Mountain Bike on the Road

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by nhcop, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. nhcop

    nhcop New Member

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    I have a Specialized Epic full susp. MTB. I have recently been using it to commute to work (3 miles one way). It has 26x2.0 on the front and 26x2.10 on the rear. The more I ride on the road the more I wonder if I can put more of a hybrid or road bike tire on the bike. Would it make a difference in road performance?
     
  2. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    If you are riding with nobbie tires on the road, going to a commuter type slick or semi slick will greatly improve your performance. Your bike will be faster and handle better.

    When I used to commute on my mtn bike, I used Continental Town & Countries.
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  3. bantam700

    bantam700 New Member

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    hybrids and road bike tires are a different size than mountain bike tires, but they do make some tires for 26' mountain bike wheels that are more suited to riding on pavement
     
  4. elementfiftyfour

    elementfiftyfour New Member

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    I just went to the local bike shop and picked out a nice tire that had nobbs on the sides for traction in the deep and semi-smooth onroad tred near the center. They work pretty darn well in all sorts of environments.
     
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  5. TxCyclist

    TxCyclist Administrator Staff Member Admin Staff

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    What would you consider then a mountain bike tire with road type tread. Not a hybrid tire?
     
  6. nhcop

    nhcop New Member

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    So im thinking I might pick up a cheap road bike for next season so I can have the best of both worlds. I really enjoy riding offroad, but I find it convenient to bike to work were I only live 3 miles away.
     
  7. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    Nothin' wrong with havin' two bikes.....or three...or four...................................
     
  8. mtndoc

    mtndoc New Member

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    I'm startin to see the wisdom in this....
     
  9. Skidmark

    Skidmark Cycling for life

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    I can see the logic as well. But, only want one bike to own. Still planning on a Crosstrail or something very similar at xmass. I think after that another set of wheels & tires may be in plan, will have to ride and see.
     
  10. RoyEveritt

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    When you buy road-type tires, take note of the maximum pressure on the sidewall. Some have a max of 50psi, compared to, say 75psi for others. If you can run your off-road tires at a higher pressure, the difference in performance won't be so great.

    That said, good road tires have a lower rolling resistance and they'll usually be narrower, of course, which also helps. I used 50psi road tires (26X1.9 I think) for our recent long ride and they were fine, but I'd ridden it on some fatter knobbly tires at higher pressure and it felt fast then, too.

    It was a borrowed bike, so I'm afraid I can't remember what tires they were!

    Roy
     
  11. wild

    wild Yesterday tired old man, Today retired old man

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    The tire I am useing are Kenda Komfort 26x1.95 (50-559) model K841a - 010 max psi 65
    I think the next set will be, Michelin city trecking 26x1.85
    My.02
     
  12. sandlynx

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    "Nothin' wrong with havin' two bikes.....or three...or four..................................."
    hophead: 6 works for me. Lookin' for 7. ;)
     
  13. Blazerwolf

    Blazerwolf Guest

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    Take a look at those Schwabe Big Apples! Nice tires! I put a set of 29ers on my bike and they are great! They also come in 26" sizes as well. Little pricy at $45.00 a pop! But well worth it!
     
  14. CTD50

    CTD50 DX's Biggest Member

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    Michelin Country Rock -- 26x1.75, about $12 each.
     
  15. topgun514

    topgun514 Guest

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    for the price of getting new tires, rims, tubes, you can find a crappy commuter bike.