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Old 02-24-10, 12:30 PM
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Wheel/Tire Swap

I am looking to get an entry level MTB and wondering if I can use it for commuting 7.5 miles. For a while to see if I like it.

Would it be possible to have an extra set of wheels/tires that I can swap out? Are the back wheels easy to take off? My thoughts are keeping a set for commuting and a set for offroad.

If I think I will continue, I may buy an actual commuter bike later, but would like to use the first bike for both purposes to start.
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Old 02-24-10, 01:32 PM
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for only a 7.5 mile ride i would'nt bother swapping wheels/tires i would just ride with the knobby tires. there are also a lot of mtb tires on the market that have really low rolling resistance but still have enough tread for off-road use.

you could run another wheelset with commuter tires but that can be kinda pricey. you'll need another wheelset, tubes, tires, rimtape, cassette, and brake rotors if you have disc brakes. so once you factor in the cost you might be better off just to buy a cheap bike for commuting. check craiglist, it's usually easy to find cheap road bikes.

as long as your bike has standard quick release axles then taking your wheels off is a cinch.
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Old 02-24-10, 01:56 PM
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Agreed with 24/7 plus most entry level Mt bikes comes with less aggressive tires so you should be ok.
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Old 02-24-10, 02:11 PM
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Okay, thanks!
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Old 02-24-10, 02:25 PM
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If you later decide to do more hardcore offroading as well as commute, it's perfectly logical to have two wheelsets as you mentioned. I plan on doing exactly that when I move closer to work (My commute is currently 21 miles each way, so I do that by car 3 times and road bike 2 times each week). I will soon have a 9 mile commute to do every day, and don't want to ruin my expensive knobby tires, so I got a second set of wheels (with similar rim widths do I don't have to mess with the v-brakes often) to put cheap slicks on. Even though it sounds like a short distance, it adds up if you do it every day.
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I swapped wheels on my MTB this morning for my commute in.

1 minute, including adjusting the speedometer's wheel diameter input.
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Old 02-26-10, 10:30 AM
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Here's a related question for those who are more experienced: Would it be a worthwhile compromise to only buy and swap out a spare front wheel/tire and not mess with the back? It'd be less expensive, but you'd still get somewhat better grip on pavement and less rolling resistance. Plus the front knobby would wear a lot less, assuming you don't mind changing your mountain bike tires one at a time instead of in pairs.
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Old 02-26-10, 01:17 PM
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I'd say no. The rear wheel is typically where most rolling resistance comes from, and having a more aggressive tire on the back than the front is not generally conductive to good handling (unless your ride includes extensive use of wheelies).
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