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    New question here. Early tire question...

    Hi guys, Something I`ve been wondering about...I know that Stumpjumper tires actually came out before the bikes, so 1980 maybe, or earlier...? Is that about right?
    Well, since their own mass produced bikes weren`t available yet, were they being produced for the other bikes that were available (like the Breezers and Ritchey`s?) Or maybe for the Cruisers?

    Or is it a case of, they knew they had a bike coming out and they just had the tires ready first?

    Were there any other Mountainbike tires already out at that point?

    Thanks for your expertise!

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    1981 Specy Stumpjumper tires OEM & the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Kona
    Were there any other Mountainbike tires already out at that point?
    Yes. People had been ridding off road for years before Specialized introduced their mountain bike. Beach cruiser tires and 26" Cruiser BMX tires were available.
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    There were two other tires on the market when the StumpJumper tire appeared in the spring of 1981, the Mitsuboshi "Cruiser Mitt" road tire and the CyclePro SnakeBelly BMX tire.

    Here is the first ad for the StumpJumper tire, which ran in the Fat Tire Flyer. We didn't have a photograph of it and it's not like Specialized had a PR department at the time to supply us with one. Our artist drew a tire and we used the LetraSet press-on letters for the text.
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    Talk about getting you money's worth out of a corporate logo! 29 years and still in use.

    Who made the tires for Specialized?

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    Thanks Guys. Are there any modern tires that have a wrap around tread pattern like those early Stumpjumpers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Kona
    Thanks Guys. Are there any modern tires that have a wrap around tread pattern like those early Stumpjumpers?
    I don't know if any modern tires have tread that wraps all the way around (what's the point?), but that tread pattern looks similar to tires currently used for dirt jumping and street/urban riding - Kenda K-rads, Maxxis Holly Rollers. Basically 26" bmx tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Kona
    Thanks Guys. Are there any modern tires that have a wrap around tread pattern like those early Stumpjumpers?

    That's a drawing, they don't really wrap around much more than a normal tire. The ones that do seem to really wrap around are the Panaracers that looked quite similar and came out a year or two later. They only have maybe 1/4" of skinwall. Here's the Stumpjumper tire:

    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v285/tinc500/DSC07514-1.jpg">

    Pretty sure Mitsuboshi made the Specialized tires.

    CK, what about the Tioga Comp III, did anyone use that? I think it was available in a 26" size about that time, no?

    More Stumpjumper tire trivia; Joe Breeze told me he used the Stumpjumper tire tread in his logo/headbadge:

    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v285/tinc500/DSC07563-1.jpg">

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    According to the 1980 MountainBikes catalog, which Repack Rider wrote, the Uniroyal NOBBY 1.75" tire was the "best" tire out. Retail was $8. (I wish tires still cost that much.)

    http://www.oldmountainbikes.com/cata...0/page3-4.html
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