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Old 06-27-09, 01:16 PM   #1
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Newbie Alert: Advice needed please

Hi, I'm new to the forum (post number one!) and I'm looking for advice.

I've just started riding again after not being on a bike properly for over 10 years and I've bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport disc. It's fitted with the standard 26x2 wheel/tyre combo.

I'm finding the knobbly tyres hard work on the road and am looking for a new set of road tyres (and a spare set of wheels) so I can quickly change between road and off-road.

I'm guessing I'm not the first person to do this and wonder what tips you may have to give me.


Thanks,

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Old 06-28-09, 01:37 AM   #2
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depending on the terrain you can go as skinny as 1.25 usually. but 1.5's are pretty good. I used to commute on some maxxis detonators and they were pretty sweet.

If your going to ride pretty serious offroad, id say buy a decently nicer wheelset and use that as your offroad wheelset. and keep whatever you have as beater rims
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Old 06-28-09, 02:52 AM   #3
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Check out Schwalbe, especially their Super Moto & Marathon series.

Personally, if you are not too fussed about the fastest possible speed, I'd suggest you go with atleast a 1.8-2.0 tire for the relatively plush ride (eg, Marathon Supremes). They still roll very well on the tarmac.

I'm putting the Big Apple 29x2.35s on mine

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Old 06-28-09, 03:17 AM   #4
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The narrower Big Apples, 26x2 are an excellent ride, I dont think there is a need for fatter ones.
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Old 06-28-09, 07:01 AM   #5
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Cheers guys, I'm motivated by the fact that I rode in to work with a friend the other day but he was on a road bike. He had much less work to do than me on the inclines.

I know that a mountain bike will never be as good on road as a road bike but I'd like to be able to narrow the gap a little.
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Old 06-28-09, 07:14 AM   #6
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just got my kids some Maxxis Holy Rollers - still have to mount them, maybe today

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pmbhr...26_tire/pp.htm
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Did you have any luck with your plastic gear window for SRAM x4 8speed as i have the same problem Thank's Tommy
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I have 1.5" Panaracer Paselas on my hybridized MTB. I find them to be a good street tire, but enough width and tread to have some bite if I have to do gravel or dirt.
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riding on the road? get a road bike. seriously.
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wow this is a crazy old thread!
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riding on the road? get a road bike. seriously.
The funny thing is you were the last to comment on this post back in 09 when it was fresh and new.
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Did you have any luck with your plastic gear window for SRAM x4 8speed as i have the same problem Thank's Tommy
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re: "The funny thing is you were the last to comment on this post back in 09 when it was fresh and new." LOL, I know I saw that and was like, Doh! I was still subscribed to it!
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Didn't realize this was a zombie thread. That'll teach me to look at dates. Oops.
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