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High Volume vs Strong Sidewall? Rim Width? PDF Print E-mail
Written by shiggy   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:24

High Volume vs. Strong Sidewall, which is best for lower psi applications in XC/trail use?

In most cases I will go for the lighter, more supple casing. It lets the tire conform to the terrain and work better. Even at lower pressure a stiffer casing can not conform as well.
You basically have to run DH tires at lower pressure to get a similar feel.

The specific tire construction, casing size and tread design have to be factored in.

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It's a True 2.3" and other lies PDF Print E-mail
Written by shiggy   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:17

One of the reasons I started this site was because of the inconsistencies in mtb tire sizing. I was seeing many people stating “tire X is called a 2.2 but it is really a 1.9″ or “it is a true 2.3″ tire.” Saw different riders calling the same tire “smaller than claimed” and “a real 2.xx.” Very confusing.

As far as I am concerned no knobby tire is a “true” anything. You can have wide treads and narrow casings, narrow treads and wide casings or the tread and casing can be the same width.

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Folding vs Wire Bead Tires PDF Print E-mail
Written by shiggy   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:09

A common question is what is the difference? It depends on the specific tire and company.

Some companies, like Conti (Bontrager, Michelin,…), use a lower spec for their wire bead tires. Others (some Panaracer, Nokian,…) make wire and folding bead versions of the same tire with no difference other than the bead.

Others the tires look the same but are XC and DH versions (Kenda Blue Groove/Nevegal).

You have to check the specs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:29
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How to Mount a Tire PDF Print E-mail
Written by shiggy   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 11:33

Mounting and removing tires is a basic and necessary task for every cyclist. A surprising number of riders struggle with it because they have never been shown the proper technique.

The Team Estrogen web site has the best description I have seen: Levers? Levers? We Don’t Need No Stinking Levers!

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2009 19:35
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Wide Tires, Narrow Rims PDF Print E-mail
Written by shiggy   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 11:28

“… i guess though tire selection is a personal thing and besides terrain perhaps even riding style can determine whether you like or dislike a tire…”

He nailed that one and it is especially riding style that comes into play.

The sidewall flex/squirm is a very personal thing. Terrain, rider weight, type of riding and riding style all contribute.

I tend to like rounder profile tires for the way they track (straight line stability) and change direction. A narrower rim gives most tires this profile.

Some say a wider rim reduces pinch flats. I can not say I have noticed much difference and if anything, I pinch more with the same tire on a wider rim. Especially the case if it is a narrowish tire on a wideish rim.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 13:32
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Weirwolf/Stout/Rampage 29” Specs on 35mm & 24mm Rims PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 July 2009 10:51

After receiving new samples of the WTB Weirwolf 2.55 LT, WTB Stout 2.3 and Panaracer 2.35 tires, and a set of Salsa Gordo rims I took the opportunity to measure and compare the tire differences on wide and narrower rims. My control rim is an Alex Adventurer (24mm wide outside. 6mm deep from bead seat to rim outer edge). The Gordo is 35mm wide and 5mm deep. Used my usual measuring methods, and subtracted 1mm from the tire casing height for the Gordo measurements to even out the rim depth difference.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 11:24
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