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Old 08-17-08, 11:38 AM   #1
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Advice before buying slicktyres for my MTB...

Hi,

I have 26x2.1 front and 26x1.9 back on my MTB. The grip is good, but it takes alot of effort cycling so now I'm looking into replacing the tyres to other which has low rolling resistance and puncture resistant so it's going to go quicker, but more energyefficent (so I won't come exhausted to classes).

I'm not sure about the wheels, how low I can go and I can't buy new wheels too. The wheels is like 1,9 mm width |---| like the --- is 1,9 mm. I want as small tyres as possible. Any ideas how far I can go?

I'm not going offroad, maybe a shortcut on grass, gravel, but never in the woods. But it highly likely I'll ride on wet surface. And when it's snow, I'll switch back.

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Old 08-17-08, 11:51 AM   #2
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Some of your post is a bit cryptic, but Avenir City Slickers II are nice for roll and grip, especially if you are full suspension.
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It's a hardtail, so no suspension.

The rim/wheel is 1.9 mm width. I don't know the size.

I'm also trying to see what I can reduce the weight. I'm weighing ever part now.

It's a Crescent, probably six years old.

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Old 08-17-08, 12:17 PM   #4
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It's a hardtail, so no suspension.

The rim/wheel is 1.9 mm width. I don't know the size.

I'm also trying to see what I can reduce the weight. I'm weighing ever part now.

It's a Crescent, probably six years old.

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I think you mean 1.9 cm.
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Of course. I was just waiting to see if you were still here. ;-) No kidding.

It says 18-559 on the rimtape. And the rim is 19 mm width/height depending on how you measure. And it's a small head. I can't find the name. In Swedish the head is named race if that help.

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Old 08-17-08, 12:43 PM   #6
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Something like this would work fine on your rim, Serfas Drifter City Tire, $25, most LBS's will be able to get it, too. 1.5".

http://bikeusa.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1027

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I'm going to order from http://www.chainreactioncycles.com or Bikebuster since I live in Sweden and want to avoid high deliverycost and VAT.

Nokian City Runner looks good too and was recommended in a review., but it's expensive.

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I think 28mm (1 1/8 inch) is the narrowest you can go based on the chart towards the bottom of this page from Harris Cyclery website:

http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

Based on the information provided by Mr. Brown 18-559 would indicate a 26 inch rim with 18mm width if I'm reading everything correctly.

I think the 1.5 inch Serfas tires above would be a good pick. Once you get rid of the knobbies, a lot of resistance disappears. I put 2 inch slicks on my mtb and speed picked up considerable (although it's obviously sloppier in the rain).
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Chain Reaction carries a crapload of Continental tires, with a number of them 'road' type 26" even as narrow as 1". Here's their Continental page:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/B...px?BrandID=263
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I noticed same tyre is cheap enough on the English version of Ebay (www.ebay.co.uk) and I have to alternatives and it is: Schwalbe City runner Schwalbe Speed cruiser And there's also a third option and it's Schwalbe Maraton Plus, but that's expensive and it's a pain in the * to fit on the rim according to two reviews I read. I mainly want as low rollingresistance as possible, but I still want to ride with control when is wet asphalt. I have presta innertube too if that help you. Slowmaster
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