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    Anyone run street tires on their 29er for road?

    I don't want to buy a road bike, but was thinking about buying an extra pair of disc wheels instead and running street tires or slicks on them. Then just switching them out.This would be for riding to work or riding with the wife etc when not off road.

    Anyone try this?

    I imagine hub spacing is critical for both sets of wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tostudent
    I don't want to buy a road bike, but was thinking about buying an extra pair of disc wheels instead and running street tires or slicks on them. Then just switching them out.This would be for riding to work or riding with the wife etc when not off road.

    Anyone try this?

    I imagine hub spacing is critical for both sets of wheels?
    Go for it. I swap wheels regularly
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    Quote Originally Posted by tostudent
    I imagine hub spacing is critical for both sets of wheels?
    To be on the safe side, you should use hubs and rotors of the same type. I used to do this with my 26" CAAD4 mtb and it worked beautifully. Yes, you don't need a 29er to do this. 700c rims and 23mm road tires fit in most (I think all) 26" mtb frames. The only thing you obviously need is a disc brake.

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    Yep. I do it all the time. Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are great, as are the Big Apples. We've got both at our house.

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    MAVIC SpeedCity wheelset is awesome.

    another "blended" option would be to possibly use a tyre that can do both?

    i.e. WTB Vulpine, NanoRaptor, etc..

    if you can discover a tire you like that would suite dual duties... thats a whole lot cheaper than 2 wheelsets, cogs, rotors, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujodo
    Yep. I do it all the time. Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are great, as are the Big Apples. We've got both at our house.
    Same here



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    My rigid bike has 28c bomb-proof kevlar belted slicks on it more often than knobbies.

    It makes for an awesome Crappy Roads/Winter Road Bike. Then easily converts to a painfully knobby-shod dirt rig in the summer.

    I think the only caveat is that the tire width should equal or exceed your inner rim width, to be extra safe.
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    I do this too, I find riding on road MUCH more fun than my road bike (I gave my road bike away because of it).

    Most of the speed of a road bike, but you can have more fun, you have nimble steering, you can hop curbs, huck stairs and have hydraulic brakes for when a car gets in front of you.
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    +1 of Schwalbe big apples
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    my favorite tyres are Vulpines
    typically about 3,000 miles out of a set
    I used them on my attempt at the Tour Divide
    rode them Eureka to Morro Bay
    California Triple Crown 2009
    I just put on a new set today... maybe that is my 5th or 6th set
    typically around $40ea
    under 600gm
    I've used them with stans, cafe latex and of course tubes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    my favorite tyres are Vulpines
    typically about 3,000 miles out of a set
    I used them on my attempt at the Tour Divide
    rode them Eureka to Morro Bay
    California Triple Crown 2009
    I just put on a new set today... maybe that is my 5th or 6th set
    typically around $40ea
    under 600gm
    I've used them with stans, cafe latex and of course tubes too.
    Nice! The Tour Divide looks nightmarish. I just watched a documentary on it. Pretty cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandSpeed
    Nice! The Tour Divide looks nightmarish. I just watched a documentary on it. Pretty cool
    the TD is what you make it...
    for me, its awesome. I couldn't think of anything better.

    back to being on topic...
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    My mom wanted a flat bar road bike for Christmas. This is what we got her, before the steerer got trimmed
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    another "blended" option would be to possibly use a tyre that can do both?

    i.e. WTB Vulpine, NanoRaptor, etc..

    Running WTB Nanos rather than slicks on an extra set of wheels for my Dawes 29 single speed for commuting and hitting the local trails on my way home. The other set of wheels have tires more suited to off roading.
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    Street style all the time


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    I just mounted some Continental Contact 37c tires today. Rode them on my cross bike for a while. one of the many benefits to the 29er

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    WTB Vulpine 29x2.1 rear and Kenda Small Block 8 29x2.1 rear.

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    Here's what I built someone else on this forum called it a road rat, I like it.
    It has a JBC 26er 1030gram carbon frame.
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    23mm ultremo tyres.
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    And lots of other carbon parts for a totalbike weight of 8kg or 17.5 pounds.
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    Sorry to hijack

    Hello all,

    I have a question related to the OP's. I've got a Karate Monkey that i wanna run two wheelsets on, like the OP. I want to run Big Apples as my slicks for commuting.

