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Old 11-01-17, 04:31 PM
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26 x 1.50 tires on my Diamond Back ?

I am restoring an old Diamond Back Ascent bike. It has Araya aluminum rims, 26 x 1.75 stamped on the rims.
Can I go to 26 x 1.50 tires ? I want to use it for commuting and would like to have an easier rolling tire than the
26 x 1.75 tires with aggressive mud treads that are on there now.
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You shouldn't have any issues. I've used 1.5's on mountain bike wheels for years.
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Originally Posted by frogman View Post
I am restoring an old Diamond Back Ascent bike. It has Araya aluminum rims, 26 x 1.75 stamped on the rims.
Can I go to 26 x 1.50 tires ? I want to use it for commuting and would like to have an easier rolling tire than the
26 x 1.75 tires with aggressive mud treads that are on there now.
Bob
Absolutely! Consider these, too:



They roll really nicely and have a little extra cush than equivalent 1.5" tires.
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The Nashbar Streetwise tire is nice for commuting, and dirt cheap for how decent it is.
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Originally Posted by frogman View Post
Can I go to 26 x 1.50 tires ? I want to use it for commuting and would like to have an easier rolling tire than the
26 x 1.75 tires with aggressive mud treads that are on there now.
Bob
You can find tires 1.75" or even 2" with more road profile that will roll easily as well.
what currently doesn't roll easily is the MTB profile, not the width.

you will need to pump up the 1.5" more and ride will be harsher.
https://janheine.wordpress.com/2010/...-and-pressure/

I'm not sure if you are aware, there also is a difference between decimal and fractional inches. 1.5" does NOT equal 1-1/2". so keep that in mind regardless of what you buy.
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I put on Schwalbe Marathons 26 X 1.5" that can handle 110 PSI and rolling resistance is practically nil
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Old 11-24-17, 10:42 PM
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I am going to be adding similar tires to my 950 and trying to decide between the following:

Vittoria Randonneur Pro II (26x1.5)
or
Vittoria Revolution G+ City Tire (26x2.0)

Anyone have experience with either of these?
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Ive had no problems using 1.5 tires on 26” mtb rims. Nashbar Streetwise are great, but they’re a little scary in snow and slush, so I recently upgraded to Conti Road Tours 1.75 with more tread and rolling center strip. But the Contis are like truck tires and weigh twice as much as the Streetwise. Like carrying two extra seat posts! I was weighing my other 26” tires when I rediscovered a set of Kenda Kross 1.9s which weighed in somewhere in between but even fatter. It has the rolling center strip too plus gnarly teeth on the sides for slush and mud. I think they roll better than slicks.

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