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Old 03-13-18, 05:06 PM
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Continental Speed Ride 42mm & a Trek 720

Does anybody know if a Trek 720 will be able to handle a Continental Speed Ride 42mm tire?
Everything I read says the tires run small, more like 38-39mm. They are for sale at $15.94 each here...

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Old 03-14-18, 04:55 AM
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It will handle the tire great, and that's a great price! Yes, you probably will find that their actual inflated width is about 38-39mm. Here they are on my 1997 Trek 750:

IMG_20171105_142548980 by jnjadcock, on Flickr

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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
Here they are on my 1997 Trek 750:
how's the clearance at the rear chainstays? nice looking tire, btw
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I feel like my '94 Trek 750 had room for 47s but I can't recall exactly. It was at least 42s though.
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Originally Posted by budzos View Post
Does anybody know if a Trek 720 will be able to handle a Continental Speed Ride 42mm tire?
I run a 40mm on my 2000 Trek 720 MT and have at least 10mm all around, front and back.
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Thanks for replying hokiefyd,
The pictures were a nice bonus as well. How do you like the fork mounted cable hangar? I have been thinking about one.
I wanted to install V brakes but I did not have a cable stop so I stayed with canti's.
I went with these...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALTAIR-460-...IAAOSw9mpaAeJF
I also ordered a set tires after your confirmation.
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Old 03-14-18, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by pjthomas View Post
I run a 40mm on my 2000 Trek 720 MT and have at least 10mm all around, front and back.
Thanks for the reply's pjthomas and ksryder,
Nice to know I can go with larger tires in the future.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
how's the clearance at the rear chainstays? nice looking tire, btw
It's plenty. Actually, the closest area for clearance is at the chainstay bridge, where you'd secure the bottom of the rear fender. It's fine when the tire is installed, but you have to slip the tire and wheel in from just foreward of the axle dropout to install it in the frame, and the tire will actually anchor up against that bridge and just pivot upward from it. On my particular frame, I wouldn't run a tire that has more sidewall height than these, which are about 36-37mm tall, from the rim lip to the very top of the tread. Again, mine is a 1997 model -- other years of MultiTrack probably have slightly different clearance here. I don't think any have less clearance than mine, but I have read of folks using larger tires than what seem to fit in my frame, so it must vary some.

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Thanks for replying hokiefyd,
The pictures were a nice bonus as well. How do you like the fork mounted cable hangar? I have been thinking about one.
I wanted to install V brakes but I did not have a cable stop so I stayed with canti's.
I went with these...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALTAIR-460-...IAAOSw9mpaAeJF
I also ordered a set tires after your confirmation.
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You're welcome for the pictures. I always think photos are super helpful for stuff like this.

The fork-mounted cable hanger was a must when I had cantilever brakes. I'd get nasty brake shudder with two different sets of brakes. The ones in the photo above are the stock Shimano Altus brake arms, but I've also had Shimano STX brake arms on it from my parts bin, and they had issues also. The fork-mounted hanger completely cured that.

But I have run linear pull brakes ("V brakes") as well, and I actually have linear pull brakes on it now.

IMG_20170726_155704468 by jnjadcock, on Flickr

Those in the picture above are Tektro Mini-V models (about 85mm arm length). They're designed as replacements for cantilevers and should be used with short-pull levers (like the stock levers on these bikes). I have a pair of Shimano ST-EF51 shifter/brake levers that I like, and that I have on the bike now, and they're absolutely not compatible with cantilevers, and they were okay, but not great, with the Tektro Mini-V. Because the arm length on the Mini-V is much shorter than a standard linear pull brake arm (100-105mm), the system didn't have as much mechanical advantage when paired with typical linear pull levers like are on my EF-ST51s. So I have a set of no-label 105mm linear pull brake arms on the bike right now. They're anodized/shiny silver, and they actually work great.

