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Old 02-04-14, 03:02 PM
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Tire Fitment Choices on 26" Rims

Sort of a newb here. Have several ATB's having 26 x 1.5" Araya rims. In terms of tire widths, what choices do I have that will work? The factory tires are 1.5" width, but I see many other 26" tire widths are available. Any good choices for city riding, that is, low rolling resistance on generally asphalt surfaces? Thanks,

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Originally Posted by sirupate
Sort of a newb here. Have several ATB's having 26 x 1.5" Araya rims. In terms of tire widths, what choices do I have that will work? The factory tires are 1.5" width, but I see many other 26" tire widths are available. Any good choices for city riding, that is, low rolling resistance on generally asphalt surfaces? Thanks,

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Frame and brake clearance are the limiting factors. ATBs are usually made to accommodate tires up to 2 inches or even more, but not always.
However, for asphalt or hard pack gravel, your 1.5 tires are a good choice, and I would steer clear of aggressive tread too. That's where a lot of rolling resistance comes from, and really only useful on soft or coarse surfaces.
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I decided to go with a 1.75" Vittoria city-type tire for both ATB bikes. What was confusing to me was the wide variety of sizes available in the 1.5 to 2.5" range for the 26" rim. Hopefully the 1.75" will be a decent compromise, as one bike has 1.5" and the other 2.0" tires on it presently.

Thanks for you help.

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