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    Quick tire question

    I would like to put slicks on my mountain bike and I am wondering if I have to put on the same size as my knobbies?
    I know they have to be 26 but does the width have to match?

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    Nope they donít have to be the same "width" in fact if they're narrower it's more efficient. I was running 2.1 knobbies and switched to 1.5 slicks for an Ms150 ride and gained about 2 mph without any extra effort.
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    You might have to change innertubes though
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    Thanks that's the answer I was looking for.

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    Heck, if you've got a pretty narrow rim, you can get tires in 26 x 1.0. Now, those are some skinny tires, and they're rated at 110 p.s.i. Those will make you nearly fly!

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    a2psyklnut very true. But if your going distance the little wider lower pressure ones have a slightly cushier ride.
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    Who needs cush, when you've got slicks on a full squishy? j/k

    Life is full of compromises!

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    Speaking of tires... I just got in my Michelin XLS tubeless tires! Man.. these things look nice and beefy. Should be good for the muddy rides I'll be doing this weekend. Now if only I could get them to mount properly

    The one thing I hate about tubeless is getting them mounted and inflated.. takes some serious pressure to inflate them. Forget about your little wimpy hand pump you carry with you...
    My money pits:

    Cannondale Jekyll 500 with Avid Mechs and Sun DS2 rims with XT disc hubs.

    Cannondale F900 with SRAM XO shifters/derailler, Mavic X3.1 tubeless wheels, Avid Mechs, Race Face Next LP cranks, Time ATAC pedals, SRAM levers.

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