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Old 08-09-21, 11:33 AM
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26" tires?

What are some light fast 2" to 2.2" X26 " light gravel-sand tires currently available? I just bought a really light Marin all aluminum 3X9 with 26" wheels. I put some 2.1's on it and it is super light and fun ride. I might grind some local dirt roads and I want to keep it as light as possible. I might go Compass but not sure if 2.3's will fit without rubbing on a hard flex.
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Originally Posted by RH Clark View Post
I might go Compass but not sure if 2.3's will fit without rubbing on a hard flex.
Check the notes for actual width on the Rene Herse web page for each tire.

Rat Trap Pass is labeled 2.3" because Panaracer uses the same silicon bladder as their 2.3" MTB knobbies in the tire mold, and they didn't want to get it mixed up in manufacturing. They're actually around 2.1", unless you mount them on fatbike rims.
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There's a good thread going in C&V: The 26" Tire and Wheel Thread

The Rat Trap Pass is not a full 2.3". Their own website admits that it maxes out around 2.15" if you do the math.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
There's a good thread going in C&V: The 26" Tire and Wheel Thread

The Rat Trap Pass is not a full 2.3". Their own website admits that it maxes out around 2.15" if you do the math.
Appreciate that. Is that basically the best option? I found some 26X2.2"s listed at 564 grams just over $50 each? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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Continental Speedking Racesport are very good. Pretty light. Supple. Fast rolling.
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Sold as a BMX tire, but Maxis DTH comes in 26x2.10 and 26x2.30. There are others such as the Schwalbe Billy Bonkers

The two I know of that are sold as a gravel tire are the Rene Herse Humptulips Ridge (previously mentioned) and Panaracer Gravelking. You can also look at XC or touring tires.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
Sold as a BMX tire, but Maxis DTH comes in 26x2.10 and 26x2.30. There are others such as the Schwalbe Billy Bonkers

The two I know of that are sold as a gravel tire are the Rene Herse Humptulips Ridge (previously mentioned) and Panaracer Gravelking. You can also look at XC or touring tires.
Yes, thanks, I've been looking and checking published weights. I was just checking if there were any i was missing since You have to check so many different sources nowadays to locate what's available.
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WTB All Terrain are light and fast, but I haven't been able to find them in 26" lately.
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Panaracer Gravelking SK in 25x2.1. Enough float and low rolling resistance while still being being grippy in gravel.
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René Herse Rat Trap Pass are wonderful tires. I’ve ridden them on day and bikepacking rides on mixed surfaces for >5 years, and I’ve built up bikes for friends with them who have done the same. They truly transform a 26” MTB frame. I find them suitable for pretty much anything but single track. The new René Herse Humptulips will be better if your riding includes a mix of road and loose dirt.
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look nice!
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Originally Posted by scubaman View Post
René Herse Rat Trap Pass are wonderful tires. I’ve ridden them on day and bikepacking rides on mixed surfaces for >5 years, and I’ve built up bikes for friends with them who have done the same. They truly transform a 26” MTB frame. I find them suitable for pretty much anything but single track. The new René Herse Humptulips will be better if your riding includes a mix of road and loose dirt.
Appreciate the input. I ordered a set of the RTP's last week and am anxiously awaiting delivery. Did you go tubes or tubeless set up? I would have to do a gorilla tape hack to go tubeless.

I am putting the RTP's on an all aluminum Marin Novato I just bought for $100 off craigslist. It is a surprisingly light, nimble ride set up 9 speed Deore. The V brakes are better than my mechanical discs and the bike has been very fun to ride. I actually bought 2 of them for $100 each so I have 2 sets of wheels that can be changed in about 1 minuet. The bikes came with good 26" X 38mm tires which I have never seen before and I threw a set of 2.1" knobby tires on to try. They transformed the bike into a very fun grinder, but they weigh nearly 800grams and are mounted with Walmart green slime filled tubes no less. LOL. Can't hardly wait to try out the RTP's.
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Appreciate the input. I ordered a set of the RTP's last week and am anxiously awaiting delivery. Did you go tubes or tubeless set up? I would have to do a gorilla tape hack to go tubeless.

I've set them up both/all ways: tubeless with Stan's tubeless rims; tubeless with a Velocity Dyad rim (which I think Velocity says are not tubeless-ready, but which has worked for me with Stan's tubeless tape & sealant; note that I've only done this with a *rear* wheel, including because the downside risk of front wheel failure seems much higher); and with tubes, including standard butyl and Tubolito. I run them around 30 PSI / 2 bar.

I'm pretty sure all my RTPs have had the Extra Light casing, and neither I nor my friends who I set up with these tires have had any issues, even with bikepacking bags on fairly rough terrain. (Notwithstanding how versatile the RTPs are and how much I like them, I'd advise against using them - or other slicks - on singletrack.) But I plan to try the Endurance casing when it's time to replace my current tires.
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I'll be interested to hear how you like the RTPs... as much as I enjoy the smaller Naches Pass, I didn't want to guarantee anything since you had mentioned "sand" in the OP. I don't deliberately ride in sand.
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I'll be interested to hear how you like the RTPs... as much as I enjoy the smaller Naches Pass, I didn't want to guarantee anything since you had mentioned "sand" in the OP. I don't deliberately ride in sand.
Me either. Didn't mean to throw anyone off. That was more of an old guy way to describe possible road conditions. I didn't mean that I was looking for sand specific tires. I don't ride anything very aggressively, just fast enough for fun without too much risk.
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