Any thoughts on this combo?
Tire: Schwalbe Marathon
Rim: WTB i23 650b
It'll be on the front of 26r/27.5f rigid Franken-bike (don't ask - maybe I'll post separately when it's done).
It'll see a lot of paved use, including a bunch of road miles with the local road cycling club - trying to keep up with the C group). I'll also see some bumpy paved path riding, plus a bit of dirt/gravel road and minimal mellow singletrack use.
It's a bit wider rim (23mm internal width) than would typically be used with a 42mm tire, will I have any issues with seating, or having it roll off the rim? I've no plans to try to run tubeless with the combo.
I know that there are other 650b rim options out there, but I'm leaning towards getting the WTB rim due to it's basic beefiness (strength) while still being fairly light weight, it's modest cost and having the option to go tubeless (with a nice fat footprint) with a different, knobbier tire for legit off-road use in the future.
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