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Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:31:41 AM »
Hey guys. I've got a 29er hardtail (Gary Fisher Paragon) that I like taking on the roads on the weekdays. I was thinking, can I buy a pair of road tires and throw em on there for my weekday rides? Do I need to look for something to make sure they're compatible? Thanks!

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 09:02:01 AM »
Hey guys. I've got a 29er hardtail (Gary Fisher Paragon) that I like taking on the roads on the weekdays. I was thinking, can I buy a pair of road tires and throw em on there for my weekday rides? Do I need to look for something to make sure they're compatible? Thanks!

You can use a 700c tire, just likely have to make sure it is not too skinny.  Look for a hybrid style tire like a 700c x 32 or 38. Depending on the width of your rim you should be able to find a good road slick.  29-inch wheels have a rim diameter of 622 mm (~24.5 inch) and is the same as that used on most road, hybrid and touring bicycles. The average 29" mountain bike tire has an outside diameter of about 28.5" (724 mm).

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008, 09:46:32 AM »
What about a whole rim/tire setup? Can I do that instead? It seems easier/quicker for me to pop on two rims already set to go.

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008, 09:49:47 AM »
What about a whole rim/tire setup? Can I do that instead? It seems easier/quicker for me to pop on two rims already set to go.

They would have to be the same physical setup otherwise you would have to adjust the deraillieur to shift smoothly every time.

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2008, 09:56:22 AM »
So it'd actually be easier to just buy a road tire and tube and replace em depending on the riding?

Also, this is spec on my Paragon:

Bontrager Jones ACX 29x2.2

What's the 2.2? Is that 2.2cm? (So 22mm?)

So I should be looking @ getting a 700c x 22?
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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2008, 10:22:27 AM »
Nevermind. Found the spec on the Bontrager website. 28mm wide rim.

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2008, 10:43:39 AM »
i am actually running road rims on a mtb iso hub with road tires on my 26 inch bike - there is enough clearance because the rubber is not that deep on road tires - it is funny seeing the looks on the roadies faces when I am cruising along 20mph on a full suspension MTB.

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2008, 11:51:54 AM »
I get that same look from the roadies when I cruise up behind them on my rig with slickies.
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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2008, 12:48:23 PM »
i am actually running road rims on a mtb iso hub with road tires on my 26 inch bike - there is enough clearance because the rubber is not that deep on road tires - it is funny seeing the looks on the roadies faces when I am cruising along 20mph on a full suspension MTB.

How'd you figure out which road rims were compatible? If it's not too difficult, I'd rather have a pair of offroad rims and road rims.

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2008, 01:18:40 PM »
i am actually running road rims on a mtb iso hub with road tires on my 26 inch bike - there is enough clearance because the rubber is not that deep on road tires - it is funny seeing the looks on the roadies faces when I am cruising along 20mph on a full suspension MTB.

How'd you figure out which road rims were compatible? If it's not too difficult, I'd rather have a pair of offroad rims and road rims.

get a simple set of cheap mtb hubs and a cheap set of road rims and have your LBS put em together - they have to have the same amount of holes.

get light weight 29er wheels - american classic heavy duty road rim is the same rim they use for their light 29er wheel and works with road tires

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2008, 07:21:39 PM »
Bontrager Jones ACX 29x2.2
What's the 2.2? Is that 2.2cm? (So 22mm?)

2.2 inch. 

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2008, 07:47:05 AM »
Thanks for the input guys. I'll head to the LBS here in sofla this afternoon and hopefully get it all squared away.

Also, what should I be looking @ spending? I quick glance online shows I'm looking at around $350 for the rims, tires, and tubes alone.
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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2008, 01:19:32 PM »
Keep in mind you can probably find a fair road bike for less than $500 used.  Look for something with an aluminum frame, carbon fork, 9 or 10 speed 105 or ultegra.  I love my mountain bike but I know no matter what wheel and tire combo I put on it, it will never be as fast or nimble on the road as even an entry level road bike.

Here is an example, the components are not the best but its $300, take a look around.

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/bik/752171639.html

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2008, 02:09:18 PM »
Didn't think about that. I'll scope out CL and see what pops up

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Re: Road/Street tires on my Mt. Bike
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2008, 06:34:48 PM »
My buddy Don was selling a cheap roadbike on here, had it listed in the classifieds. Not sure if he still has it or if it meets your needs.
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