First thing to know about tires is that there is no such thing as true tire sizing. On my 6 mountain bikes my tire sizes range from 1.95-2.7. My Continental Diesel tires are 2.3 and won't fit on my Super V, but my Maxxis Ignitor 2.35 does fit on my Super V. I also have Michelin 1.95, which seem to be a little wide side compared to my other Ignitor 1.95. Another thing you need to look at is the rim width, wider rim, wider foot print. Also when the tire becomes wider it will also become taller. The age of your bike will also matter. I would suggest not following a lot of the artcles in magazines. What ultimately makes you a better rider is by riding.
Fitness Minutes: (10,253) Posts: 1,186 9/15/11 2:51 P
I don't know about where you are but our bike shops will let you come in with your bike and they'll help you find the tires you want and need. I'm going to have to do this because I have an older bike with smaller rims that I want hybrid tires for.
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I have one mountain bike set up for dry sandy conditions with Schwabe racing Ralphs tires, 195 width. We get a lot of rain here though, so my mud bike has Kendas, 210 width.
Lots of riders here are riding Surly Pugslys or 907 Fatbikes, either in Titanium or Aluminum with the huge tires for riding all winter. I'm not ready to make that kind of commitment to winter riding yet. I make do with studded tires.
What size tires are you running on your mountain bikes? I have a craving for a Surly Pugsly but dont have the $. I am wondering whats the max size I can put on my commuter (cro-moly rigid fork) or my Gary Fisher. The tire issue comes now after reading a blog by Dave Wiens on tires and tire pressure, and how more traction makes you a better biker.
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