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Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

20 December 2014 - 8:08pm
Bikefayre wrote:Personally like my Halo Combat wheels on my Land Rover mountain bike. According to the Cycle mag bike shops are now selling 650B, 27.5 and 29 ins so the 26ins size will eventually be phased out so tyre choice could become limited.

Not honestly sure this will be a real issue in the short/medium term as there are so many 26" bikes about.

And 27.5/650B are the same thing; 27.5" is a misnomer as it implies it's 1.5" bigger than 26", when it's actually more like 1" (& 29ers are 2.5")

Re: tyre difference

20 December 2014 - 8:05pm
Bikefayre wrote:Feel the wire bead is better at surviving rough roads as the Kevlar ones are usually the ones with lighter sidewalls and can puncture more. Have a wee look at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB a good all-round tyre and tough as old boots and is cheap to buy.

It's not a proper MTB tyre though.

The answer to everything appears to be Ardents this year, though I am still on my BC Mountain Kings and am happy with these.

Re: Moving up from 32 tires to 38/42 - how much of a differe

12 December 2014 - 8:02pm
Bikefayre wrote:Try fitting the new Schwalbe Winter not the Marathon version. This will work happily on the road and the winter tread will give you that extra traction. Somewhere between a standard hybrid tyre and a full winter. Have done this with the now discontinued Schwalbe Snow Stud and find it works well on rough muddy broken estate roads within castle grounds.
The Snow Stud was a bit of a different animal. More heavily treaded but with its studs on the side. Its benefit was that it could be pumped up and run on the non-studded centre in good conditions, or let down a little allowing full stud contact in icy conditions. This made it an interesting option for those with one bike and no desire to swap tyres around. The greater tread meant that they were okay in mud too. they were an interesting, if heavy, all-rounder - a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. They are still widely available online including here: http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYSCSNST/s ... wired-tyre

The plain Schwalbe Winter has studs in the centre of the tread so you are getting the full on studded tyre effect all the time. Personally if I was buying a studded tyre I would like some studs at the side. The only reasons I can think of for buying these over the Marathon winters is that they are cheaper or you require a size which the Marathon isn't available in (eg. 700x30c).

As the OP wasn't asking about winter tyres I'd be more inclined to point them in the direction of a treaded tyre like the Land Cruiser or a proper semi slick if they wanted more traction on muddy towpaths all year round.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

12 December 2014 - 8:56am
Bikefayre wrote:Personally like my Halo Combat wheels on my Land Rover mountain bike. According to the Cycle mag bike shops are now selling 650B, 27.5 and 29 ins so the 26ins size will eventually be phased out so tyre choice could become limited.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

12 December 2014 - 8:48am
You pays you money you takes your choice?

I think that for myself coming from a roads background if I was to buy a MTB it would probably be a 29er, just because the types of trails I'd be doing would likely be ex-railway tracks, forest fire roads and the likes, rather than really technical stuff. But then I would be thinking why not a CX bike?!

But there's a somewhat sensible move to 650b which supposedly combines the advantages of both, or is it the disadvantages?

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

11 December 2014 - 8:45pm
I have a Cannondale headshok hard tail that I love. Can I change out the wheels from 26 to 650b? What's the downside if the tires and brakes fit?

Re: Consensus re MTB tyres

10 December 2014 - 3:22pm
Try the new Continental E-Contact as it will work on both gravel and forest trails. It's basically a city/trekking slick.

Re: Updating an old steel mountainbike

10 December 2014 - 3:19pm
My recommendation is to find a decent set of disc forks off a second hand bike, an easy upgrade. Also have a look at woollyhatshop.com as they do great wheel deals for a pair. For an older bike try fitting the Shimano Megarange derailleur and gears available from sjscycles.co.uk Also the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB tyre is perfect for older bikes too. Ditch any plastic and steel components and replace with alloy, you will notice a difference.

Re: tyre difference

10 December 2014 - 3:13pm
Feel the wire bead is better at surviving rough roads as the Kevlar ones are usually the ones with lighter sidewalls and can puncture more. Have a wee look at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB a good all-round tyre and tough as old boots and is cheap to buy.

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

10 December 2014 - 3:08pm
Have a look at Whyte as these are made for UK mountain biking conditions and look to me well thought out and well sorted bikes!

Re: 29er tyre choice

10 December 2014 - 3:06pm
Have been seriously impressed with the Schwalbe Ice Spiker in 26ins and have seen the same tyre for 29 ins. Think if you fit one you will be impressed. A wee bit of advice ride these tyres on the road for a while to let the studs settle or they will come out. One of the best MTB around and if you can go for the PRO version as it's even better though not cheap!!!

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

10 December 2014 - 3:03pm
Personally like my Halo Combat wheels on my Land Rover mountain bike. According to the Cycle mag bike shops are now selling 650B, 27.5 and 29 ins so the 26ins size will eventually be phased out so tyre choice could become limited.

Re: 26" Wheels on a 29er. Daft idea?

10 December 2014 - 2:59pm
As long as it has disc brakes no problems as hubs tend to be universal. The downside is the length of your pedal cranks. Personally like the Halo Combat wheels from billys.co.uk in 26 ins [559] rim size.

Re: Advise for aftermarket Hayes brake pads

10 December 2014 - 2:57pm
Have been using pads from discobrakes.com for seven years now with no problem. At that time could not find a stockist for Tektro IO brakes and cannot fault them.

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

10 December 2014 - 2:53pm
My worse memory was for a nature break and right next to me was an open metal man trap the size of a dustbin lid! Thankfully that was in the early 'eighties.

Re: Tyres for Road/Off Road

10 December 2014 - 2:49pm
Reckon the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB should do the trick as it's an all terrain pattern and should never puncture during your holiday avoiding the problem of road side repair or even spoiling your holiday. Hope you have a nice enjoyable time!

Re: Moving up from 32 tires to 38/42 - how much of a differe

10 December 2014 - 2:46pm
Try fitting the new Schwalbe Winter not the Marathon version. This will work happily on the road and the winter tread will give you that extra traction. Somewhere between a standard hybrid tyre and a full winter. Have done this with the now discontinued Schwalbe Snow Stud and find it works well on rough muddy broken estate roads within castle grounds.

So what you been up to in 2014

7 December 2014 - 11:36pm
Well its getting towards the end of another year so put a video together... So guys and gals lets see your adventures as want tips for next year Not all cycling so be warned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TiyBtE0ks

Re: Klunkerz film

7 December 2014 - 6:19am
Just finished watching it and loved every minute of it.

Wreckermended ; )

First experience on singletrack

20 November 2014 - 6:41pm
I went for a ride in Dorset and had my first experience of singletrack. I fell - spectacularly - at the feet of the Cerne Abbas Giant.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/cerne-abbas-giant-dorset/

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