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    Slicks on a mountain bike

    So, have any of you put slicks on your mountian bike if you are going to be doing extended riding within the city or not planning to be off-road for a while? I've been toying with getting a set so looking for an opinion or 6.

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    I used to run semi-slicks when I didn't care about climbing in the dirt and I mostly did urban stuff. I really liked them. They're noticeably fast.

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    Sure. I really like Kenda K-Rads for the job. They roll out smooth, have enough tread for grass and hardpack and look really butch.

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    My son uses semi-slicks to ride around his college town - great on the pavement, but still hold on over those gravel patches.

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    they just look fast.. and are too :-D

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    I've used (in order) Tioga City-Slickers , Specialized Fat Boys , and Specialized Turbo/S tires on a Stumpjumper when I was commuting to school in Boston . Each set I bought was faster(and less durable) than the last .

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    I use these Kenda 1.95's which are actually knobbie, but still roll faster then any of my other tires. I regard them as my slicks.

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    I have slicks with just lines in them, they have the exact tread that you commonly see on choppers (real ones) I didn't notice them being much faster, maybe a little faster. but they sure cornered better on dry pavement, and there was no "buzzzz" at all. And they were very smooth. They weren't as bad off road as I thought theyd be, I just let some air out so the tread flattens out to get more ground contact and they did just fine on everything except steep climbs, especially in mud or wet grass.

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    Just make sure you dont get them too thin. I wasn't thinking and ordered a pair of IRC Smoothies 1.125 and they are way thin. Feels like I am on a road bike they kind of suck on anything but street. If you are sure not to have to go offroad at all thats fine but if you do a little it really bites.
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    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=5430#

    This is what you are looking for, I have them on a mtb bike and it is quite fast and durable.

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    I've had loads of different slicks on my mtb's over the years and the fastest (but 'hardest') were these:

    http://tinyurl.com/ysgnu

    I had the 1.3 ones and I have to agree with the person above; they're not good for anything but fast commuting on paved roads, but at that they excel. Best would be if we could all justify having two sets of wheels... but as getting out of London is complicated with a bike, I can't...

    Anyway, had them on a rigid marin pine mountain until it got assaulted by some kids outside my GF's apartment, then put them on an airborne Liberator that I built with the parts from the Marin, but that got stolen three weeks later... Given that they are fairly pricey, i settled for a pair of IRC metroII this time around... A lot fatter so not as fast but fast enough for London I guess.

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    Town & Countrys

    I was pretty happy with some Continental Town & Country tires. Great on pavement and decent on light gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stor Mand
    So, have any of you put slicks on your mountian bike if you are going to be doing extended riding within the city or not planning to be off-road for a while? I've been toying with getting a set so looking for an opinion or 6.

    I have full slicks on my MB1, since i do mostly city riding... it only takes 10mins max to swap tires...

    I was able to climb a dirt/rock hill with them the other day but thats probably because of the chuck norris air freshener on my bars.
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    I put on a set of semi-slick Kenda 1.95's from Dick's Sporting Goods ($9.95). The are labelled Pathfinder Front but I put it on the rear also. It has low profile knobbies along the sides so it'll still hook up some in the loose stuff. The center section has three 1/4" smooth tread sections divided by 1/16" grooves. I pumped it up to 60psi and it rolls great on the pavement and also in the soft shoulders. Really save my knobies from excessive wear and make for a much smoother ride with less resistence.

