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Would you buy a hybrid with 2.5" tires?

Old 03-27-19, 08:38 AM
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OK, now the Kona Dew has 650x47c tires.
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It's not as plush as you might imagine. The frame is quite stout, so I don't think there's any appreciable vertical movement from the long chainstays. The long stays DO provide quite a stable, smooth ride, however: when you hit a speed bump on a normal bike, you get two bumps in quick succession, on this bike, it settles down for a moment between the bumps. Bumps don't seem to upset the chassis as much.

Of course, with the big tires on there, they do add a noticeable degree of plushness. Really overkill for my road and path riding, so I backed down to 48mm tires lately, which will also ease fender installation.

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Longest chainstays ever. Plush?
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You can mount normal full length fenders on a long fork like that, you just have to make a drop bolt to lower the attachment under the fork crown. I did this on my Karate Monkey , and it worked OK. Or, live with huge gaps.

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Which bike is that? It looks like it has a suspension-corrected fork which means it would be a challenge to find full-length fenders.
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Old 03-29-19, 10:52 AM
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I just watched Youtube videos on the advantages/disadvantages of plus tire sized bikes. The two factors that were mentioned were COMFORT and TRACTION. And also the fact that breaking can be improved by the larger surface area of the tires.

I just wanted to know out of curiosity though, if some people here know about the consequences of different frame geometry, what would the consequences of larger tires be? So far I can guess possibly longer chainstays and possible toe overlap.
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i recommend reading this test
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Now I read some comments about fat bikes and found out they can be vague and imprecise in their steering. So, I'm not tempted to get into fat biking anytime soon.

However, I just saw a video on Youtube that practically blew me away.

It's a comparison between 2.00" tires against 2.35" tires. The larger tires came out ahead. Since Schwalbe makes a semi-slick Super Moto-X in 2.4" I feel like buying a bike with 2.8" tires just to try the smooth-rolling 2.4" tires. It actually seems like an awesome idea now, not just a cool idea.

EDIT: OK, I just saw a video comparing 27.5" Plus bike to a 29er and the 27.5" Plus bike came out on top. So, I'm really impressed now by the idea of a 2.4" or 2.5" 650b hybrid.

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Old 03-30-19, 08:49 AM
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Now I read some comments about fat bikes and found out they can be vague and imprecise in their steering. So, I'm not tempted to get into fat biking anytime soon.

However, I just saw a video on Youtube that practically blew me away.


It's a comparison between 2.00" tires against 2.35" tires. The larger tires came out ahead. Since Schwalbe makes a semi-slick Super Moto-X in 2.4" I feel like buying a bike with 2.8" tires just to try the smooth-rolling 2.4" tires. It actually seems like an awesome idea now, not just a cool idea.
My fatbike steers precise... you must have heard from people with cheap tires. Cheap front tires self-steer at low pressure. With good tires this isn't a problem.
the problem with fat tires is they are large and the market is small. So many manufacturers don't spend much $ on research and good rubber etc. Good tires cost $120, cheap ones $40, you get what you pay for.
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Old 04-03-19, 10:52 AM
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Interesting video here: someone took a Raleigh Redux 1 and installed Schwalbe Super Moto X 2.4" tires...
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Old 04-03-19, 12:18 PM
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I just bought some 27.5" wheels for my Roam...should be here in about a week. Now I need to decide on the tires. I might like to run the 2.4" Super Motos if I can. We'll see...they look nice on that Redux.
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Old 04-04-19, 11:55 AM
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Someone here saying a 27.5+ rear and 29+ front wheel is a good combination: https://www.shimano-steps.com/e-bike...th-jeff-steber
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Old 04-06-19, 07:48 AM
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I just bought some 27.5" wheels for my Roam...should be here in about a week. Now I need to decide on the tires. I might like to run the 2.4" Super Motos if I can. We'll see...they look nice on that Redux.
That sounds like a cool idea. I just saw that the Norco Indie 3 has 700x45c tires. So, that means it may be converted to 650b with 2.4" tires. The circumference might be about similar although the width clearance is the only thing I'd wonder about.
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That sounds like a cool idea. I just saw that the Norco Indie 3 has 700x45c tires. So, that means it may be converted to 650b with 2.4" tires. The circumference might be about similar although the width clearance is the only thing I'd wonder about.
Pics here.
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Old 04-06-19, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
Pics here.
Nice. For those wondering, I found the Jamis Sequel has 650b x 47c tires.
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I kind of wonder why V-brakes only got one vote so far. Anyway, here's a review of the Maxxis Hookworm in 2.5":

EDIT: I understand mountain biking and "street/urban" type of biking as shown in this video are not the same type of ordinary hybrid biking people do. However, I just thought the videos I've linked in this thread still show some advantages of larger tires. So, I think it would be better still for people who want a hybrid to commute but also want to do some weekend bikepacking ect.