    The question is do I go with the 2.0" or 2.35" Big Apples? Any thoughts?

    As a side note, I have a crosscheck that I have been commuting on, running 40mm tires but I want to run the Monkey with fat tires so I don't have to worry about the potholes or curbs.

    Thanks and sorry to hijack,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbchybridrider
    Here's what I built someone else on this forum called it a road rat, I like it.
    23mm ultremo tyres.
    nice bike

    bad new on your Schwalbe Ultremo R tires - there's been a recall

    http://smtp.schwalbetires.com/ultremo_warning_home

    ...but you'll get fresh replacement tires for yours in exchange

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    Quote Originally Posted by culturesponge
    nice bike

    bad new on your Schwalbe Ultremo R tires - there's been a recall

    http://smtp.schwalbetires.com/ultremo_warning_home

    ...but you'll get fresh replacement tires for yours in exchange
    Thanks for the concern dude but that was a while ago, mine are ok and have proven reliable even on dirt pathways.
    Done about 6-700km with em with no trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbchybridrider
    Thanks for the concern dude but that was a while ago, mine are ok and have proven reliable even on dirt pathways.
    Done about 6-700km with em with no trouble.

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    Iam rocking a set of road wheels on my 29er epic for my road riding and loving it baby!!! Iam rockin some 23cc tires.
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    why the hell do people talk about road bikes and/or commuters? this forum is ghey enough when talking about mountain biking, let alone mangina creations made for road use

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    why the hell do people talk about road bikes and/or commuters? this forum is ghey enough when talking about mountain biking, let alone mangina creations made for road use


    Well it is marginally better than watching the Oprah network, how's the new commuter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    why the hell do people talk about road bikes and/or commuters? this forum is ghey enough when talking about mountain biking, let alone mangina creations made for road use
    for the last time, quit PMing me for those richard simmons tapes

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    I hadn't thought about putting road tires on my 29er, but after reading this thread, I just finished putting on a set of 25c tires on. SWEET!! That's gonna be my ride for the Urban Assalt Race this weekend!!!

    And lucky me, I had actually ordered a lighter wheelset this morning so that'll be my offroad wheels.

    Thanks for the ideas!!!
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    <iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/72943202'></iframe>

    this is from today's ride... it all pavement
    over 60 miles on Vulpines under 4hrs, with a fair amount of casual pedaling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    <iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/72943202'></iframe>

    this is from today's ride... it all pavement
    over 60 miles on Vulpines under 4hrs, with a fair amount of casual pedaling.
    Nice. Is it a paved trail or a regular road?

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    Street crushing machine.

    Big Apple 2.35. A bit slow to start, but just roll and roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickK
    Nice. Is it a paved trail or a regular road?
    a variety of roads, bike paths, ag roads, variable surfaces, rough, etc...

    this is a typical week


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    Yeah I do this a lot too, on my Paragon, using Mavic SpeedCity wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo

    this is from today's ride... it all pavement
    over 60 miles on Vulpines under 4hrs, with a fair amount of casual pedaling.
    very cool, but now these freaks know where you live?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    very cool
    thanks

    the point that I'm trying to make here
    is that you may not need to use "road tyres" in order to effectively ride the road.

    as a matter of fact...
    the reality, very well could be, that road tyres actually suck.

    ???

    honestly
    there are plenty of times when the road is rough, lots of uneven surfaces, wet, maybe even muddy... and god forbid... any decent descent.

    where a tyre like WTB Vulpine, is actually a pretty damn good tyre.
    especially in the 29er version

    here is another example
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    this is the Saturday Morning Ride thru Pebble Beach, Ca.
    its a roadie ride...
    when we arrived at The Lodge, the average was over 18mph

    the descent I didn't push too much that day, at 43mph
    with 29x2.1" tyres and 48x11t top end, thats about 128 gear inches, thats worth about 50mph before my spin gets funky. 43-47mph the spin is pretty good, and I'm still able to put decent torque to the pedals. 35mph? forget it... thats easy... just stand and mash the gear. 128 gear inch is fairly tall.

    interestingly enough:
    when you compare a Vulpine at around 600gm
    vs
    tyres such as a set of Conti Top Contact in 47c.... the vulpine is lighter.
    however, you'd think the Vulpine at 50c vs the Conti at 47c, would be slower in that the width would hold you back. Strangely enough, that is not the case.

