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Old 12-26-18, 11:30 AM
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Widest 27.5/650b slicks?

Does anyon e know of a 2.5" or so 650b slick I could use for urban commuting on a Karate Monkey? Maxxis Re-Fuse runs 2.0, and I think I've seen a 2.1, but Surly claims anything under 2.5 is going to lower the BB too much. I'm fine with big, bouncy, squishy tires, anyway. Curb-hopping and grip are more important than straight-up road speed on a 12-mile work commute. Thanks!

Related--anyone know of 650b fenders that will cover those monsters?
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Old 12-26-18, 11:51 AM
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https://www.veetireco.com/listings/plus-size-speedster/

Not slick but it "looks" fast (and it's called "speedster", so it must be fast).
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https://www.veetireco.com/listings/plus-size-speedster/

Not slick but it "looks" fast (and it's called "speedster", so it must be fast).
Tearing down a hill on 3" tires sounds like SO. MUCH. FUN. Thanks!
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Schwalbe does the G-One Allround in a 2.8" width. They also do the Super Moto X in 2.4" and 2.8" widths.
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You can go smaller width for city commuting. We’ve all been doing it with mountain bikes for 25 years. The BB height still won’t compare to a roadie bike, which is about 11.5 inches. MTB’s start off about an inch higher than that so you can lose up to an inch in the tire size.

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i am running WTB byways 650BX47mm they are pretty wide. i can not imagine a wider tire on my commuter. I have 60mm fenders on it. they are the biggest fender Planet Bike makes.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
You can go smaller width for city commuting. We’ve all been doing it with mountain bikes for 25 years. The BB height still won’t compare to a roadie bike, which is about 11.5 inches. MTB’s start off about an inch higher than that so you can lose up to an inch in the tire size.
Thanks. I was wondering how seriously I should take Surly's recommendation about handling being affected under 2.5". The pedals still have plenty of room to clear the ground, because 1) I'm using 165mm cranks, and 2) I'm not riding over roots and rocks. I'm guessing they're referring to handling on trails, and they just don't want to get sued if someone tries to bomb downhill tracks with 38mm tires.
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It will change the handling. You could also do 29er wheels with slicks. It is a Karate Monkey, after all.
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i am running WTB byways 650BX47mm they are pretty wide. i can not imagine a wider tire on my commuter. I have 60mm fenders on it. they are the biggest fender Planet Bike makes.
WTB Horizon is the slickest version in their 650Bx47 line-up. I was initially suspicious of the wide tire commuter, but I'm a believer now.
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WTB Horizon is the slickest version in their 650Bx47 line-up. I was initially suspicious of the wide tire commuter, but I'm a believer now.
I read a review for the byways on ridinggravel.com . He said he tried the horizons for gravel but the byways with the tread was nice. he sold me on it. I dont really ride that much gravel but I can mix it to some commutes and hope to do more rail trails with it. I have not noticed it slowing me down any. The tread only comes in handy when I take it off road like last night on my bike commute. I got crazy and did some singletrack with panniers on haha
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