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Old 04-20-09, 08:26 AM   #1
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Mtb to Hybrid Tires

I have a 2008 gray and black Giant Rincon MTB. With that said I bought the bike to take it off roading and trails. When I first started riding I really enjoyed road riding with some occasional walking/dirt trail nothing serious at all. What would be a good hybrid tire for my bike. The Size I have on there now is 26x2.10 I think Kenda knobby tire. Keep in mind I have a heavy fellow. I now weigh 330 pound going from 400 when I started riding. I love the road and am so glad weather is back. Please good tire suggestions. I am a newbie at biking as I got my bike a year ago.
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Old 04-20-09, 08:32 AM   #2
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Try the Kenda Kross. They make a 26x1.95 and they're cheap.
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Try the Kenda Kross. They make a 26x1.95 and they're cheap.
CCrew....Will the 1.95 work??? I have 26 x 2.10. Also will the present tube I have work for this 1.95 tire or do I need a new tube as well??

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If you want to pay a bit more, I've been putting the Continental "Town & Country" model on our police bikes for years. They wear well, are easy to mount and dismount, and don't have any tiny little grooves to pick up debris that eventually will give you a flat.
I'd go for the narrowest one; the tubes you have should work fine.
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I like my schwalbe big apple 2.0" tires. No side knobbies, but I haven't had any problems at all with dirt paths. Nice and cushy ride.
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If you want to pay a bit more, I've been putting the Continental "Town & Country" model on our police bikes for years. They wear well, are easy to mount and dismount, and don't have any tiny little grooves to pick up debris that eventually will give you a flat.
I'd go for the narrowest one; the tubes you have should work fine.
+1 on the town and country. They make a 1.5 version and I put these on a bike for a mate of mine that weighs 250lbs. Pressure had to go up to 60psi for offroad but for road and trail work they do work. However- For your weight and Confidence- I would suggest the 1.95 size.

This tyre in 26x 1.5 is a favourite for Mountain bikes doing Cyclocross. They give plenty of grip in mud and still work on hardpack soil. Only drawback on the 1.5 is the rate of wear.

Another type of tyre for road and hardpack trails is the Semi-slick. Smooth centre section and Knobbles at the side for grip in Soft soil. Plenty of makes and sizes- but don't take them on mud.
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CCrew....Will the 1.95 work??? I have 26 x 2.10. Also will the present tube I have work for this 1.95 tire or do I need a new tube as well??

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1.95's will fit just fine. I've had all the way down to 1.25's on MTB's.

The Kenda Kross's I listed are the same "semi-slick" style that Stapfam's referencing. I have to chuckle at Bikewer's recommend of the Conti Town and Country. while a decent tire they're twice the price of the Kendas, and I actually found out about the Kenda's because the local PD here runs them

LBS here sells them for like $14.99 each as a price reference.

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I'd go w/ 1.5 slicks, if you're just using it for road applications.
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I have an older Giant Rincon, 21spd. It had the big knobby tires & it sounded like a 4wheel drive truck on smooth paved roads. I now have 1.5" tires on it. They fit fine & the tubes are a little tight , but work. BUT, I only weight #175, so you might consider that. MUCH less rolling resistance on paved roads.
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