Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Logan, UT
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Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB
How does this make sense? narrow = fast rolling right?
Given than the weight is the same, the larger tire will have a shorter contact patch and roll faster. Unfortunately, 10% larger and the same weight also means 10% thinner and 10% more puncture prone. There is a different optimal size for every terrain, frame geometry, and riding style.
Handling is another issue. Correct me if I wrong, but I've been taught that a narrower tire lowers the bottom bracket and makes for more precise handling. Even without the extra cush, bigger tires allow the bike to hold a line through rough stuff better although tight line changes are compromised.
I also have some Tioga Factory XC Slick 1.85's that I'll put on the Zaskar every one in a while. They're an ounce or two heavier but they roll even faster than the Epicwolfs. The way that bike takes tight switchbacks on those tires makes me drool. Too bad their climbing bite and braking bite suck. They're just not great tires for most of the trails around here.
Last edited by cachehiker; 10-19-06 at 08:28 PM.