changing to a different tread tire

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  1. mongoose

    mongoose New Member

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    Hi, i ride a mongoose mountain bike, i only ride on city streets, and paved bike trails, i am thinking about putting regular tread tires on it and taking the knobby tires off, any advantage to doing this, am hoping for a better ride. comments please.
     
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  2. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist New Member

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    go for it, i'd avoid slicks though.... try something that you might find on a cross bike.. the tread is more of a cut-out than a knob, more or less they look like car tires, just a good bit narrower.... these tires should increase speed/ease of riding as well as reducing noise:)
     
  3. boudreaux

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    Why??:confused:
     
  4. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist New Member

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    rain/sand+slicks= questionable traction
    i'm referring to completely bald tires..think specialized makes/made some, the others just seem safer to me in real-world conditions
     
  5. mjw_byrne

    mjw_byrne New Member

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    If you only ride on paved surfaces or city streets, the standard knobblies you get on an mtb generally have unnecessarily high rolling resistance. You wouldn't want to use completely treadless slicks because they can skid easily on painted lines on the road in the wet, but I've never seen completely treadless slicks for mtb size wheels. A tyre like Schwalbe's Big Apple (http://www.schwalbe.com/index.pl?bereich=produkte&einsatzbereich=3&produktgruppe=19&produkt=116#) is fairly fast, has decent puncture resistance and won't break the bank. They take about 80psi (as opposed to around 40ish for most knobblies) so the ride will be harder, but of course this will be more or less relevant depending on the quality of roads you ride on and the suspension your mtb has (if any).
     
  6. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    and road tires are what?? especially they are a bit worn.
     
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    What a great tip. On Sheldon Brown's site:

    "The bending of knobs can cause discontinuities in handling; the tire grips OK for mild cornering, but as cornering force exceeds some critical value, the knobs start to bend and the traction suddenly goes to Hell in a handbasket."

    This explains why I wipe out so often on my mtn bike and have never had a cornering wipeout on my road bike yet. maybe bald tires for my mtn bike might be a good idea after all....that is, when i'm not in the woods
     
  9. shokhead1

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    Thread does nothing on the streets,its the rubber compound.
     
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