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 Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?

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PostSubject: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 1:59 pm

Dear all,

I would like your advice.

Apart from one's strength and abilities, does changing a MTB's tyres to a sleeker kind improve speed?

Thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 2:41 pm

My own experience is that it does, especially for those slick tyres like 1.25" etc. Pros and cons. Speed is improved, but at the expense of comfort.
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 6:23 pm

speed is improved a lot! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 7:13 pm

Have used Panaracer Rimbo before. Quite durable!
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 8:35 pm

Ohhh yes, your speed will definitely improve!
Slimmer tires = less contact with ground = less rolling resistance = less energy needed to pedal ! cheers
But if you change to really skinny tires, have to look out for grooves in the ground that otherwise 26x2.25 tires will roll over easily.
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Erhh....had some basic bike lessons from Stanley on the Sunday ride....Smile

Apparently, speed may not increase significantly as changing to sleek tires also means ur wheel width is now shorter, means the same no. Of cycles u pedal will give u a shorter dist...
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Mon May 30, 2011 10:30 pm

frenzzsg wrote:
Erhh....had some basic bike lessons from Stanley on the Sunday ride....Smile

Apparently, speed may not increase significantly as changing to sleek tires also means ur wheel width is now shorter, means the same no. Of cycles u pedal will give u a shorter dist...

ooh interesting.. meaning a smaller (slightly) wheel right?
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Tue May 31, 2011 12:48 am

frenzzsg wrote:
Erhh....had some basic bike lessons from Stanley on the Sunday ride....Smile

Apparently, speed may not increase significantly as changing to sleek tires also means ur wheel width is now shorter, means the same no. Of cycles u pedal will give u a shorter dist...
Makes sense! but depending on the PSI level, rolling resistance may decrease due to less surface contact on the road especially at higher PSI.
And not forgetting slimmer tires are lighter, therefore taking less effort to roll. So its a give and take situation..
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Tue May 31, 2011 1:04 am

watch out.. pop-hole!!

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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Tue May 31, 2011 2:50 pm

definitely improves speed. for me personally, changing from the stock 1.75" to 1.35 Kojaks allowed me to cruise 5km/h faster with the same amount of effort. you will notice the difference especially when going fast.
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Tue May 31, 2011 4:23 pm

Many thanks for all your comments...

Steady_ppp - in what aspects of comfort will be compensated? thanks! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Tue May 31, 2011 5:09 pm

on 'slimmer' wheels, u gotta watch out for potholes, etc. Ride becomes more bumpy too...but hey you're on a MTB, so still got some front shocks to absorb the impact?

Ride safe!
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PostSubject: Re: Does changing to slimmer/sleeker tyres on a MTB make a difference in speed?   Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:26 am

boo wrote:
Ohhh yes, your speed will definitely improve!
Slimmer tires = less contact with ground = less rolling resistance = less energy needed to pedal ! cheers
But if you change to really skinny tires, have to look out for grooves in the ground that otherwise 26x2.25 tires will roll over easily.

Wow ....Constructive feedback !!! Thks for the sharing Smile
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