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Old 12-19-08, 05:29 PM   #1
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Wide studded tires for a Steamroller

I've read here that though the Surly Steamroller is rated for max 38 mm wide tires, people have got wider tires on.

I'm looking to buy a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires which come in 35 or 42 mm versions. Anybody know if the 42's will fit? Will I need super wide calipers?
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I'd just go with the 35s, it will be a lot less hassle for a few mms less of tire. I've got a pair of 35s(they are great tires), and I don't think I could fit much more tire into my hybrid.
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Is that 42 w/ or w/o the studs? I have 1.9 snow studs from Schwalbe and they are 2.0 all-in.

Anyway, there is a thread at mtbr.com showing a steamroller w/ 42 cx tires, obviously no fender clearance at that point but it has been done.
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Remember that the actual width of the tire also is greatly affected by how wide the rim they sit on is.

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probably would have to use some tektro calipers with lots of clearance.

also consider your rim width, putting a tyre that's too fat and at too low a pressure could cause the tyre to fall off the rim under load.
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Thanks guys.

I found instructions on fitting studded tires at Peter White Cycles (under How to Fit the Fat Ones):

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp

He suggests 10mm clearance between the tire and the underside of the fork crown and same in the back. I have about 1cm so no problem there. On the sides I have about 5 mm on each side of my existing 35's so that's dicey - Peter. White recommends 10mm on each side.

I'll go for it and report back.

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