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Old 03-03-13, 12:11 AM   #1
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Giant Sedona

I want to improve the performance of my bike. I only ride on paved roads or the street. Is changing the tires a benefit? Is it possible?
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If the tires are knobby, replacing with slicks will make the bike faster. But that's a mountain bike (it has a suspension fork, right?) and the wheels will be heavy to be able to absorb rocks and stuff of rough terrain. The tire size should be written on the side of the tire and you should be able to shop for slicks in the same size. The owners manual should tell you what range of tire sizes the bike accepts. You don't provide a year and model and I won't guess.
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Sedona's were MTB's back in the day(90's);they're comfort bikes now.

What year? If it's anything in the 2000's you can go from 1.5" to 2" tires no prob. Huge range of options depending on how much you want to spend. If you have a suspension fork you can go with skinnier,higher psi slicks without ruining the ride quality.
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I want to improve the performance of my bike. I only ride on paved roads or the street. Is changing the tires a benefit? Is it possible?
I purchased a used Sedona so here's my opinion.

First, the Sedona is a heavy bike and I have the steel version with no front shock. You're not going to go as fast on this bike as lets say the Giant Excape or Seek. After I purchased mine, I was ready to sell it because the bike felt too heavy. I discovered if the tires were pumped to 70 PSI it improved overall speed while sacrificing some comfort. Furthermore, the bike actually made me stronger as the summer passed one so I was able to pick up speed just by riding more.

I would look first at changing tires that allow higher pressure. You will get stronger and lock out the front shock if you have one. I really haven't rode the bike in a while since I have too many already and I"m using a even slower 3 speed! I didn't sell it because it is the most stout bike I've ever had. To say this bike is strong is an understatment because it's really a mountain bike and a well built one at that. I'm keeping mine for a while but just accept it for what it is and when it's time to upgrade, move to a Giant hybrid and not comfort bike.

Although this comfort bike when up to speed is just as fast as a hybrid.
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You should be able to go to 26X1.25" without problem.
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Thanks, bike is about 3-4 years old, front shock does not lock. I always run the existing tires at 60 psi. I guess the bike does what I wanted when I purchased it but I was really ignorant when I purchased it.
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You've got the comfort version then. Some 1.5" slicks would def speed it up.

If you don't mind putting some money into it,you might also consider swapping the suspension fork for a rigid steel or CF one(make sure it's a suspension corrected model). Steel forks can be had for $50-75,CF ones for $125+. Either will shave off a noticeable amount of weight and will increase the efficiency of your pedaling input(ie,more of what you put into the pedals will make it to the rear wheel) while improving your handling. As long as you run decent width tires,your comfort level won't suffer.
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