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Old 04-15-19, 02:34 PM
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Today, I went to Walmart and Canadian Tire and found a couple of interesting bikes. Now, department store bikes may not be the best but here's what I saw. The Colombia Rambler at Walmart is available with either 26x2.35" tires or 24x2.35" tires. However, it's singlespeed. It looks like a cross between a cruiser and a BMX bike.
The CCM Inception at Canadian Tire looks somewhat like a hybrid with rigid forks but has 27x2.35" tires. Looking at it, it looks to me like it has clearance for the 2.5" Maxxis Hookworm tires. Looking at the size of the 2.35" tires, I thought maybe 2.5" or even 2.6" tires might be needed for the large potholes in the city I live in. Though I saw some bikes with 2.8" and 3.0" tires and find them very large. I'm tempted to buy the Inception to install 630mm wide bars on it with a 30mm rise and 90mm stem. That would probably make it a really cool bike.
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Yes I would. I was actually looking at the Giant toughroad SLR which comes with 50 mm tires. But I ended up deciding on the Specialized Sirrus fitness bike with 30 MM tyres
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I'm tempted to buy the Inception to install 630mm wide bars on it with a 30mm rise and 90mm stem. That would probably make it a really cool bike.
It looks like it's on sale for 299 CAD, which is about 225 USD...which might make it a fair deal. I understand a lot of stuff usually costs more Up There. Unfortunately, there are no specs on the CT website. We don't know what the gearing is (especially the front chainring). I presume the rear is a standard 14-28 freewheel. If this is the case, you really don't have a lot of options to change the gearing if it doesn't suit you. About the most you could do is swap the freewheel for a 14-34 "Megarange" freewheel.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/c...-0711735p.html
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Originally Posted by hybridbkrdr View Post
Today, I went to Walmart and Canadian Tire and found a couple of interesting bikes. Now, department store bikes may not be the best but here's what I saw. The Colombia Rambler at Walmart is available with either 26x2.35" tires or 24x2.35" tires. However, it's singlespeed. It looks like a cross between a cruiser and a BMX bike.
The CCM Inception at Canadian Tire looks somewhat like a hybrid with rigid forks but has 27x2.35" tires. Looking at it, it looks to me like it has clearance for the 2.5" Maxxis Hookworm tires. Looking at the size of the 2.35" tires, I thought maybe 2.5" or even 2.6" tires might be needed for the large potholes in the city I live in. Though I saw some bikes with 2.8" and 3.0" tires and find them very large. I'm tempted to buy the Inception to install 630mm wide bars on it with a 30mm rise and 90mm stem. That would probably make it a really cool bike.
That CCM inception looks really heavy. Cheap wheels, cheap hubs, cheap heavy tires, cheap steel seatpost and handlebars, cheap bottom bracket, flexy crank arms, etc. Geometry-wise it slightly reminds of the Specialized Roll. Quite laid-back and rigid that is. The knobby tires on this kind of bike make me confused. By the time you're done turning it into something nicer, you will have spent what a roll would cost you in the first place. For that kind of money (300 Canadian dollars) you can find something much better on the used market or just cough up some more and get a redux or a roll.
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Old 04-18-19, 09:56 AM
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That CCM inception looks really heavy. Cheap wheels, cheap hubs, cheap heavy tires, cheap steel seatpost and handlebars, cheap bottom bracket, flexy crank arms, etc. Geometry-wise it slightly reminds of the Specialized Roll. Quite laid-back and rigid that is. The knobby tires on this kind of bike make me confused. By the time you're done turning it into something nicer, you will have spent what a roll would cost you in the first place. For that kind of money (300 Canadian dollars) you can find something much better on the used market or just cough up some more and get a redux or a roll.
First, to answer the post above yours, it does have a megarange freewheel. I believe it looks like 34T. I understand the difference between a Canadian Tire bike and my mountain bike which has Tiagra/Sora parts and my flat-bar road bike which has Deore/Alivio parts. As a matter of fact, I may regrease my winter bike which is a Canadian Tire bike (which has not seen bad weather yet) because the other day when I was on it, it practically wouldn't even coast down a hill (not very steep I mean). I've done this before because the grease they use is like this thick jello substance.

The main reason why I'd chose this to modify it is because a frame and fork like this is just rare. I mean there's sufficient clearance there even with the standard 2.35" tires. This means I'd likely be able to use 2.4" Super Moto-X tires (62mm) and SKS Bluemels 75 U fenders (which can take 65mm tires). And it still has the rear rack eyelets. The challenge might be to find cheap custom wheels for it (with 32mm inner width rims and maybe Deore hubs). But I would definitely change the bars, stem, shifter, grips, brake levers, seatpost clamp, seatpost and tires. Then I'd add fenders, bell and bottle cage.

I just recalculated my budget for the next couple of months though. And it looks like I can't do it. I might be able to do one order for parts but then they'd stay in boxes for months while I'm waiting for the money to get the bike. So, whatever I guess...
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