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    Slicks?

    Currently riding a Trek 8000 99% of the time on the road...........was thinking of moving to slicks? Riding Jones AcX 26 X 2.2 now.

    New to cycling and would really appreciate your advice on options. Another set of wheels, going to the slicks, hybrid...don't know the best way to go.

    Thanks in advance, take care.

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    well if you don't go mtn biking then yeah get slicks, if your off road is gravel trails ect and not realy mtn biking get somthin thats not totally slick and not as skinny, ie somthin like 1.75 wide and with a high number of small "knobs"

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    Yeah, go for slicks if you're on the pavement all the time.

    Check this thread (if you haven't already) for tire recommendations:
    Best slicks for a MTB commuter

    And this, if you might think of using a separate 700c-sized wheelset:
    Convert your old mtb to 700c wheels

    Like I said in that second thread, I can fit 700c wheels with 28 mm tires on my C'dale Rush to make it a fast, responsive city bike. Putting knobbies back on is as simple as changing the wheels. Of course, it's hardly an extra expense, because I already had another bike.

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    thanks for the responses thus far, any additional thoughts........anyone else gone to slicks when spending more time on the road or a hybrid tire of sort?

    thanks a ton!

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    ^ I havn't personally, but many do it.
    Many have 2-3 different wheelsets with diff. tires for diff. conditions

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    different wheels

    Don't want to highjack the thread, but was interested in reading of folks using different wheelsets on one bike.

    How does this work out with wear to the drive train? The cassete on one wheel might have different wear to that on another wheel, yet you will be using both with the same chain and rings. Doesn't that give accelerated wear?

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    as long as you change your chain when it gets worn out shouldn't be a problem, just get a chain checker or take it to a shop from time to time, wear on the cassette doesn't really happen until after .75% stretch, and usually isn't a problem until you get close to 1%, although if you load the pedals crazy hard you can wear the cassette out earlier.

    I run 2 wheelsets on my cyclocross bike, and its been really great, i can throw on the set with slicks when i don't wanna be stupid and commute to work on my race bike, and don't wanna ride that far on my ss, the only issue was that the rims had diff width which meant i had to play with the brake barrels a tad but they where close enough it didn't throw off pad alignment, but if you are buying a second wheelset i'd try to make sure you have similar rim widths if you run rim brakes, if you run discs then you could prolly throw some 700c wheels in there

    if you had a worn out cassette on one set you would cause fast chain stretch and then wear out the other cassette, so if you run multiple wheels you just have to keep on top of maitanence but you should do that anyway, and i imagine most people on bf know bout that anyway.

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