I've just given my wife my old mountain bike - a 2002 Gary Fisher Marlin. It's got the original knobby tyres. She feels that it's too much effort to ride up the hill on this bike. She may have a point. I just got a Cannondale Quick CX 1, and compared to the Marlin, the Quick is a LOT easier on my legs. Now she wonders if switching to thinner tyres would have a similar effect.
What do you guys think? Being a novice myself, I can't give her a reliable answer. If the difference is mainly due to the tyre size (26" on the Marlin vs 700mm on the Quick) rather than the kind of tyres, I'm afraid road tyres won't help much if at all.
I've been told in another thread that using slick tyres on a "26er" mountain bike can greatly improve the ride. Will doing so also make a "more effortless" ride?
Thanks in advance!