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i have a malvern star xt3000 mtb which currently has:
Weinmann Zac 19 Double Wall 36H rims/wheelset & Kenda 26x1.95â€ 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
You should have no trouble with 1.25" slicks on those rims.
Yes, you'll need new tubes too.
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.
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...
how much would i be roughly looking at for a set of tyres and tubes thats something half decent?
I've had success with the Innova slicks
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.
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
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.
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.
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 hehe (cos they ride but also compete in triathlons etc and have expensive bikes )
see how we go... whether to spend the money on bar ends, tyres, tubes etc or just save it towards a proper road bike
time will tell
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!
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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