    another example are a set of Schwlabe Fat Franks 29x2.0" they come in close to 900gms.
    they are heavy, and much more difficult to get up to speed.

    another example are Schwalbe Marathon Cross in 37c
    I used this tyre set from Portland to Ventura
    and when en route, arriving in Arcata, Ca. I raced 12 hours of Humboldt on them
    on a fully rigid 29er, placing 3rd, with 12 laps, about 98 miles and over 16k of climbing.

    so there is surely an interpersonal transition that has to happen to make the adjustments.
    a road tyre may not be truly necessary
    and a mtb tyre may also not be totally the case for a MTB race.

    what seems to be the biggest factor is adaptability
    this is where Vulpines rock.
    they are light and fast.
    at 50psi up front, and 60 in the back... they are fast on the pavement
    and they still transition onto gravel roads at that psi with enough confidence.
    simply drop the pressure, and they actually are a good MTB tyre.

    the tall sidewall, gives you a wide range in gear inch

    smaller tyres such as 37c's
    I'm not that hot on tyres like this
    for me, on the pavement it turns the bike into a 4 or 5spd, when I'd spin out around 34mph, so you basically end up using just the lower section of the cogset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    very cool, but now these freaks know where you live?
    true enough
    along with many other people.

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    Its always good to get ur beast mode on with trainning!!!! SelfPropelled ur the man looking forward to meeting u at Sea Otter.
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    +1 for B'Apples. Just to piss Fo off this is a SS, FS, roadie.
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    The Big Apples are nice but they are also very heavy.
    Perhaps the Marathon Supremes would be nice but I have not tried them.

    I use a set of Kenda Small Block 8s for a nice all terrain tire and they roll surprisingly well at 70 psi.

    I currently do 70% road and 30% trail and have been debating building up another set of wheels with some smoothies for commuter duty but after using the small blocks I see no need to do so.


    I have even stepped down to 40psi on the front and 50psi on the rear to make things a little smoother and they still roll really well.


    A smoothie could be better but I like these because they give you some options as far as terrain goes.
    Of course they are not street tires so maybe none of this matters but I just thought I would throw out another option.

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    I ran some Vittoria 700x42c for the Mt Diablo Challenge on my old Sultan, worked great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RipRoar
    I ran some Vittoria 700x42c for the Mt Diablo Challenge on my old Sultan, worked great!
    sorry but that Turner looks absolutely ridiculous...you honestly did not get custom decals? And have you tried drop bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    sorry but that Turner looks absolutely ridiculous...you honestly did not get custom decals? And have you tried drop bars?
    Oh ya , fully custom, thats how I roll

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-RAY
    Its always good to get ur beast mode on with trainning!!!! SelfPropelled ur the man looking forward to meeting u at Sea Otter.
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    some 47cc. kinda street

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    another facet of riding a MTB on the road

    well... depending how effective you want to be...

    is to of course find a riding position that is applicable to road form

    enter the realm of inverted On-One Mary bars...
    I know... sounds hell-a-lame
    but honestly... totally doable
    its a form that works on the road and the dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    thanks

    the point that I'm trying to make here
    is that you may not need to use "road tyres" in order to effectively ride the road.

    as a matter of fact...
    the reality, very well could be, that road tyres actually suck.

    ???

    honestly
    there are plenty of times when the road is rough, lots of uneven surfaces, wet, maybe even muddy... and god forbid... any decent descent.

    where a tyre like WTB Vulpine, is actually a pretty damn good tyre.
    especially in the 29er version

    here is another example
    <iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/72674309'></iframe>
    this is the Saturday Morning Ride thru Pebble Beach, Ca.
    its a roadie ride...
    when we arrived at The Lodge, the average was over 18mph

    the descent I didn't push too much that day, at 43mph
    with 29x2.1" tyres and 48x11t top end, thats about 128 gear inches, thats worth about 50mph before my spin gets funky. 43-47mph the spin is pretty good, and I'm still able to put decent torque to the pedals. 35mph? forget it... thats easy... just stand and mash the gear. 128 gear inch is fairly tall.

