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Postby marbs » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:26 pm

hi all,

i have a malvern star xt3000 mtb which currently has:
Weinmann Zac 19 Double Wall 36H rims/wheelset & Kenda 26x1.95” A/V tyres

just wondering, what would be the thinnest road tyres/slicks i can put on? and also will i have to replace the existing tubes with new ones?

any help would be much appreciated
thanks
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Postby Kalgrm » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:58 pm

G'day marbs,

You should have no trouble with 1.25" slicks on those rims.

Yes, you'll need new tubes too.

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Re: thinnest road tyre on my MTB?

Postby artemidorus » Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:40 pm

marbs wrote:hi all,

i have a malvern star xt3000 mtb which currently has:
Weinmann Zac 19 Double Wall 36H rims/wheelset & Kenda 26x1.95” A/V tyres

just wondering, what would be the thinnest road tyres/slicks i can put on? and also will i have to replace the existing tubes with new ones?

any help would be much appreciated
thanks

Continental make a 25mm Grand Prix tyre for 559mm (26") rims. If your rims are 19 mm wide, however, as is suggested by the name, then technically the smallest tyre that you use should be 28 mm (Sheldon Brown). You will not be able to stuff a tube for a 2" tyre into a 1" or 1 1/8" tyre, not without great heartache anyway.
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Postby Deanj » Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:47 pm

If your looking at slicks something like Specialized Fatboys at 1.25" (as Graeme mentioned) would be my choice.
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Postby marbs » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:45 pm

awesome thanks guys.. yeh just wasnt sure if i needed new rims or anything first beforehand...

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Postby artemidorus » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:54 pm

Continental Sport Contact at 32 mm are another good option.
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Postby bish » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:26 pm

I run Innova 1.25s from Torpedo 7 on my commuter MTB - no worries :D
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Postby marbs » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:19 pm

i know there will be a huge range in price on the different brands/kinds of tyres/tubes...

just after something half decent, doesnt have to be the best as i have a feeling i'll end up upgrading the bike later down the track (prolly sooner rather than later).. as the few times ive been out so far, im really enjoying it and kinda gettin addicted... :D

how much would i be roughly looking at for a set of tyres and tubes thats something half decent?
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Postby bish » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:13 am

I've had success with the Innova slicks

http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/INTYMNNSL

Used the 1.75s and now the 1.25s and haven't yet got a puncture (but now that I've said that I will haha). Easy on the wallet to try out a slick and they are actually pretty good.
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Postby sittingbison » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:34 am

conti sport contact 1.3 for me as well
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Postby marbs » Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:23 pm

awesome thanks...

the innovas seem cheap to try out? anyone know where i can innova tyres n tubes from in melb preferably se suburbs, obviously t7 is in syd? :?

and also, presta or schrader or doesnt really matter? gonna be pumping the tyres up to aroud 100psi if that matters at all on the type of valve i get
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Postby m@ » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:33 pm

You've gotta get the same valve type as your rims - ie small hole = presta, wide hole = schrader. Torpedo7 are NZ based, but only ever charge $10 freight - so if each tyre and tube is at least $2.50 cheaper than your LBS (which is likely), you'll still come out ahead.
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Postby marbs » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:46 pm

ahh didnt realise they were NZ based but yeah i noticed on the checkout them only charging $9

will look into it and maybe get a few things at once :D

thanks again peeps
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Postby Nate » Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:43 am

I ran ritchey tom slicks - 1"
no issues at all.

There were a few scary reviews & blowouts on MTBR, but i never had a puncture in 1500km+ riding & they were in top condiiton.

I agree with the valves, you MUST get a tube that is for your rim, you can get little nuts that help the fit, but its just better to get the proper valve for the rim.

Also you'll be running higher pressures, so a proper track/floor pump & high pressure (thin barrel) hand pump are a MUST.
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Postby marbs » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:57 pm

fair enuffs thanks... i guess if i go that route ill get the schrader tubes then :}

im saying if cos im now contemplating in investing in a proper road bike.. yes the bug has already bitten and ive only just started out... well i guess it doesnt help that a few work colleagues egging me on/peer pressuring :P hehe (cos they ride but also compete in triathlons etc and have expensive bikes :roll:)

see how we go... whether to spend the money on bar ends, tyres, tubes etc or just save it towards a proper road bike :oops:

time will tell :twisted:
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Postby Kalgrm » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:09 pm

G'day marbs,

Find out how real they are about peer group pressure by asking if you can borrow one of their bikes for a 30 minute spin! :twisted:

Seriously though, if you get to ride one of their decent road bikes, the addiction will well and truly sink it's claws in. You will see a huge difference in ride characteristic between a cheap MTB and a flash road bike.

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Postby sittingbison » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:16 pm

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Postby Andrew69 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:33 pm

Ive got an XT3000 as well am Im very happy with my "cheap" MTB thank you very much! :lol:

The only thing I upgraded on it was to go to hydraulic brakes with an 8" disc up front.
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