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Old 07-16-13, 03:46 PM
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A few newb'ish questions

I'm getting dragged back into mountain biking by some friends, and have a few questions about setup. It will be local XC stuff. Nothing too crazy. Lots of roots, a few very small drops, some made-made obstacles etc.

First off, I'll be riding a voodoo bizango that is my go-to commuter. It is set up with a rigid fork (origin 8 carbon). I will not be buying a suspension fork any time soon.

So, I was thinking about mounting a big tire on the front (2.5") and a 2.25" on the rear, running as low pressure in the front tire as I can.

1. Is there anything fundamentally wrong with this setup?
2. How low of pressure can you get away with with clincher tires?
3. Any recommendations for tires? jenson has Intense brand tires cheap. Anything wrong with them?

My friends think I'm dumb for wanting to ride with an all rigid setup. I've ridden the trails on some of their bikes, and I think they're just *******. But what do I know, I do 90% of my riding on roads.
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Old 07-16-13, 08:57 PM
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You can try it. If it doesn't work, it's not the tires that are the issue, it's the bike. I would not dream of riding rigid, my hands, wrists and elbows wouldn't last a mile. But I know some people who do it.

I have some doubt you can get a 2.5" on the front, or even a high-volume 2.35 - 2.4". I would make sure to match the tires or use a combination that could reasonably expected to work, such as two similar models from the same brand. (Example: Specialized Ground Control front, Fast Trak rear.)

Pressure depends on your body weight and if you're tubeless or not. With a 2.35 on a rigid bike if you were 180 pounds with tubes, you could probably run as low as 25 psi in the front with a tube. I would suggest starting at more like 30 and experimenting from there.
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And I know nothing of Intense tires but that probably means they are cheap junk. If they were worth riding, I'd probably be familiar with them.
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Old 07-17-13, 12:38 AM
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Rigids have been around longer than suspension bike so yeah you will be fine. Tired and beat up more maybe but fine. Go tubeless getto tubeless will work so you can run lower pressures. I road with a lady on a rigid 29er a month ago and if she can do it I'm sure you can.
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