    interestingly enough:
    when you compare a Vulpine at around 600gm
    vs
    tyres such as a set of Conti Top Contact in 47c.... the vulpine is lighter.
    however, you'd think the Vulpine at 50c vs the Conti at 47c, would be slower in that the width would hold you back. Strangely enough, that is not the case.

    another example are a set of Schwlabe Fat Franks 29x2.0" they come in close to 900gms.
    they are heavy, and much more difficult to get up to speed.

    another example are Schwalbe Marathon Cross in 37c
    I used this tyre set from Portland to Ventura
    and when en route, arriving in Arcata, Ca. I raced 12 hours of Humboldt on them
    on a fully rigid 29er, placing 3rd, with 12 laps, about 98 miles and over 16k of climbing.

    so there is surely an interpersonal transition that has to happen to make the adjustments.
    a road tyre may not be truly necessary
    and a mtb tyre may also not be totally the case for a MTB race.

    what seems to be the biggest factor is adaptability
    this is where Vulpines rock.
    they are light and fast.
    at 50psi up front, and 60 in the back... they are fast on the pavement
    and they still transition onto gravel roads at that psi with enough confidence.
    simply drop the pressure, and they actually are a good MTB tyre.

    the tall sidewall, gives you a wide range in gear inch

    smaller tyres such as 37c's
    I'm not that hot on tyres like this
    for me, on the pavement it turns the bike into a 4 or 5spd, when I'd spin out around 34mph, so you basically end up using just the lower section of the cogset.
    i'm guessing you'd outspin 99% of the people in this forum regardless of tire you use.
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    Sure,

    I got some 38c Kenda comfort bike tires on my Access29er right now for use on rollers and/or road spinning after work. I keep my rollers in the shop at work along with my Access29er. Sometimes right after work, I put in 30 minutes before going home. I'm trying to get 30 minutes in twice a week.

    I used to commute on my hardtail 29er. It kinda feels like driving a Hummer H1 that will never see dirt. I'd rather take my Kaffenback touring/CX bike with 30c tires on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujodo
    Yep. I do it all the time. Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are great, as are the Big Apples. We've got both at our house.
    I rock these tires also, I think they are superb. Toss Fat Frank into the mix also..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moozh
    I rock these tires also, I think they are superb. Toss Fat Frank into the mix also..

    that totally rocks... WTF
    how do you like it?
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    Big Apple 60mm. talk about effing fun to ride, the look on peoples faces as you bomb toward them is priceless. this ting is fast....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badidea
    Big Apple 60mm. talk about effing fun to ride, the look on peoples faces as you bomb toward them is priceless. this ting is fast....
    I love those tyres too. they rock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwhammer
    The Big Apples are nice but they are also very heavy.
    Perhaps the Marathon Supremes would be nice but I have not tried them.

    I use a set of Kenda Small Block 8s for a nice all terrain tire and they roll surprisingly well at 70 psi.

    I currently do 70% road and 30% trail and have been debating building up another set of wheels with some smoothies for commuter duty but after using the small blocks I see no need to do so.


    I have even stepped down to 40psi on the front and 50psi on the rear to make things a little smoother and they still roll really well.


    A smoothie could be better but I like these because they give you some options as far as terrain goes.
    Of course they are not street tires so maybe none of this matters but I just thought I would throw out another option.
    I do like your bike. Is your frame still in production? what is the weight? Small block 8 are great tires. Personally I prefer Vulpine 29 for rear.

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    The Mary is still listed on Haro's site but none of our local shops sell them so I don't know for sure.

    I will say that the bike is a porker.
    The frame weighed in at 5.65 lbs and the finished bike as you see it tipped the scales at 28.8lbs

    I bet I could make it at least a pound and a half lighter with some well chosen and much more expensive parts but it's still never going to be a lightweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    that totally rocks... WTF
    how do you like it?
    I love this bike, its not light (alfine IGH and steel) but it feels and fits perfectly. Quiet as a church mouse...i mean totally silent but that is offset by its loud paint scheme.

    I think quite a number of MTB riders do this, as I was out riding yesterday I saw large numbers of mtb on the MUP with street tires. Our local trails are still waterlogged and it still rains quite frequently.

