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    26x1 on MB??

    I'm turning the old steel MtB into my commuter. I have put 26x1" (city slickers) tires on her and it all seems okay. However, I recall reading somewhere that I should not go that small (1"). Any thoughts before I go out this weekend to run it thru the paces?

    If there are risks could someone please tell me what they may be?

    Thanks,

    ehenz

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    Depends on the width of your rim. Some Mtn bike rims used for DH racing are very wide, and a very narrow tire like that will not seat correctly on the bead. However, if you've got a standard rim, you shouldn't have a problem.

    You're gonna find out how fast you can go with slicks. On my bike it probably made a 2 mph difference over knobbies.

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    I have an old Trek 850 that I use for commuting that I have put 1 inch Ritchie Tom slicks on. It rides great, handles well and travels fast. I don't know how far you are talking about riding but I have ridden mine on several 25-30 mile rides and averaged 16 mph on this bike, I usually average around17-18 on my road bike in the same conditions. I run 650 presta tubes in mine BTW and haven't had aproblem yet. I have the old bike set up with rack, pack, paniers and lights, so this is the bike I ride at night.

    Night riding, lots of fun!

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    Do keep in mind that your bike now sits about one inch closer to the ground than it was designed to, so you might catch a pedal on the ground if you pedal through corners that didn't used to be a problem

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    Originally posted by mechBgon
    Do keep in mind that your bike now sits about one inch closer to the ground than it was designed to, so you might catch a pedal on the ground if you pedal through corners that didn't used to be a problem
    Also take care when going thru humps.. i nearly crashed when my pedal hit the hump.. I also use 1" slicks.

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    Just rode around Lake Tahoe with 1" tires... 72 Miles. You can really fly. I was able to hang with all but maybe 5% of the roadies (who were clearly hardcore). A couple times, an hour would pass and I'd have been drafting in a pack of 8 or 12 riders and never dipped below 24 MPH! Awesome!

    That said.... It will make your bike look VERY STRANGE! And, perhaps more importantly, ruin your gearing ratios. I rode in my highest gear (rapped out) for 75% of the ride! Your wheels are much smaller now (2.2 inches smaller in diameter to be exact). It's very frusterating to rap out at 30 MPH on a long downhill, watch everyone else pedal by you with ease, and all you can do is tuck and try not to touch the brakes...

    Give 'em a shot though! They'll make you salivate for a real road bike, which by coincidence, I'll be owning 2 of by the end of the month!

    Mike
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