Bike tires too wide?

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking' started by cbman, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. cbman

    cbman gnar! gnar! gnar!

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    So these Continental Diesel tires are just right for the kind of trails I ride, however I'm wondering if they're too wide for my bike. I ride a Trek 4300(2009). My normal tires are 26x1.75", these tires are 26x2.5". Is this too radical of a size difference? And just one other question :eek: do I HAVE to run wider tubes or are 1.5-1.75 fine?

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  2. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Measure your fork and stays. And yes, you'll need new tubes.
     

  3. Sickmont

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    I run 27x2.25s on my 09' Trek 4300 disc and i have a mile of clearance left over with them. And yeah, like Mr. hack says, you need new tubes.
     
  4. cbman

    cbman gnar! gnar! gnar!

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    Cool dudes, thanks for the info!
     
  5. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    1.75" tubes are too small, but don't worry about finding tubes that are rated for 2.5" tires. 2.2-2.35" are fine. Most 2.5" tubes are made for downhill and are heavy and expensive.
     
  6. cbman

    cbman gnar! gnar! gnar!

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    So instead of the Diesels I went with Bontrager XR4's. They were what I was looking for, and defiantly fit my bike. The awesome owner of my LBS showed me the actual with of the diesels and it turns out you only have a 1/4 inch of clearance, which is not enough for pedaling. Plus, the XR4's are much lighter, the diesels would have added 4 pounds!!! So it worked out for the best that I went up there. I posted some old, new tire comparison photos.
     

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