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Old 08-12-17, 09:29 AM   #1
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Knobby tires on a Mu Uno?

I have a Mu Uno I hadn't been riding much lately. I've opted to ride my full size Trek mountain bike for quite a while. It's a big heavy beast, and getting it up and down the stairs alone has been a problem. It's 35 pounds and I'm a hundred pound gal! It's a job I tell ya. But I love how I can ride on any surface and just ride over stuff without feeling as if I'm going to lose the bike from under me.

I recently tweaked my knee and can't squat to lift the bike up, so I took my Mu out for a spin and had a great time on it. I still do not like the coaster brake and might try to find someone to help me disengage it. But it really is a great ride. It fits my size and weight way better than the big beast, which might find a new home with my nephew soon.

I would like to put knobby tires on the Mu I think. The stock ones it came with are nice and fast, but they are pretty slippery when I'm on a bike path with lots of leaves, and I would like to be able to ride through grass or crunch through other types of surfaces if need be...mostly trying to avoid idiot Miami drivers who like to drive so close to me I have to go off the road.

Anybody have any tire suggestions? I realize this might slow the bike a bit, but I'm willing to trade speed for being able to ride on a variety of surfaces.
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Take a look at some quality BMX tyres. Personally I would not want knobbys on any bike.
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Take a look at some quality BMX tyres. Personally I would not want knobbys on any bike.
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Old 08-13-17, 06:56 AM   #4
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Install the front brake on MU, that will give you more confidence on the road. About the tyres, I'm happy with the stock Marathons. I'm not a fan of knobbys too.
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I have a couple of Dahon Mu D10s.--I'm a dealer and I bought ten of them last fall. They come with 20 x 2.2 tire that is quite wide but is kind of a high pressure/ low pressure tire. It has a herrringbone style tread. I stripped one of the bikes down and sold just the parts. I have the tires up on ebay right now. They are a nice rolling wide tire that will fit your Mu.

Two 20"x2.2" Folding Bike Tires CST Vault High Pressure Folding Bicycle w/ Tubes | eBay

Any of the Street BMX tires will probably work well for you also. I agree with Bad Bad Mother that knobby tires unless you are riding in the dirt are not the best option. Wide tires will give you more stability.
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I have a couple of Dahon Mu D10s.--I'm a dealer and I bought ten of them last fall. They come with 20 x 2.2 tire that is quite wide but is kind of a high pressure/ low pressure tire. It has a herrringbone style tread. I stripped one of the bikes down and sold just the parts. I have the tires up on ebay right now. They are a nice rolling wide tire that will fit your Mu.

Two 20"x2.2" Folding Bike Tires CST Vault High Pressure Folding Bicycle w/ Tubes | eBay

Any of the Street BMX tires will probably work well for you also. I agree with Bad Bad Mother that knobby tires unless you are riding in the dirt are not the best option. Wide tires will give you more stability.
That's helpful to know. Rather than knobby, wider would be more stable. Makes sense. But when I looked at the bike I think 2.2 inches is too wide. I have the front brake on and it seems like they wouldn't fit.
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That's helpful to know. Rather than knobby, wider would be more stable. Makes sense. But when I looked at the bike I think 2.2 inches is too wide. I have the front brake on and it seems like they wouldn't fit.
The tires in the listing came off the Dahon Mu frame I stripped for parts. I have another set that I rode about 100 miles on my Mu d10. I have two sets of wheels/tires for my Mu. But any BMX tire you find up to a 2.0 should fit. The BMX freestyle tires are street tires designed to grip on pavement and a bit of dirt.

I used to race BMX (I was State Champ at one time but that is another story) and there are a lot of high pressure (70-100 psi) wide 1.9/2.0 bmx tires available that will work well for you. Most BMX tracks are very hardpack dirt---so the tires don't have knobs, they are designed to get traction on hardpack.

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The tires in the listing came off the Dahon Mu frame I stripped for parts. I have another set that I rode about 100 miles on my Mu d10. I have two sets of wheels/tires for my Mu. But any BMX tire you find up to a 2.0 should fit. The BMX freestyle tires are street tires designed to grip on pavement and a bit of dirt.

I used to race BMX (I was State Champ at one time but that is another story) and there are a lot of high pressure (70-100 psi) wide 1.9/2.0 bmx tires available that will work well for you. Most BMX tracks are very hardpack dirt---so the tires don't have knobs, they are designed to get traction on hardpack.
Thank you so much for the valuable input!
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Anybody have any tire suggestions? I realize this might slow the bike a bit, but I'm willing to trade speed for being able to ride on a variety of surfaces.
Iím currently testing a Maxxis DTH 2.2 and a Maxxis Rizer 2.15. Both fit fine but for overall performance on dirt and street I prefer the DTH. On the inexpensive side I tested a Schwalbe Black Jack 1.9. For such an aggressive tread it wasnít bad on the street but it didnít have enough float in really soft dirt and sand Ė Iím considerably heavier than you.
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Iím currently testing a Maxxis DTH 2.2 and a Maxxis Rizer 2.15. Both fit fine but for overall performance on dirt and street I prefer the DTH. On the inexpensive side I tested a Schwalbe Black Jack 1.9. For such an aggressive tread it wasnít bad on the street but it didnít have enough float in really soft dirt and sand Ė Iím considerably heavier than you.
I really like what they look like on the bike!
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