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    I had 700c x 35 on my mtb for the road.... then I wised up and got myself a road bike for the road.... spent the money to get Shimano 105 drivetrain

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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent
    I had 700c x 35 on my mtb for the road.... then I wised up and got myself a road bike for the road.... spent the money to get Shimano 105 drivetrain
    Yeah, I'm in the process of doing that myself. The mt. bike gets you around, but you probably don't want to do a century on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    stop by the Dealer Days booth... I'll be there.
    Fosho It will be my first time at Sea Otter. What gearing are u using on the back for gearing, i know u use a 48 up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael573114
    Yeah, I'm in the process of doing that myself. The mt. bike gets you around, but you probably don't want to do a century on it.
    i wouldn't

    but there are people who do.... there is this guy at MTBNJ that does regularly on his FS bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-RAY
    Fosho It will be my first time at Sea Otter. What gearing are u using on the back for gearing, i know u use a 48 up front.
    I use a standard MTB drivetrain.
    48/32/22t x 11/32

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    OK... strange question....

    BUT.... has anyone tried running say a 700 x 47C tire in a sus fork designed for a 26 inch??

    Anyone knows if there's a chance it'll fit....??

    I have my commuter bike parts almost all ready... just missing a fork... was wondering if I could use a cheap 26 inch one.....

    Anyone??

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    My LBS has spent the past two weeks trying to find creme colored Schwalbe 29 x 2.0 Fat Franks. Does anyone know of a LBS that carries them along with a phone number or email. I dont do online. I support bike shoppes.

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    I use the fat franks as well when I am stuck on the street. I did a metric century on them and they worked great!
    i'm not joking, posting is scary

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    I used to swap wheels on my old 26er, slightly different freewheels (yes, that was back then). And I put skinnies on my HiFi when it was too wet for the trails. Now I have a Surly LHT which weighs more than the HiFi, go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceCowboy853
    My LBS has spent the past two weeks trying to find creme colored Schwalbe 29 x 2.0 Fat Franks. Does anyone know of a LBS that carries them along with a phone number or email. I dont do online. I support bike shoppes.
    looks like Schwalbe is out: http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1330
    I ordered my direct from Schwalbe North America. Its easy... just sign in.
    or... when the tyres are in stock...just ask you LBS to order them thru the link I posted.

    a couple of years ago, I asked my buddy at his family shop to order them, he called, etc... and could never get them. I brought in my laptop and showed him the link... so I ordered them. At that time... there seemed to be a discrepancy in logistics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrgentUnguent
    I used to swap wheels on my old 26er, slightly different freewheels (yes, that was back then). And I put skinnies on my HiFi when it was too wet for the trails. Now I have a Surly LHT which weighs more than the HiFi, go figure.
    LHT is a great bike and has a huge following. I've come to like just about anything surly.
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    Two years ago I had a hand-built set of wheels made for me with 36h hubs. I swapped the 32H OEM WTB wheels that came with my Jamis over to street duty with Vittoria 700cc road tires (Adventure Comforts). They are hard, harsh, but bulletproof on all the thorns we get here in my neck of the woods.

    Easy as can be to swap wheels over. I highly recommend it. Much easier than swapping tires all the time like I was doing.

    But now I'm swapping those wheels back for WTB Moto Raptors and converting the Jamis into a SS.

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    here is today's ride on the Hunter

    Time: 07:13:25
    Distance: 100.66 mi
    Elevation Gain: 6,228 ft
    Calories: 7,172 C
    Timing
    Time: 07:13:25
    Moving Time: 07:11:54
    Elapsed Time: 07:28:26
    Avg Speed: 13.9 mph
    Avg Moving Speed: 14.0 mph
    Max Speed: 41.8 mph
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    Elevation Gain: 6,228 ft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tessaiga
    OK... strange question....

    BUT.... has anyone tried running say a 700 x 47C tire in a sus fork designed for a 26 inch??

    Anyone knows if there's a chance it'll fit....??

    I have my commuter bike parts almost all ready... just missing a fork... was wondering if I could use a cheap 26 inch one.....

    Anyone??
    I don't think that would work.
    I used a SID for a 26er with SpeedCitys and 37c CX tyres.... barely fit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    here is today's ride on the Hunter

    Time: 07:13:25
    Distance: 100.66 mi
    Elevation Gain: 6,228 ft
    Calories: 7,172 C
    Timing
    Time: 07:13:25
    Moving Time: 07:11:54
    Elapsed Time: 07:28:26
    Avg Speed: 13.9 mph
    Avg Moving Speed: 14.0 mph
    Max Speed: 41.8 mph
    SpeedPace
    Elevation
    Elevation Gain: 6,228 ft

    on Vulpines


    Wow!!! Go Vulpines!!

