, built up sidewalls. Bigger tire, you can lower the psi -smoother ride, more contact patch for roots.
02-01-05, 12:27 PM
sorry I read the sig at the bottom of the post LOL. thanks :>)
02-01-05, 12:29 PM
Thanks jeff, I was wondering about keeping the 1.95 front and just "super sizing" the rear.
02-01-05, 12:44 PM
Other way for control on roots.
Maybe buy a uni directional tire, 2.10 and try both ends. (IRC..NotosXC is one.)
A smaller rear tire is easier to turn, a bigger front is easier to plant, ride over objects.
If oversizing the rear, I might suggest a rounder profile tire to keep an edge for cornering.
You'll feel more squirm with x-tra tire edge knobbies on a flatter profile.
02-02-05, 06:00 AM
Also consider going tubeless (using something like Stan's no tubes) to be able to safely lower the pressure and avoid pinch flats. This is by far the biggest bang for the buck!
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