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what is the best Road/ commuter tire I can run with this rim

Old 04-14-11, 12:58 AM
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what is the best Road/ commuter tire I can run with this rim

Alex RHD 29", alloy double wall, pinned w/eyelets, 32h

I want to try a narrower tire for road riding what are some good choices

right now I am running these

Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 29x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
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29" and 700c tires fit the same rims, the minimum or maximum width being based on the rim width. https://www.bicycletires.com/a_49/tire_width/article.htm. So if you measure the inner rim width, you can tell how small you can go w/ the tires and buy an appropriate 700c or 29" tire.

That said, I've found the range of 1.25" (32-35mm) tires great for road riding w/ mountain bike rims and I'll bet your 29" wheels are about the same inner rim width as a typical 26" mtb wheel. They have plenty of volume to soak up rough spots and ride smooth, but are plenty fast feeling. You might be able to go all the way to a 1.1" which are ~28mm. I have 1.1 or 1.25's on the mtb turned commuter and 1.25 or something a little bigger on the 26" wheel tandem. These are just about the same as the 32mm tires I have on my 700c commuter and the 35mm tires my wife has on her 700c hybrid.

As for brand, I've not put as much thought or $ into these tires as I have to my road bike tires, I've just decided on a price point and bought whatever my favorite mail order had in stock w/ minimal or no tread. I think I've got a Michelin smooth tread tire on one bike and a Ritchey on another, but can't tell you w/o looking. Remember, if you're tempted to buy one of those low-ish knobby cross tires that you really don't need tread if you're not going to be riding in mud or dirt. Tread doesn't help w/ traction on asphalt.

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Schwalbe big apples, wont be smaller , they're 50 wide,
but they are said to roll nicely..
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Originally Posted by Camilo
you really don't need tread if you're not going to be riding in mud or dirt. Tread doesn't help w/ traction on asphalt.
Heed this advice. Whatever you get, get a tire with a slick tread.

I would also recommend something in the 32-35mm range. I have a couple Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires that I like quite a bit. I haven't tried every tire so I can't compare them with much.
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