The downside is it does require a cable stop. I'm using an Origin8 cable stop mounted at the rear of the top tube (visible in the picture above). It works fine, and the shiny cable stop matches with the rest of the shiny bits on the bike, even though it's not a stock item.

If I went back to cantilever brakes, I'd use the type that uses threaded post brake shoes. I don't like the old style where you had to set brake shoe camber, toe, and depth all with one 10mm nut (as in the pics in my first post). The threaded posts are much easier for me to work with, and I'd prefer that style of cantilever...just like the ones you bought. Can you post some pics of your brakes installed on the bike?
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Old 03-14-18, 06:21 PM
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Hello hokiefyd,
Here are a couple pictures of the bike/brakes. They are not anything special but they do come with all the needed hardware and straddle cables. The bike is a current work in progress so it is not complete by any means. If I were to pick a set of canti's now I would choose these instead...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektro-CR51...YAAOSwFnxaa5fa
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Old 03-14-18, 06:41 PM
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The bike looks great! Yes, those Tektro CR510s are likely what I'd use as well. I've been looking at those, and those are what I'd move to if I went back to cantilevers. May I ask about your handlebar? I'm looking for something identical for mine -- mine doesn't have quite as much rise as I'd like. Do you know what brand it is, and size? I'm looking for something in the 620-650mm total width range, but I haven't been looking very seriously yet (too many projects).

Great looking MultiTrack. I'm partial to blue myself...
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Thanks for the compliment hokiefyd,
Those handlebars came off an 89 Trek 950 that is a current project as well. I am also building up an old Giant Iguana. The bars have no markings other than the letters MTB on them. All these bike projects started last fall to get my son on a bike this spring. I am also a recumbent bike rider. I own a Bachetta Strada, A Rans Rocket and a Haluzak Horizon. This is my 2nd hybrid build, the first is a Koga Miyata that turned out pretty nice with front and rear racks.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
I have a pair of Shimano ST-EF51 shifter/brake levers that I like, and that I have on the bike now, and they're absolutely not compatible with cantilevers, and they were okay, but not great, with the Tektro Mini-V.
There is a version of the EF51 shifters that are compatible with cantilevers. This video compares the 2 versions.


The EF500 shifters, which are similar, also has a canti and v-brake version.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
There is a version of the EF51 shifters that are compatible with cantilevers. This video compares the 2 versions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DetDJ_8EKio

The EF500 shifters, which are similar, also has a canti and v-brake version.
Very true, yes. Unfortunately, neither seem to offer the 4-finger brake lever versions in the silver color with the shiny silver brake levers. The 4-finger levers are available in the all-black versions, but I keep the silver/shiny ones on the bike due to the other chrome/anodized stuff.
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Did anybody else order any of these tires at the closeout price?
They are still available. Thinking of a second set myself.
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Very tempted. I don't quite need them. I have good life left on my shoes. Yet the price is great for a tire I've been heavily considering anyway. Hmm.
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Another set is on the way. No idea what I will do with them but I am sure they will not go to waste.
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Continental Speed Ride 42mm

Should be perfect for the rail trails up north on my hybrid, great price! Thanks for the link Budzos
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Should be perfect for the rail trails up north on my hybrid, great price! Thanks for the link Budzos
No problem. Always happy to share a good deal.
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Perfect fit on my hybrid They do run narrowl, 37.34mm @ 50psi, Velocity Dyad rims.
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They look great! They'll likely grow some. I have a few hundred miles on mine, and they've expanded out to about 38-39 psi on Bontrager AT-750 rims (17mm inside width) depending on inflation pressure. They're about 1mm wider today than they were when I first installed them.
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Perfect fit on my hybrid They do run narrowl, 37.34mm @ 50psi, Velocity Dyad rims.
Can we see the whole bike?
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Great tires. Every time I think about trying something else on the hybrid, I ride it again and remember how much I like the Conti Speed Rides.
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Of coarse you can
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Of coarse you can
I like how you upgraded what really matters. Saddle, grips, pedals, tires and brakes... How do you like those XT V's?
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