Last winter I sold my Specialized Stumpjumper and got a Specialized Sirrus (I'm 36 years old and weigh about 240lbs). I mostly ride dirt paths and roads, the Sirrus has super skinny "Turbo 700X23c" tires. They are wayyy to harsh, I miss the fat 26X1.95's on the Stumpjumper. I'd like to get tires that are about twice as fat as the 23c's, which would be about 2/3 the fatness of the 1.95's.
Should I try 'Hutchinson Globetrotter Cross Tire (700X37)' with my existing skinny rims, how fat would they where the tire hits the pavement?
The Sirrus is a 29er (700 wheel size) and I've found these rims at bike Nashbar: 'Mavic A719 Silver/Shimano XT M756 Disc Silver Wheelset', would I be advised to go with these new 29er rims and get "real" MTB style tires?
Who on the net is a good source for prebuilt wheels and tires?
Any tire/ rim recommendations would be appreciated. Please excuse me for posting on multiple boards, bacause this issue seems to touch on road, MTB and commuting,
Consider these tire, Ritchey Alpha bite, a 700x35 or 700x40 if you want it wider. I have them and they are great as an all around tire. Great for the road and dirt too. Take a look at http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/COMPTRCR/TR3060
I ridden them on fire roads with confidence and they are fast on the road also and I even have crossed streams with them.