NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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One thing to check is your frame clearance. I've put some 2.1's on a guy's F1000 and the knobbies rubbed the chain stays. He had to go with a less aggressive thread pattern. I ran WTB Velociraptor's on my F2000 without a problem. It depends on the "true" width of the tire. I think the fork clearance is adequate, just the chainstay.
As far as colored tires, Nokian has a cool blue that I like. I believe it's available in all their tires. Panaracer has their colored sidewalls. I have heard good thing about their tires, not their XC version, the other one, the Trail Blaster I think. ?????
With that said, a bigger tire will accomplish the traits you've listed and desire.
Finally, when you say "pedal kicking" do you mean a "kick out" where you kinda do a reverse wheelie, but off to one side?
Is this for maneurvering (sp?) around switchbacks? If so, it's a matter of feathering the front brake a bit more and leaning a wee bit more forward.
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