Wide front tire for 27mm rim- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    1,016

    Wide front tire for 27mm rim

    Hi, looking for a tire suggestion:

    • Rim is 27mm internal
    • Would like a high volume, low pressure tire (2.5/2.6”)
    • Not super aggressive riding, moderate speeds
    • Hardpack, loose over hard, and rock
    • No wet conditions
    • Maximum cornering grip
    • Consistent cornering grip at all lean angles


    The problem is that a tire like a Minion DHF has a that ‘gap’ before the cornering knobs engage. The larger casings (WT) are made for rims over 30mm, so on a 27mm rim, the cornering knobs will be even further down the side.

    Specialized Butcher is similar.

    Assegai and WTB Vigilante have the intermediate knobs that would provide grip at early lean angles, even on a narrower rim, but I worry that their knobs are too tall for hardpack use.

    Was considering the Specialized Eliminator 2.6, or willing to hear if anyone has the 2.6 Assegai on a narrower rim.

    Bontrager SE 4 maybe, any other suggestions or reviews?

    Thanks,

  2. #2
    high pivot witchcraft
    Reputation: mtnbkrmike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    3,793
    Way too much internet analysis on the DHF.

    I have the 2.5 DHF on my Druid on a We Are One 27mm rim. I have the 2.5 DHF on my Honzo on a We Are One 30mm rim. Both rip and corner like my bikes are on rails. 2.5 DHF/2.4 DHR2 on my Druid. 2.5 DHF/2.5 Aggressor on my Honzo. Both awesome.

    Tires are not expensive. Why not try the DHF if you are interested?

    I will say that in my experience, the 2.5 DHF on my Druid was a significantly better tire than the 2.3 DHF in pretty much every respect, with no noticeable downsides. I notice no weight or RR penalty. But SIGNIFICANTLY more grip. Much more confidence inspiring.
    2020 Kona Unit
    2019 Forbidden Druid
    2018 Kona Honzo ST 30th BDay SE
    2015 Kona Paddy Wagon Fixed Gear

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: MSU Alum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    4,667
    It's true that the DHF has a bit of a dead zone, but I got used to it pretty quickly.

    I mention it because I run a 29x2.6 DHF and a 2.5 Aggressor, both on i27 rims and they work fine. There are other Maxxis tires that are also WT (like my DHF) that may work.

    Bontrager tires offer a 30 return, for any reason and some are on sale now. That's what I'd look at. For your purposes, the XR3 may work. Pretty big at 2.6" (probably 2.5 on your rims) fairly light and if you don't like them, return them.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    7,824
    I run:
    DHF 2.6/DHF 2.5 on 29" i35
    DHF 2.6/DHF 2.6 on 27.5 i29
    DHF 2.8/HD2.8 on 27.5 i45

    I have no idea what a "dead spot" feels like, but so far I'm not feeling it

    I'd happily run a DHF 2.5 on an i27 rim without a thouight, maybe a 2.6
    GG Megatrail 27.5 (Braaap!)
    GG Trail Pistola 27+/29 (speedy)
    Pivot Shuttle 27.5 (wife's)

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    527
    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Way too much internet analysis on the DHF.

    I have the 2.5 DHF on my Druid on a We Are One 27mm rim. I have the 2.5 DHF on my Honzo on a We Are One 30mm rim. Both rip and corner like my bikes are on rails. 2.5 DHF/2.4 DHR2 on my Druid. 2.5 DHF/2.5 Aggressor on my Honzo. Both awesome.

    Tires are not expensive. Why not try the DHF if you are interested?

    I will say that in my experience, the 2.5 DHF on my Druid was a significantly better tire than the 2.3 DHF in pretty much every respect, with no noticeable downsides. I notice no weight or RR penalty. But SIGNIFICANTLY more grip. Much more confidence inspiring.
    Bwtween your two setups - which is better as rear tire and as a whole F/R combo?

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    1,487

    Wide front tire for 27mm rim

    Magic Mary 2.35

    If you are running true loose over hard and hard pack and are dead set on having a tire that is too wide for your 27mm internal rim.... foreKaster 2.6

    I have ridden all of the tires you mentioned to develop this opinion. I do recognize the gap you speak of on the 2.5 minion.

    If you ride something like kitty litter loose, MM 2.35 is where it’s at. It rolls light years faster than a Minion on pavement and hard pack.

    If you are looking to try lots of tires, order from www.bike-discount.de and try some things out and sell what you don’t like.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RS VR6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    5,492
    I have a “2.6” Spesh Eliminator on a 29mm IW rim. It measures nowhere near 2.6. It barely measures 2.4 knob to knob. The other tire you can try out is a 2.35 Hans Dampf. It measured almost 2.4 on the 29mm rim. If you want to get the best out of a 2.6 tire...you’re probably better off using it on a 30mm or up rim.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    1,016
    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    I have a “2.6” Spesh Eliminator on a 29mm IW rim. It measures nowhere near 2.6. It barely measures 2.4 knob to knob. The other tire you can try out is a 2.35 Hans Dampf. It measured almost 2.4 on the 29mm rim. If you want to get the best out of a 2.6 tire...you’re probably better off using it on a 30mm or up rim.


    Thanks!
    Do you happen to have a pic of your Eliminator on your rim?

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RS VR6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    5,492
    I can post a pic tomorrow afternoon.

Similar Threads

  1. 2.7 tire in 27mm rim
    By darth biker in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-28-2019, 07:28 PM
  2. Light-Cycle 27mm wide, 29er carbon hookless rim
    By Johnny Chicken Bones in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 53
    Last Post: 08-26-2016, 06:08 AM
  3. Extra wide front rim, wide rear rim. Good idea/bad idea?
    By PurpleMtnSlayer in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-09-2016, 11:49 PM
  4. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-27-2015, 01:37 PM
  5. Will spokes from a 27mm wide rim work on a 29mm wide rim?
    By daemoncycler in forum All Mountain
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 02-25-2015, 02:41 PM

Members who have read this thread: 59

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.