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Old 07-04-11, 12:47 PM   #1
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First Post: Tire Help

Hello everyone....yes my first post

Anyways...I hope this is the correct location for this. So I have a MTB with 26" wheels and I am looking to replace my tires soon. I need suggestions on tires for strictly pavement. I never use my bicycle off of pavement. I was doing a Critical Mass Ride a couple weeks ago and we were on a area where we were going down hill and we probably hit 30 MPH. My original tires are less then a year old and plenty of tread on them....the problem is they are not suited for this speed. They are nobby MTB tires and the bike was very crazy feeling and dangerous feeling at that speed. I use my bike on roads and commuting so I am looking for something that only does that and nothing else. No dirt unless its on pavement. So I am looking for a narrower tire such as what goes on a hybrid and not so thick as a MTB tire that is safe at 30 or higher speeds. But realisticly I hardly ever get that high when I do ride...its just my tires I have now do not feel safe at that speed
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Old 07-04-11, 01:01 PM   #2
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Agreed that you want narrower slick or semi-slick tires for pavement, but what you describe sounds as if there is something wrong somewhere. Knobby tires will, if anything, make the bike feel sluggish, but not "very crazy feeling and dangerous feeling". You should check the entire bike (wheel hubs, headset, bottom bracket, frame for cracks, etc.) and verify that everything is tight and in good mechanical order.

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Visit your LBS or check out 'slicks' online (i.e.,, etc).

Yeah, MTB tires are a chore to ride on pavement for long periods.

Your LBS might be able to determine the narrowest tire you can get for your rims.

My MTB is not as stable at high speeds as my road bike, but I would still check your bike to be sure nothing else is off.
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