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    Wow...

    I am officially amazed. I have been riding my MTB on the road about 99% of the time so I had been toying with the idea of getting some slicks but I kept putting it off and putting it off.

    Well today I was in the LBS and they were taking some 26x1.4 Ritchey Tom Slicks off of a bike that was being sold to a customer...what the hell I thought and went ahead and grabbed them.

    Took them out for a quick spin tonight and holy crap what a difference. I did a quick 8 mile loop around my house which I am familiar with and which I usually average about 12mph on. Well on the slicks I was averaging 19mph and arrived home with way more energy left than I normally would have. I would have been able to do twice that distance easily but I had to get home and cook dinner for the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    I am officially amazed. I have been riding my MTB on the road about 99% of the time so I had been toying with the idea of getting some slicks but I kept putting it off and putting it off.

    Well today I was in the LBS and they were taking some 26x1.4 Ritchey Tom Slicks off of a bike that was being sold to a customer...what the hell I thought and went ahead and grabbed them.

    Took them out for a quick spin tonight and holy crap what a difference. I did a quick 8 mile loop around my house which I am familiar with and which I usually average about 12mph on. Well on the slicks I was averaging 19mph and arrived home with way more energy left than I normally would have. I would have been able to do twice that distance easily but I had to get home and cook dinner for the family.

    and now your know the magic of smaller tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge
    and now your know the magic of smaller tires
    I was expecting to gain a little but to gain 7mph and have it be less physically exerting just really surprised me.

    Next step.....ROAD BIKE!!

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    You did recalibrate your speedometer, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCCommuter
    You did recalibrate your speedometer, right?
    Considering these tires are 26 and the old tires are 26, no I didn't. Should I?

    The only thing that changed was the width of the tire which should have no affect on how long it takes for the wheel to go one rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    Considering these tires are 26 and the old tires are 26, no I didn't. Should I?

    The only thing that changed was the width of the tire which should have no affect on how long it takes for the wheel to go one rotation.
    The thinner tires have a smaller diameter as well. For example, according to the table that came with my computer, the difference in diameter between a 26x2.125 and a 26x1.5 is about 6%, or about 1 mph at the speeds you're travelling.

    Skinny tires definitely rock for street use. I love mine.

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    We don't know the size of the original tyres, so any numbers are pointless.
    Many cheap pseudo-MTBs are sold with medium-width tyres - around 1.5-1.8 or so.
    At least, that's the case here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf
    We don't know the size of the original tyres, so any numbers are pointless.
    Many cheap pseudo-MTBs are sold with medium-width tyres - around 1.5-1.8 or so.
    At least, that's the case here.
    According to Kona's site the bike originally was sporting "Tioga Factory 26 x 2.3 front/2.1 rear"

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    I remember when I had a big fat MTB and a tourer. I'd lumber home from mountain biking, and then get on the tourer, and then ZING!!! Wow, what a difference.

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    I know exactly what that feeling is. A few months ago i picked up Ritchey Tom slicks (1.4 f &r). They are fantastic tires, reasonable light too. I can do very mild offroad riding, mostly hardpack, with them.
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