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Old 04-24-08, 08:26 AM
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Is it acceptable to put hybrid tires on an MB?

Is it acceptable to put hybrid tires on an MB for the purposes of riding around town on paved bike paths or is this a big no-no?
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Old 04-24-08, 08:28 AM
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Yup, so long as they fit. I've got a set of slicks that my wife uses to ride her bike on the road. It's no road bike with the slicks but it's a lot better than knobbies.
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I put road wheels on my hardtail. Nice and fast.
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So what's the main drawback of doing this as opposed to buying a "true hybrid?"
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there is none. except that you will have to keep swapping tires from knobbies to slicks. unless you get 2 wheelsets, which is a choice setup.
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Old 04-24-08, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DocB View Post
So what's the main drawback of doing this as opposed to buying a "true hybrid?"
It depends on the hybrid, some have different geometries or ergonomics than mountain bikes. Hybrids aren't just mountain bikes with different tires, they're different bikes. I frankly am not a fan as I find they do neither on road nor off road as well as more specialized bikes.
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Old 04-24-08, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris_F View Post
It depends on the hybrid, some have different geometries or ergonomics than mountain bikes. Hybrids aren't just mountain bikes with different tires, they're different bikes. I frankly am not a fan as I find they do neither on road nor off road as well as more specialized bikes.
I agree completely. I find hybrid bikes to be a terrible compromise. I'm sure there must be some nice hybrids out there but the ones I've seen up close are heavy and not nimble at all.

For a while I had slicks that I use to switch out on my hardtail wheelset for commuting as the knobbies were terribly slow on the pavement.
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You'll pedal a bit more with a mountain bike as wheels and the chain rings are slightly smaller. A mountain bike will usually weigh a bit more as it will have a larger and stronger tubing in the frame plus the forks will be bigger and stronger. If the forks don't have a lockout function you can loose some efficiency when pedaling hard or going up a hill as the forks can bob up and down taking some power from the pedal stoke.
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Originally Posted by DocB View Post
So what's the main drawback of doing this as opposed to buying a "true hybrid?"
You could die. Or maybe you'll just want to after changing tires for the four millionth time. Get a second cheaper wheelset for the street tires. It'll make your life easier.
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Originally Posted by C Law View Post
there is none. except that you will have to keep swapping tires from knobbies to slicks. unless you get 2 wheelsets, which is a choice setup.
Aw yeah, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout! One set for the rough stuff and one for the smoooooovenezz.
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Just to be clear, most mountain bikes have 26" rims and most hybrids have 700c rims so strictly speaking, you can't "put hybrid tires on a mountain bike". However, you can put thinner, slicker 26" tires on a mountain bike.

I just did, and I'm happy.

The other issue is whether your mountain bike has suspension. On the road, many of us prefer bikes without suspension, as it adds an annoying bounce that serves no purpose and slows you down.

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I'm thinking that 'hybrid tires' means a semi-slick or an inverted tread, as opposed to a 700c knobbie. Do it! I had slicks for my last mountain bike because it was mostly for commuting. Slicks rolled a little smoother and quieter, but they weren't any faster. Maybe the fact that they were 26x2.0 had something to do with that, though...
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Old 04-24-08, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by C Law View Post
there is none. except that you will have to keep swapping tires from knobbies to slicks. unless you get 2 wheelsets, which is a choice setup.
I think the REAL choice setup is a road bike for the road and a mountain bike for the trail.
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Old 04-24-08, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris_F View Post
I think the REAL choice setup is a road bike for the road and a mountain bike for the trail.
I agree, the same lesson I learned first hand. The only thing I found that a hybrid did well was commute.
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Old 04-24-08, 12:51 PM
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i can see why couriers like slicks in cities 'cos of the comfort & agility of a MTB frame bombing through traffic. i however decided long ago to avoid them for these reasons:

i'm tired of having to choose between this & that tyre, i quite like continental vertical 2.3's (on a HT!), they can be punishing on road in a head wind but it makes my appreciation of them when i off road even greater. also they're cheap so i don't care that they wear out (as i also use them to commute).

i always hit some road getting to where i wanna go but they feel much better when on the dirt. plus i like the exercise
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