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    Swapping 26x2.1” tires with 26x1.35”

    I have a Cannondale F500 running on 26x2.1” mountain tires with deep thread. I’d like to replace these tires with slimmer, less threaded tires. I’ve found a pair of Scwalbe CX measuring 26x1.35”. Would my current rims accept this shorter width or do I need to replace the rims too?

    Thanks for your help and for allowing me to post in this forum
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    Honestly, nobody ever thought about that much back in the heat of 26" days. When plus bikes and fat bikes became mainstream, people started obsessing about rim width vs tire width..."for the most part".

    That said... I'm running Flow EX rims and I really do feel they are a bit too wide for something that narrow.

    I don't think your f series rims are nearly that wide, so i'd say give it a shot and if it doesn't work out, change the rims. I think 1.5-1.8 would be no problem though.

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    Thank you for sharing your insight. I’ll go ahead and try on the 26x1.35” and see how they sit on these rims.

    I had 26x1.75” on these same rims before and they worked fine. But these 1.35” tires are significantly slimmer so I’m not sure.

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    I'm a commuter so don't understand the bigger wider obsession. I like my 26x 1.5/ 1.75" tires under $20.



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    Yes, it will work without any problems.
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    I ran some 26 x 1.0 slicks on my regular rims back in the days I rode rollers in the off season. No problems.

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    I'd measure the outer width of your rim and if it's less than the width of the tire, I say go for it!

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    Thanks everyone for the input - I started the swapping job but after removing the 2.1" tires I realized the tubes are too fat for these 1.35" tires, they'll only accept a minimum width of 1.75".

    I'll stop by the local bike shop and get thinner tubes

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    If you find 650c tubes that similar to 26x1.00 tubes but most likely to be presta valve. Narrow 26" tubes with schraeder valves hard to find so need to specify them.

    At least cheaper than buying new narrower rims but if you use the same rims I would ride around to test your confidence with the narrower tires before going down on a screaming descent??

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    I used to run 1.25 - 1.6 slicks on an early 90's KHS (that I still own) that came with 2.1 tires. Worked fine except I learned real quick to keep the inside pedal up when cornering. Lower bottom bracket height allowed the crank arms to bottom out easier and sent me sideways a couple of times (luckily I never crashed).
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    I had 1.5s on my commuter a few years ago and hated how it handled... tiny little twitchy wheels. Switched to 1.75 semi slicks and it was much better.

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