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Old 05-16-21, 07:32 AM
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Need skinny 26 tire recommendations

Im looking for a tire for a conversion/dumpster up cycle Im working on - I need a skinny (<1.75) tire for a standard 26 MTB wheel. Id like to keep it knobby, as the build will be a gravel/light trail friendly machine. Any advice???
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Old 05-16-21, 12:40 PM
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Why do you want something less than 26x2.0? That was likely the tire size for which the steering system was designed. A smaller tire will reduce the trail and change the handling.

If you could go with a bigger tire, the Continental Race King Protection is superb. Low rolling resistance, relatively light and with knobs that work well on shallow muddy spots while clearing mud well.

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Old 05-16-21, 02:25 PM
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Good luck finding a decent trail-oriented 26 knobby tires that is 1.75, let alone smaller. Even 1.75 is ridiculously small.
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Plenty of 26" x 1.5" tires out there for street riding (I've got a bicycle with them), but I'm not aware of anything in a 1.5" width that has knobbies. If you've got a LBS in your area that sells a lot of cruiser-style bicycles you could see what they have. Also look at some of the larger internet bicycles stores. Otherwise just stick with 2.0's as the others above mentioned if you want to ride trails & gravel roads.
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Less than 2

Originally Posted by ofajen
Why do you want something less than 26x2.0? That was likely the tire size for which the steering system was designed. A smaller tire will reduce the trail and change the handling.

If you could go with a bigger tire, the Continental Race King Protection is superb. Low rolling resistance, relatively light and with knobs that work well on shallow muddy spots while clearing mud well.

Otto
yeah it has to be less than 2 - its an old steel 80s road frame - It originally had 27 wheels, but I dropped to a 26 to give a bit more tire space. I have a 2 on now and it JUST rubs on the frame. I changed the fork, so I can fit a wider tire up front but the rear needs to be skinnier. I know I could go 700c wheels and have a variety of options, but budget wise (and just for fun/challenge) I wanted to try to do as much as possible with parts I already have or can get for cheap/free.
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How do you plan on braking with a bike designed for 27" wheels? You can sometimes convert to 700c but 26" is a tough one for brakes.
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Schwalbe CX pro tire, comes in a 26x1.35, there's 2 versions, one more a knobby cross tire and the other a gravel/dry grass tire. Only thing I know that comes narrow and decent.
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The tire you're asking for is a bit of a unicorn. Loads of "gravel" knobbies are available in that width range, but 26" was never a standard "gravel" size, they're mostly 700c with a few in 650b. Historically, "cyclocross" tires have occasionally been made in oddball sizes, although that market is typically 35mm or less: you could look to see if you can find a Schwalbe CX Pro HS 269 anywhere.
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Old 05-17-21, 07:18 AM
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Performance/Nashbar had the Forte road slick in 26 x 1.5". It was an acceptable tire for road or light gravel use.

I see that Kenda makes a Kwest 26 x 1.5 tire. Don't buy a Kenda tire.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
How do you plan on braking with a bike designed for 27" wheels? You can sometimes convert to 700c but 26" is a tough one for brakes.
I have some brakes that Ive tested that have a long enough reach to work, they arent nice brakes but theyll do for the rear. Since Ive replaced the fork, that one is easy - its a 26 fork
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Originally Posted by HTupolev
The tire you're asking for is a bit of a unicorn. Loads of "gravel" knobbies are available in that width range, but 26" was never a standard "gravel" size, they're mostly 700c with a few in 650b. Historically, "cyclocross" tires have occasionally been made in oddball sizes, although that market is typically 35mm or less: you could look to see if you can find a Schwalbe CX Pro HS 269 anywhere.
Ill look Into the schwalbe thanks!
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Old 05-17-21, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Russ Roth
Schwalbe CX pro tire, comes in a 26x1.35, there's 2 versions, one more a knobby cross tire and the other a gravel/dry grass tire. Only thing I know that comes narrow and decent.
worth a look thanks- I think I stumbled upon this once upon a time but couldnt remember the name
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Old 05-17-21, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
Performance/Nashbar had the Forte road slick in 26 x 1.5". It was an acceptable tire for road or light gravel use.

I see that Kenda makes a Kwest 26 x 1.5 tire. Don't buy a Kenda tire.

thanks for the Kenda advice- I had looked at that tire but it was out of stock. Pardon my ignorance, but What is the issue with them?
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^ in my experience, Kenda tires are generally heavier and less supple in the sidewall. The result is that the ride feels "dead" compared to other tires. Their advantage is price, I guess.
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Will Panaracer Paselas work? You can get them is 26 x 1.5” in a folding tire.

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Well if you are open to a more hybrid tire (such as some being recommended here), I have really liked both sets of Bontrager H2s Ive had. They come in both 26x1.5 and 26x1.75 (Ive owned both). The roll fast and have a smooth ride. They are my go-to commuter tire.

However, like the other hybrid tires being recomended, they are not really trail tires.

I owned a set of Kenda Kwest 26x2.0 (or something close to that). They are kinda harsh and really slow unless you pump them up hard, and then they are really harsh and kinda slow. I would not buy them again.

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I have a 90s 26" bike that does light gravel duty, also needed under 2" and ended up with a Schwalbe touring tire. Check out the Schwalbe Marathon line, they have various widths and variations (maybe too many) with different treads.
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Originally Posted by Travisb.burch
I have some brakes that Ive tested that have a long enough reach to work, they arent nice brakes but theyll do for the rear. Since Ive replaced the fork, that one is easy - its a 26 fork
This sounds like it will have all sorts of geometry issues but yeah have fun with it.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
This sounds like it will have all sorts of geometry issues but yeah have fun with it.
I mean, it very likely will, but I'm not trying to build a performance machine, more of a fun Frankenstein's monster sort of ride to play around with. These are bikes pulled out of the trash and I'm using the projects to learn how to do work on bikes and just having fun.
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There is so much variation in bike geometries that I don't understand people's hesitancy to try mixing parts. This isn't rocket science.
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Reading through this thread I'm wondering if putting 26" wheels on a bike originally designed for 700c or 27" wheels; that'll drop the BB down a little. Might not effect things on the straight-aways, but if those crank arms are longish they're going to cause issues in the curves if the rider's not very careful!
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Originally Posted by Kapusta
Well if you are open to a more hybrid tire (such as some being recommended here), I have really liked both sets of Bontrager H2s Ive had. They come in both 26x1.5 and 26x1.75 (Ive owned both). The roll fast and have a smooth ride. They are my go-to commuter tire.

However, like the other hybrid tires being recomended, they are not really trail tires.

I owned a set of Kenda Kwest 26x2.0 (or something close to that). They are kinda harsh and really slow unless you pump them up hard, and then they are really harsh and kinda slow. I would not buy them again.
i actually found and ordered one of the Bontrager tires, while its not a trail tire it looks like it may suit my needs!
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