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Old 06-21-10, 05:09 PM
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What size tires can I fit?

I'm putting together my $40 2006 (I think) gary fisher marlin, and am curious about using larger (2.3-2.5) tires on it. Thoughts?

I've found some potentially decent deals on used wheelsets locally, and am planning on replacing my dead bottom bracket with a UN54. Then I just need a chain and a rear brake, and I should be ready to roll. Hoping to have under $200 into this whole thing.
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Old 06-22-10, 12:15 AM
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A tape measure/ruler should give you an idea.
Measure the distance across your fork and across the frame at the seat stays/chain stays where the tire will be.
Will a 2.5" tire fit, if it does how much clearance will it have?
Would a small buckle in a wheel cause a 2.5" tire to rub on the frame?
Here's a photo I've recently seen that shows what will happen if the tire is too big for the frame.
You'll probably be able to fit a wider tire on the front than what will fit on the back and people often do this.
The reasoning behind putting a wider tire on the front: The front tire has a tendency to have less traction because more weight is distributed on the rear tire. A rear tire losing traction is easier to recover from and control then a front, making it important to try and increase the traction ability in the front. A fwider front tire will offer a better cornering platform.

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Old 06-22-10, 06:50 PM
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Big Apples will fit. If you want to dare, get a 29er fork and put on a 700C wheel up front and you get a 69er!
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