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    Staggered tires on kids 24" bike?

    I posted this in the family section, but maybe can get more traction here in the tire forum....would you have a recommendation on how to setup my son's Hotrock 24 XC Disc? I believe I have these tires available that I can purchase relatively cheap and quick:

    Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport 24x1.8 (I believe I can still get these)
    Specialized Roller Tire 24x2.1
    Specialized Renegade Sport 24x2.1
    Schwalbe Black Jack 24x1.9
    Schwalbe Black Jack 24x2.1

    We bike mostly in Arizona, so it's dry and rocky. We'll occasionally go on a trip and bike where there are pine trees and roots. The tires were pretty worn on his bike when I bought it used, so it's pretty much due for replacement. The stock tires were the Fast Trak 24x1.8.

    Was thinking doing the Schwalbe Black Jack 24x2.1 on the front but wasn't sure if I should run the same size and type on the rear or go with the smaller width, and if so, which one.

    Thanks for any advice!
    '18 Trek Marlin 5
    '17 Spec Jynx 650B
    '14 Fuji Ace 650
    '14 Fuji Ace 24
    '13 Spec Hotrock 24 XC Disc
    '11 Spec Epic Comp 26

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    Id recommend anything by Schwalbe, and the bigger the better to inspire confidence with young riders. Sounds like youve already made a good choice.


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    Stop thinking like a weight weenie and think like your kid needs confidence. Fit the biggest tyres you can. Vee Crown Gem 2.2 came on my son's 24" bike and look good. Intermediate knobs are also important for a beginner.

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    I want the widest, but have read that, at least on adult bikes, the rears are usually setup thinner due to the fact that the rear tire already has weight on it. The wider front would cause the rear not to slip out before the front does.....

    That's why I was contemplating wider up front, but also a more aggressive tread pattern up front and less wide/lower resistance in the rear.
    Last edited by gsrblack; 3 Weeks Ago at 09:21 PM.
    '18 Trek Marlin 5
    '17 Spec Jynx 650B
    '14 Fuji Ace 650
    '14 Fuji Ace 24
    '13 Spec Hotrock 24 XC Disc
    '11 Spec Epic Comp 26

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    Narrower rear is often a frame space issue. Tread design will affect rolling more so than a slight width increase. That said, kids weigh so little that I've found they hardly notice rolling resistance, they do however notice overal weight and lack of grip. Just avoid heavy dual ply wire bead tyres and go for grip.

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    Would there be a good chance that 24x2.35 tires may not fit? My son's bike is the smaller of the two sizes for the Hotrock 24 XC....
    '18 Trek Marlin 5
    '17 Spec Jynx 650B
    '14 Fuji Ace 650
    '14 Fuji Ace 24
    '13 Spec Hotrock 24 XC Disc
    '11 Spec Epic Comp 26

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    Get the calipers out and check.

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