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    This was a great thread.

    Thanks to this, I did an urban assault race on my 29er this past weekend with road tires and had a blast!!

    So much better than riding around on my all out road bike or plodding along on my squishy.

    Thanks for the idea!!!

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    what psi can the Spynergy's handle?
    and they're 23mm?

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    I was doing the old swappin' thing between a set of knobbies and a set of Big Apples. 100% honest... what I found was that a good set of 2.0 low-knobbies were a better option. I found that the Big Apples had a lot of sidewall roll that made me feel kind of uneasy. The weight of the tire was far more than I wanted. And frankly, the price for what you get is kind of out of whack.

    So I just run one set of wheels now. Specialized LK's are fine to ride gravel and pavement and do just fine on single-track around here. Once I wear through them I am going with vulpine's. ??? Just my thoughts... everyone is different.

    I did do some single track with the Big Apples. Suprising good on hardpack.

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    honestly: Vulpines
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    Need a set of slick/semi slicks for my wifes new Anthem.
    90% road 10% gravel road, she wants something fast for 30-50 mile rides. These will be on a separate set of wheels to her single track wheels.
    Vulpines or something slicker?
    blah blah blah

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    Marathon Supreme

    I just fitted some marathon Surpeme's on my Ally 28x2.00 will post some pics soon test ride tomorrow weather permitting
    29er you just know when ur ready!!!!

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    It's so true

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    honestly: Vulpines
    I really love the Big Apple tires but the Vulpines are hundreds of grams lighter per tire and roll as well or better on paved surfaces and are also very quiet on the road. I suppose the knobby side walls of the Vulpines will give up something on paved cornering to the BAs and other smooth tires but I generally don't rail around corners at high speed on the road. They also make it a pretty great off road tire too when the pavement ends.

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    Some real nice bikes in this thread. Cool stuff guys!

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    so I did the Solvang Double yesterday
    on a set of new Vulpines
    6:30hrs I was 110 miles with an average around 17

    started the ride at 5:06am
    finished at 7:06pm

    Vulpines
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    i got some cheapy wheelset off the internet for about $100 and used some spare parts to complete everything. Threw on the Kenda street tire.
    Great idea! best of luck with everything

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    My new rise

    Here is my recenty aquired 2nd Haro Ally as a Monster X

    Swapped out some parts off my other ally that is in the process of getting some tweaks (using my 2nd set of wheels and new brakes etc)

    So this got most bit except the old flat bars. Tyre are Schwalbe Marathon Supremes 28x2,00, very nice a pretty puncture proof apparently nod had the chance to test that bit, but they roll really well.

    Sone option being considered, setting up for 1x8, dtill trying to get a rear hanger (no luck so far), new brakes as the Hayes MX4's are a pain to adjust (thinkin bb5 of bb7 road, and still rub no matter what and the is with using 287V levers, which might got to Cane creek/tektro style instead, with road disc this would give some really serious stopping power (I like that idea)
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    Haro Ally Ss

    How Bout Another Ally Ss Set Up For The Street, Things Changed Are The Atomlab Pedals Truvativ Stem And Bars Odi Grips And The Big Apple Tires. First Bike Since My Teenage Years And Loving It!
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    WTB Nano here. They're great tires. I ride a combination of streets, dirt, grass, sidewalks, dirt roads. Its nice having tires that track well on pavement yet are grippy and knobby enough for casual dirt.

    Would be nice to have a 2nd set of wheels but just can't swing it. Times are tough for us right now.

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    Good job!

    Great thread !

    I was asking about what "street tires" to put on my new Flash (arrives next week ) and I'm pretty sure the Vulpines will be perfect for what I want. I'll be doing 90-95% of asphalt riding, so there's no point in keeping it with fatty tires. And like a few said here, I agree that a slim street-only tire is not a good idea, unless of course you never have to go over potholes, curbs, speed bumps, mud on the street, etc. And if by any chance the pavement ends and the dirt starts, you won't have to "walk on eggs".
    Cheers!
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    Haro Ally Ss

    Updated Photo, I'm Now Geared For The Street!
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