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    Largest tires fitted on a LHT?

    So I saw this post on the Surly blog the other day and the picture of his bike got me thinking. A long haul trucker with knobbies would be a fun ride. Just was wondering if anyone else has done this and how big of a knobby tire you have fitted on it. I'm on the taller side, so I'd be riding one of the models with 700c size wheels.

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    I think 45mm. without fenders is the limit.......

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    A 2.1 nanoraptor barely cleared the fork on my 2008 LHT. Rubbed the stays in the back. I did successfully put Panaracer Firecross 45c on with no issues. I found the low bottom bracket made riding off road a bit weird, but it worked ok.


    IMG_0647.JPG by S.Fuller, on Flickr


    IMG_0646.JPG by S.Fuller, on Flickr

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    I've done 40mm with fenders on the complete build 700c bike (stock rims). They were Schwalbe Marathon Extremes.
    Transition Bandit 29
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    Surly Necro Pugs w/ Lefty PBR
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    If you look at the pictures in the link I included in my original post that LHTis running schwalbe racing Ralph's.

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    Yes it is, 26" 2.1" Racing Ralph's, not 29er.

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    I'll chime in. I like to run Bontrager Jones XR 1.8" x 29er tires on my 700c LHT from time to time. It is fun - on the right trails. Awesome on fire roads. The low BB can be a problem if the trail is rough or uneven. But overall, I highly recommend it.

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    Copied from the Surly website:

    Max. Tire Size
    700c: 45mm without mudguards; 42mm with mudguards
    26": 2.1" with or without mudguards

    I like those 26" wheeled Truckers.

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    A buddy of mine has a 700c Trucker with the 700x50c Marathon Supremes. They fit with a few mm of clearance.

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    I am currently running the Clement MSO tires (700c x 40) on my Disc Trucker with a rear SKS guard. Plenty of fork/stays clearance...almost no clearance with the guards.

    I've done some light trail riding around DC, and am hoping to find something a bit wider (45s, perhaps) for the rougher stuff.

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    Listen!

    Quote Originally Posted by bike hippy View Post
    A buddy of mine has a 700c Trucker with the 700x50c Marathon Supremes. They fit with a few mm of clearance.
    Schwable tires run smaller than labeled. Have your buddy check the width with calipers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilsko View Post
    I am currently running the Clement MSO tires (700c x 40) on my Disc Trucker with a rear SKS guard. Plenty of fork/stays clearance...almost no clearance with the guards.

    I've done some light trail riding around DC, and am hoping to find something a bit wider (45s, perhaps) for the rougher stuff.
    Not to hijack the thread, but how do you like those MSO's on pavement? I just got a pair of X'plor USHs. I thought the MSO tread looked a little too aggressive for mostly on-road, but I preferred the bigger volume of the MSO. I wish the USH came in 40mm like the MSO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Not to hijack the thread, but how do you like those MSO's on pavement? I just got a pair of X'plor USHs. I thought the MSO tread looked a little too aggressive for mostly on-road, but I preferred the bigger volume of the MSO. I wish the USH came in 40mm like the MSO.
    I love the MSOs all around. The lower profile tread in the middle holds speed on the pavement really well. I rode them on a century last weekend and didn't have much trouble riding with the 23 and 25 slicks next to me.

    I had also been keen to pick up the USH, but wanted the extra width for some basic trail riding too. I'm also curious how the LAS series rides.

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    Anyone know if a 29x1.9 Kenda Small Block Eight will work on a 56cm 700c LHT?

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