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    Slicks on a Hardrock?

    I noticed at my LBS that the trek 7300 had a lot thinner tires than the specizlied hardrock xc i saw...but since i like how the hardrock looks better and sturdier, would it be possible to exchange the hardrock's stock wheels with thinner wheels as seen on the trek 7300?

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    yes it is possible to change the tires on the hardrock to slicks/semi-slicks.

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    If you are riding on slicks, that means you are road riding. Why would you want a heavy inefficient mountain bike for road riding? Oh and a 7300 has a 700c sized wheel, and a Hardrock has a 26" wheel.

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    because for over half of the academic year, the campus is drenched in snow and mud so i want moutain bike tires but when summer comes, i wanna know if i can replace it with slicks so that i can do a bit better on the (then) dry road...

    and how does a 700c wheel compare to a 26", what does 700c mean?

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    I think 700c is bigger than 26". Im not sure though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forum*rider
    I think 700c is bigger than 26". Im not sure though.
    Ummm yeah it is.

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    700c is approximately a 28-29" wheel. You can't swap wheels because the brakes will not line up, unless its disc brake equipped. If you're just riding around campus it will make little or no difference to have the slicks... you will gain more over longer distances with the less resistance and weight, but buzzing from class to class it hardly matters.

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    but would the traction from MTB wheels help me control better (and thus is safer) when the road is covered in snow or is wet all the time?

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    anyone?

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    Years ago had a road bike, used to put snow chains on when the snow as really bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingscotsman
    Years ago had a road bike, used to put snow chains on when the snow as really bad.
    snow chains around the road tires? so how would MTB tires fair?

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    and how thick is the wheel on the hardrocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by g3ck0
    snow chains around the road tires? so how would MTB tires fair?
    At the time MTB's where not common, having riddin on ice and snow with an MTB. I think the old snow chains on the road bike where more effective.

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    A skinnier tire will sink to the bottom of snow, a wider tire will provide more "float". In snow anything sucks so I dont think it really matters. One of the winter cycling series is Cyclocross which is raced on basically roadbikes, offroad, with a 35-40c tire, which is about the width of your thumb give or take.

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