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Gravel Tire 2.0-2.2

Old 09-13-21, 09:52 AM
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Gravel Tire 2.0-2.2

I am taking delivery shortly of a custom gravel bike. It will have an Astral Outback alloy wheelset with White Industry CLD hubs, 32/36 spokes. I am 6'4"/250. It will do road, gravel, rail trails, 2 track, and probably occasionally some single track. And some bike touring. Will not be using it as a mountain bike. I have a Waterford ST bike that I now have 700x28's on, and have had 38's on. So I have something I can primarily take on the road, if that will be the totality of that ride. Although I am real anxious to start riding the new one, road or otherwise.

My question is, is there much difference between 29x2.0 and 29x2.2? I am a Schwalbe fan, but also thinking the RH Fleecer Ridge, which is a 2.2 tire. 2.3 will be the max tire for the bike, and it looks like 2.2 is the max for the Outback rim. I am leaning towards the RH FR, but am wondering if that is getting to be too big a tire, for standard gravel grinding. Also considering an extra wheelset at some point to make the question moot. Thank you.
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2.2 will give you that extra bit of compliance. 2.0 but would be thick enough for road use.

Most important is:

1. Use a tire size suitable to your inner rim width
2. Don't go too narrow or wide to avoid using an unsuitable tire diameter vs. What the bike was designed for
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Thanks, Moisture. The graph states 35-57mm for the Outback 25mm inner rim width. The FR being 55. Max frame tire width 2.3. So that looks like it will do it.
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Thanks, Moisture. The graph states 35-57mm for the Outback 25mm inner rim width. The FR being 55. Max frame tire width 2.3. So that looks like it will do it.
I think i would look more for a middle ground, say 1.8 or 1.9?
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Why 1.8/1.9? I talked to Astral, and the tech guy says he rides 2.4 tires on that rim. So I think I am going to go with the FR. I appreciate the input.
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Why 1.8/1.9? I talked to Astral, and the tech guy says he rides 2.4 tires on that rim. So I think I am going to go with the FR. I appreciate the input.
Just because you are fitting a wider tire onto the rim, does not mean you get the contact patch of said tire. It will fit over the rim like a balloon and be a bit floppy.

2.1 will work fine especially if you want a bit of extra compliance. I personally would look for a tight fit on the rim to ensure better performance. This is my reasoning.
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My vote is generally for the widest tires you can fit in the frame & fork. And I donít think you need to worry much about rim width - see, e.g., https://www.renehersecycles.com/myth...eed-wide-rims/
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Originally Posted by scubaman View Post
My vote is generally for the widest tires you can fit in the frame & fork. And I donít think you need to worry much about rim width - see, e.g., https://www.renehersecycles.com/myth...eed-wide-rims/
^ This. Itís a bigger deal if youíre squeezing radials onto skinny rims, but you arenít, so it isnít.
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That RH knob design does roll pretty good but I'd think it overkill for that riding mix.

Something more along the lines of the light and supple Speedking Racesport 2.2".

RH has a filetread 55mm and 48mm now.
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I would like to get gravel bike with 26 in wheels.
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Did you decide?

I have Schwalbe Thunder \Burt (54mm) and Furious Fred (50mm). There is a HUGE difference, but that is buy design. The FF handles like a road bike tire and corners hard. The TB handles like a monster truck tire, and corners on pavement like a truck (although both do great on gravel).

Speed and ride quality based on size alone - no, not much difference.
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Thank you all for the feed back. I went with the Fleecer Ridge. My eyes were glazing over looking at tires, and which ones were available, or not. So I am going to run these and see how I like them. I may get another set of rims for narrower tires, but I have other bikes for that. Canít wait to just ride the thing.

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