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Old 07-15-11, 03:41 PM
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20" non bmx style tires

I just picked up a 20" GT scamp for my 9-year-old daughter. Very good deal I think at 179 at performance for a 2011. She is enjoying it last couple of days after just (finally) learning to ride on a 16" last year.

She is petite so this is the right size for her and I have anther daughter four years younger so I figure about two years each and then Craig list isn't too bad for the $180 before going to 24".

The only thing is this bike has 2.4" 40psi heavily knobbed tires. looks like a lot of rolling resistance. performance has 20" 1.75s for $13, but those are also very heavily knobbed. We live in the city and most of our riding will be on road and very hard pack and/or paved trails.

Any recommendations for a more hybrid type tire 1.5 to 1.75 that is:
  • <$20
  • not heavily nobbed
  • more like 60 psi max

I see there is a Kenda 20X1.75 Kontact Black K841 which is 65psi max online for $10/per. does that seem like a good choice?

Thanks in advance!

By the way if anyone is looking for 20", After researching, looking at ria (where the same bike is $100 more) and a couple of other local bike shops, performance having this on sale new for 179 is an excellent price/quality mix. The only thing I didn't want was the heavy tires which all these size bikes have, and the front shock which 90% of them have. Also as advice for parents, 24" are rare on craigslist and good non walmart 20 are very very rare so if you want to get one used, plan well ahead as they don't come up often at all.

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Old 07-15-11, 11:36 PM
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The Kontact is good, for the price. I've got a set of red ones, on my old BMX racer I repurposed for use around town. It's easier to pedal than my knobby tired bike on the road, despite having taller gearing.

The Kontact is one of the more aggressively treaded BMX freestyle tires I've seen. They're good for around here, where there's the occasional bit of fine gravel to deal with. There are freestyle tires with much smoother treads, but most of them cost more than the Kontacts. Dan's Comp has a large selection of BMX street tires.
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There are two 20" tire varieties. The difference can be seen by their ISO size (406 or 451). Just make sure you get the right size.
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