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Old 11-23-10, 01:33 PM   #1
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widest tire?

My wife is very interested in getting a Pugsley. Her current mtn bike can't handle even a 2.25" tire. I would prefer to turn my current Fisher 08 XCalibur into more of a floater so as to save some money for Roubaix. My wife's mtn bike is old and won't take as wide a tire as mine will. I am trying to find out how wide of a tire I can put on my bike if I get a new wheelset. I have Nokia 294 studs on my bike currently but they are still too narrow for snowpacked trails. I can't get to our bike shop today (dangerous roads) so thought I'd toss out this question. What might the widest possible tire that I could put on my bike if I get an entirely new rim/wheelset ? I have done some online searching but remain unsure if I can get anything wider than my current Nokia tires.
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My wife is very interested in getting a Pugsley. Her current mtn bike can't handle even a 2.25" tire. I would prefer to turn my current Fisher 08 XCalibur into more of a floater so as to save some money for Roubaix. My wife's mtn bike is old and won't take as wide a tire as mine will. I am trying to find out how wide of a tire I can put on my bike if I get a new wheelset. I have Nokia 294 studs on my bike currently but they are still too narrow for snowpacked trails. I can't get to our bike shop today (dangerous roads) so thought I'd toss out this question. What might the widest possible tire that I could put on my bike if I get an entirely new rim/wheelset ? I have done some online searching but remain unsure if I can get anything wider than my current Nokia tires.
Thats a tough questions since manufactures tire measurements are so inaccurate. I'd guess 2.35 on the rear but that's a stab in the dark. If she wants a pug she won't be happy even if you are able to shoe horn a 2.5ish tire in there. Totally different animal than a fat bike. Hopefully she hasn't tried a pug in the snow, caused your SOL then. Good luck
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Oh and have the nokian 294 and they suck in the snow. Probably worst tire I own in the snow. Now on icy trails they kick butt.
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A Pugsley has 4" wide Endormorph tires. You can learn more about it over on the Snow/Sand Bike Forum on MBTR.
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For hardpacked snow trails, I'll be running a 2.4 Conti MountainKing. Last year I rode a Nevegal and it was pretty good. Any non-studded tire is going to be dicey on ice but much better on snow. Try to evaluate what the mix is on the trails you normally ride to determine if the Nokians are still worth it.
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