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    I don't know but the question sounds familiar. I seem to remember someone else asking the same question last year but I don't remember what section / sub-forum he question was posed. I'm sure there is some BF member who knows, you might try the MECHANICS sub-forum. BTW; when it comes to bikes there doesn't seem to be any silly questions, cuz bikes in general leave them self open to transformation and re-engineering, making them as unique as their rider!
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    Quote Originally Posted by liamecaps View Post
    Cool. I do have a road bike and I love it.

    My original question though was about wheels, not tires.

    I'm wondering if 26in mtb wheels exist that will take 23cm width road tires?

    Regardless if it's a silly idea. I've seen much nuttier bikes out there.
    Take a tire off and measure your wheel width between the inside beads on the rim. Then compare it with the ISO recommendations on the Schwalbe web site. Some MTB rims are as narrow as 17mm which will take a 23mm to 25mm tire. MTB rims can vary enormously in inside width though.

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    Get BIG slicks! The Big Apple or Fat Frank from Schwalbe will do.

    I don't recommend road type tires for the MTB. The ride is harsh and unpleasant with a rigid fork and barely tolerable with a suspension fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    Get BIG slicks! The Big Apple or Fat Frank from Schwalbe will do.

    I don't recommend road type tires for the MTB. The ride is harsh and unpleasant with a rigid fork and barely tolerable with a suspension fork.
    Huh?
    With 26" x 1.25" tires on my non-suspension mtn bike, it rides like my touring bike with 700 x 32mm tires,
    and corners far better than with fat tires.

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    I wouldn't go smaller than 1.25" (32mm) on an mtb, not because of vibration, but because of handling.

    The front geometry (trail, etc) has been worked out for 1.5-2.5" tyres. You drop below 1", and it will not be good.

    I had a lovely 26" bike, built for 2" tyres. I fitted 1.2" slicks (continental sport contacts; they claim to be 1.3" but measure skinnier) for speed. Sure, it went fast. However, at speeds over 30mph shimmy kicked in. Switched to 1.8" tyres - no shimmy. I found that anything below 1.5" seriously affected handling at speed.

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    Continental 26" x 1.9" Town and Country Tires on a decent ATB wheelset. Geez the old Mongoose flew on these.
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    Back to my previous post, I'm not aware of any mountain-bike 26" tires in 23mm. So asking if any rims will accept a 23mm tire is kind of pointless. One of my recumbents has a Velocity Aero rim, and it takes a 25x559 tire just fine. If you're asking about 650C tires, then you'll have to change your rims and deal with moving your brake pads out out 6mm. Almost all 650C tires are 23mm, and are considered a 26" size; but are not compatible with MTB rims.

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    In my experience, the Continental 1.0" slicks made in the 559 size were the worst tires ever.

    I could feel my teeth rattling and the road chatter was bad. A suspension fork barely eased it.

    Balloon slicks for me are faster and more comfortable.

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