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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-20-12, 07:53 PM   #1
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Tires, big difference.

Just swapped out my stock 1.95 nobbies on my MTB with some Geax Street Runners @ 1.25. Wow.....huge difference. The tires are amazing, quiet, very fast and smooth. Now my MTB is probably as close to a road bike as it can get as far as speed goes. I think I picked up about 4 mph on an average over the course of a ride and got about 3-4 mph on my max pedaling flat ground speed.

Makes me wonder what a road bike would be like.........
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Agreed, I ride an old Giant mountain bike that I've converted into a near-hybrid. Skinnier, slicker tires made a huge difference.
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Agreed, I ride an old Giant mountain bike that I've converted into a near-hybrid. Skinnier, slicker tires made a huge difference.
I thought it would ride nicer but it is almost like driving a Mustang instead of an Expedition. Would have converted the tires long ago if I knew how big a difference it makes. Now I can really see why road bikes are so much faster (besides the weight and design differences).
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I used to have a Performance M303 from the early 1990s, which is a fully rigid mountain bike with chromoly frame and a weird aluminum fork. When I exchanged its Panaracer Smokes (knobbies) for a pair of 26" 100psi Tom Slicks my life changed. Even though the bike still had flat bars, it was my favorite bike to take to charity rides and long mountain climbs (I lived in Idaho Springs, Colorado at the time). It was better than my road bike (which was a Trek 520 touring rig) but the only thing is that it looked funny with the skinny (1" or 1.25", I don't quite remember) Tom Slicks. But then whenever I wanted to ride on dirt or up a trail all I had to do was switch the tires again. It was by far the most useful bike I've ever owned.
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been thinking of going over to a narrow slick.. this isn't helping me not wanna spend money!!!
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Absolutely! The difference is significant. Honestly, if you are not taking your MTB off-road, you should have road tyres.

I remember this one time about 9-10 years ago before I bought a road bike in Tokyo, I joined up with a group to enter a race, (a "flat-bar" race, so normal road bikes not allowed unless they switched over their handlebars!), and I was training with them on my MTB with the nobby tires. I was struggling so much compared to the rest of the team, they were close to dropping me, and then I got around to changing my tyres, and I was then almost the best of the bunch! Such a huge difference.
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Same experience for me. Just wait until you switch out your new slicks for some "real good" slicks and you'll notice that difference again. I recently switched my gatorskins to 4000s and noticed a big difference in rolling resistance and compliance.
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I used to have a Performance M303 from the early 1990s, which is a fully rigid mountain bike with chromoly frame and a weird aluminum fork. When I exchanged its Panaracer Smokes (knobbies) for a pair of 26" 100psi Tom Slicks my life changed. Even though the bike still had flat bars, it was my favorite bike to take to charity rides and long mountain climbs (I lived in Idaho Springs, Colorado at the time). It was better than my road bike (which was a Trek 520 touring rig) but the only thing is that it looked funny with the skinny (1" or 1.25", I don't quite remember) Tom Slicks. But then whenever I wanted to ride on dirt or up a trail all I had to do was switch the tires again. It was by far the most useful bike I've ever owned.

Yes, I noticed climbing is way easier with the narrow tries, no doubt that helped you when you leved in the mountain west.
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been thinking of going over to a narrow slick.. this isn't helping me not wanna spend money!!!
DO IT.

I pump my rear tire up to near max PSI (100) and the front a little less, smooth, quite and fast riding. No when I go down the path my tires do not announce the coming of a Clyde on a MTB.
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Absolutely! The difference is significant. Honestly, if you are not taking your MTB off-road, you should have road tyres.

I remember this one time about 9-10 years ago before I bought a road bike in Tokyo, I joined up with a group to enter a race, (a "flat-bar" race, so normal road bikes not allowed unless they switched over their handlebars!), and I was training with them on my MTB with the nobby tires. I was struggling so much compared to the rest of the team, they were close to dropping me, and then I got around to changing my tyres, and I was then almost the best of the bunch! Such a huge difference.
I have not gone on a long ride yet with the new tires but the way the roll I think instead of doing 15 miles, I'l be able to do 20-25 just because pedalling at speed is a lot easier.
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