Expert wisdom and clarity requested with regard 26x1-1/8" ultra-gators on MTB wheels
I have a older mountain bike (cannondale m400) that I have recently converted over to single-speed city bike (new race crank and SS cog w/spacers). My thoughts are to just make it a good and easy get on and pedal kind of bike. I've had this bike sitting in my basement for about 10-years collecting cobwebs and with the decision to get back to riding and pressing it into service I want it's usage to be simple and easy for riding about the city streets, thus it will be used virtually 100% of the time as a road bike, no off road or dirt at all.
With the decision to single-speed it, I also want to somewhat manage the energy spent pedaling so I also decided to put road tires on that favored low rolling resistance and as good puncture resistance that I could manange considering the junk strewn about the city streets, the original were 26x2.1 knobbies. I put on 26x1-1/8" continental ultra gatorskins.
I've been away from cycling long enough to know I'm no expert, these were the only size in 26" of this tire so I assumed it would fit..after all..."why not"? And it does! To my eye they look good, feel good and look tight! Alas, I have not been able to perform my test ride, I have been snowed in under all this winter snow for the past week with the expectation of more snow again at the beginning of the workweek so I have not been able to go for a test ride since I've completed the build to experience how it all feels.
With this downtime I've found and joined this forum and have been reading quite a bit to get myself up to speed and informed. I came upon a number of discussions from folks that have performed this MTB to Road/hybrid just as I have done, but I have also come upon some references with regard to tires and wheels that have piqued my interest and drawn my attention more than others. In my review of various threads I'm seeing some folks state that these tires do not fit on MTB 26" wheels.
Sorry- I'm being rather descriptively wordy; but in short can some of you guys that are more knowledgeable about these things than myself tell me if I have just done something foolish and potentially dangerous? Are these tires in fact not sensible to put on my wheels (original wheels..plain-jane looking 'Sunrims AT18' is the only label on them telling me anything). Is it opinion or is it fact with regard fitment and thus I should get these shoes off pronto!
Again, to my look and feel they seem fine but an expert I am not. I suppose sitting on the bike in the basement dreaming of being able to ride in on dry asphalt is not a real assessment.
I know there are wider widths readily available, I did also peep the schwalbe kojaks 2-inchers but was swayed by the safety blanket that the ultra-gatorskins seem to promote (puncture resistance) that I decided to go with them and also hope that the slimmer width would also offer the low roll resistance that I think I'd appreciate seeing as I have a single gear. (I also have mentally made peace that the ride will also be firm/hard with the high psi on the gators)
A little insight, wisdom and clarity from those of you that know would be much appreciated. Am I putting my safety in jeopardy with these tires on my MTB wheels?
(p.s: an example of a discussion that raised my eyebrows- http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=26+tire+width
Last edited by Moozh; 02-14-10 at 12:54 AM.