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Old 09-18-02, 02:19 PM   #1
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Cool looking slick tyre for mountain bikes

I came accross these cool tyres, check them out:-

http://www.specialized.com/SBCEqProd...23uqvva.j27004

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http://www.dalescycles.com/comersus_...me=Specialized

they look great for city riding
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Nice. How do you think they would ride on wet streets?
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I have some 1" slicks on my "commuter mtb". With 80lbs in the tires, the ride great, and roll fast. I cant say much about wet riding, but i would use caution on any bike when riding in the rain.
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I just purchased the fatboys for my mountian for a century i did a few weeks ago. These tires are simply amazing, i have nothing to compare them to but i love them. I filled them up to between 90-95psi. I never realized the change in tire would make such a difference in how fast i can ride. I would say i go around 5 mph faster with the slicks on my mountain bike when riding on the streets. Simply a great tire and not to expensive. i think i paid $15 each at my lbs.
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If you have a decent-quality mountain bike and can adjust your saddle and handlebars to let you approximate a racer's crouch position, 95PSI slick tyres should get you within a few percent of road bike performance. For some people, one mountain bike with two sets of wheels (slick and knobby tyred) may be a decent, cost- and space-effective alternative to two separate bikes.
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I've been running 1.25" Specialized Fat Boys on my Bianchi MTB this year and they are great for minimizing weight, rolling resistance and noise compared with a 1.5+" semi-slick. I haven't had any flats yet but I haven't logged enough miles on them to make any claims of their superiority in this regard. A friend of mine uses 1.25 Avocet FasGrips and they seem to be very similar.

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Nice. How do you think they would ride on wet streets?
Wet weather traction is alway lower but these would grip as well as, or better than, a semi-slick of the same size. Manufacturers put small grooves in tires mainly because most people won't buy a bald tire.

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Old 09-23-02, 05:21 AM   #7
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You're right, I read a few years ago that a racing bike slick tyre will not start aquaplaning until it reaches a speed of 200-250mph - not terribly likely. The grooves are thus largely for psychological purpoes.

Btw, I fitted my MTB with a set of 1.25" Fatboys yesterday. I'm quite light so i put 60psi in them and they are brilliant, fast but really smooth and great at absorbing bumps on cr*ppy country roads .
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Those look like they are perfect for use on the trainer I need to buy!

Has anyone bought a slick with kevlar beads or are they limited to wire beads due to the increased pressure?
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I need slix on my bike 2. Does it matter wat kind of bike u have 2 fit any tire?
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I guess I have a similar question. I have an XC hardtail wiith Mavic 223 disc rims. I currently run 2.1 " tires, but do a lot of road riding and was thinking about switching to narrower tires. What size tires can these rims accomodate? Thanks.
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I need slix on my bike 2. Does it matter wat kind of bike u have 2 fit any tire?
What do you have against the proper use of the english language? As far as your question (if I can decypher your AOLese) The main thing to keep in mind is the width of your rim. ie: don't put 1' wide slicks on you downhill bike.
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Logic, get a set of 'Fatboy's on it - you won't regret it .
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I guess I have a similar question. I have an XC hardtail wiith Mavic 223 disc rims. I currently run 2.1 " tires, but do a lot of road riding and was thinking about switching to narrower tires. What size tires can these rims accomodate? Thanks.
My rear 1.25" slick is installed on a Mavic 221, which looks to be no wider than a 223. You could play it safe by using 1.5" which would also provide extra cushioning.
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These are the road tires I use. The foldable version is 195 grams and they last a very long time. My first set lasted for almost a year and a half (off and on) until I hit a gravel road at 30mph.

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