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    NEVER! Slicks on a mountain bike is like lipstick on a pig! If you want to ride on the road, get a road bike. If you have to ride a mountain bike, pump up the tires and listen to the hum! It's rather soothing
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    NEVER! Slicks on a mountain bike is like lipstick on a pig! If you want to ride on the road, get a road bike. If you have to ride a mountain bike, pump up the tires and listen to the hum! It's rather soothing
    There is no way that I am going to ride with my head between my knees. I only have mountain bikes- and they are predominately used offroad. However- There are a few road rides that I like to do as gentle trainingg for my offroading. These are road rides and not just riding round the streets- so I set the bike up with slicks and away I go. Normally use Conti Grand Prix's and these are a thin roadie type tyre at around 110psi.Get a bit of road shock but still ride it as a mountain bike with f. suspension and out of saddle riding. Have done a few road rides on Knobblies but a metric or 100miler does get a bit tiring after a while. Then there is the fact that there is nothing better than showing the roadies that their $5,000 18 lbs bike does not perform that well up against a 24lb mountain bike that can also take the rough stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somegeek
    I was pretty happy with some Continental Town & Country tires. Great on pavement and decent on light gravel.
    I have put the same tires on my bike for use around the neighborhood and for riding on the numerous dirt/clay roads common in this part of the world. They are pretty wide for the pavement but are just right for the dirt roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    NEVER! Slicks on a mountain bike is like lipstick on a pig! If you want to ride on the road, get a road bike. If you have to ride a mountain bike, pump up the tires and listen to the hum! It's rather soothing
    The cost of a new set of tires vs a new road bike might be significant enough to be considered a factor by some. I generally run with a "whatever works" philosophy. I appreciate beauty as much as the next person, but practicality takes precedence. Sometimes, practical function creates it's own type of beauty. Thankfully, I don't have any practical or functional reasons to put lipstick on a pig. I did, however, put slicks on an old mountain bike that I had laying around to use as a commuter that had to be left locked up out of my sight for long stretches of time.
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    A lot of the posters here are talking about a lot of different things. First of all, to gain a lot of speed over knobby MTB tires, you need to drastically cut the tire width. Simply going to a smooth tread will only have marginal gains.

    I have 1.4 Ritchy Tom Slicks on one MTB and it was a drastic increase in speed from the knobbies. I have 1.95 Mythos slicks on another MTB. There is very little gain in speed if any.

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    I've got a set of 26x1.5 IRC Metros on my Gary Fisher rigid bike, and they're great. I pump 'em up to 90 PSI (they're rated for 100) and the reduction in width combined with the higher pressure is a big improvement over my 2" knobby tires. During my commute, I now stay in the largest chainring the whole way, whereas before I'd switch between two and three.

    The only real problem is I'm getting tired of switching the tires when I go mountain biking on the weekends.
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    slicks on mtb

    I use Bontrager Satellite Elite Hardcase, I find these very good slicks in wet and dry. They are very hard and have low friction on the road, I think you still have to be a little careful in the wet but there is a slight track to the sides for water expulsion.

    They have a good puncture protection too. So far 3months use, close to 2000km complete over smooth city, hard coated gravel, debris, broken glass after saturday nights, a bit of dirt road, kerb bunny hopping and no punctures, max psi 85 I sometimes pump em up to 90+ to keep up with the fast roadbikes. Very pleased with this MTB slick.

    http://www.bontrager.com/Mountain/Wh...Tires/5783.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    There is no way that I am going to ride with my head between my knees. I only have mountain bikes- and they are predominately used offroad. However- There are a few road rides that I like to do as gentle trainingg for my offroading. These are road rides and not just riding round the streets- so I set the bike up with slicks and away I go. Normally use Conti Grand Prix's and these are a thin roadie type tyre at around 110psi.Get a bit of road shock but still ride it as a mountain bike with f. suspension and out of saddle riding. Have done a few road rides on Knobblies but a metric or 100miler does get a bit tiring after a while. Then there is the fact that there is nothing better than showing the roadies that their $5,000 18 lbs bike does not perform that well up against a 24lb mountain bike that can also take the rough stuff.
    I was kidding! Sort of... I really do not put slicks on my mountain bikes, even when riding them long distances because most of the time, if I am riding them for long distances, I will be using them as a mountain bike, not as a glorified road bike. I do own both mountain bikes and road bikes and I ride each in different ways.

    And think how much sweeter it is to pass the 18 lb bike while your knobbies are singing a happy tune
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    I have a 22km commute to work but I can only take my bike in on Fridays (busy the other days driving my daughters to daycare and stuff). I do have slicks that I swtich to and it definitely is faster. However there are days when I'm just too lazy to switch tires especially if I have a mountain bike ride planned for Saturday. On those days I just pump the knobbies to the maximum pressure and head out. Sure it's slower but you do get a better workout and the hum can be soothing, as Cyccommute pointed out.
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    I ride mostly on the road and in the local park. I just put a pair of Bontrager Hanks on. I really like them because they are 2.2 wide. I don't want a mountain bike with wimpy tires on it. I already have a road bike. These tires are like balloons almost. Very cushy. They seem thin so I don't know about durability but they aren't expensive.
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    Has anyone had any experience with this particular tire?

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