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    Commuting tires

    Hi All,

    I'm just starting out commuting on a mountain bike. I want/have to get new tires. I have Rhyno Lite rims that are 559x29.5mm. I'm wondering if anyone can send out some suggestions on tires and tire width. I know my knobby mtb tires are 26x2, do I have to get the same exact size commuting/street tires? Thanks a bunch!

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    Commuting tires

    No. You can go much narrower, but there will be plenty of pavement friendly tires within 0.5in plus or minus what you currently have (more on the smaller end of that size scale) that will work. Poke around this forum and you will find several commonly used tires by Schwalbe, Continental, and other brands that work well.

    The tire I currently use, the CSC Crucible, comes in a 26" size, too.

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    Thanks, I appreciate it!

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    I also commute on a rigid frame mountain bike and ended up swapping my offroad tires for some town and country continental. They took away about 9 min off my commute. They ride very smooth. I will tell you they will slide on sand as if you were on ice if you hit a corner too fast.

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    Vittoria Randonneur Pro 26x1.5...very bright reflective sidewall and great puncture protection.
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    Continental Sport Contact 26x1.6. They're slicks, light weight and puncture resistant. At 50-60 psi, the ride is comfortable, sufficiently grippy (no skidding off every pebble on the road) and very fast.

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