Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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â€¢ Iâ€™m riding a Shogun Metro SE which I have had for just over three years.
â€¢ Iâ€™m pretty rough on it and like banging around off-road.
â€¢ As a result much of the middle road bits that make up this bike have failed; some slowly degrading, some with spectacular results â€“ like my back rim..
â€¢ Mostly apart from the seat, bars and frame, this is a true hybrid with very solid hand made Mavic rims and Marzocchi 100mm Doppio air shocks.
â€¢ This makes it a formable commuter bike which goes up and down gutters without even thinking about lifting the front wheel, great in the city and all over.
â€¢ I have changed the tyres for 700C x 38 knobblies.
While these are ok, I want something wider, as I do that this thing bush whenever possible and the skinny tyres are cause for more than the occasional wide eyed moment when the bike doesnâ€™t turn or stops suddenly.
I figure the max I can fit is 700C x 48 which leaves me a generous 2 mm at the lower bracket.
I recently bought off Ebay a pair or Panaracer Rampage 29 x 2.35â€ while these looked great on, I could not rotate the rear as it rubs (is jammed hard up against) the lower bracket.
This leads me to two questions, without cashing my frame in for a dedicated 29er frame;
1. Does anyone know where I can get a set of tyres wider than the very usual 35 â€“ 38 mm wide ones with aggressive treads, and
2. Does anyone have the use for the Panaracers? Iâ€™d love to recoup my rather hefty investment in these lovely tyres that reside now in my closet.
Iâ€™ve photos if you want to ping me. Cheers
I can't help you with either 1 or 2, but have you thought of trimming the extra wide knobs with a Stanley knife? I have heard of that trick working for others.
(I am assuming it's the outside knobs which are rubbing the frame, of course ....)
I had considered that was an option when in my moment of clarity - just before I picked them up from the post office.
However 2.35" = 59.6 mm. The knobs and the side wall are hard up against the bracket. sob with a max of 50mm clearance.
I had nano raptors on my old 26 years ago - great tyre. I know they are made for a 29 (and they will fit my rims) the trouble is finding a wholesaler who imports the sort of thing.
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