WANT WIDEST TIRE, MORE AGGRESSIVE TREAD
November 27, 2005
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I recently purchased a hybrid
bike with 700 X 38C (40-622) tires. The problem is that
they are basically a smooth road tread. They have worked
adequately on dry ground, but now the rains have come, and
I need more aggressive tires.
I want the most aggressive tread,
and as wide a tire as I can put on my stock rim (X Rim 202,
622-19). What is your recommendation as to widths and brands?
My riding is primarily paved and dirt trails. Thanks.
While you might fit a 50 mm-wide
tire on your bikes rims, I dont advise anything
wider than 44 mm. A wider tire will, at best, give you sloppy
handling and, at worst, get very stressed on the sidewalls
and cause a spectacular blow-out. (Generally, 19 mm rims
can safely accommodate tires of widths from 28 to 44 mm.)
If you rode exclusively on pavement
Id warn you away from deep tread or knobs; tires use
those features to sink into a surface, and a tire wont
sink into concrete or asphalt unless someone just poured
it (if you ride on that surface I want photos). Knobby
tires on solid surfaces just give you less tire contact
with the pavement, resulting in less grip.
If you ride both pavement and dirt,
look into what some call semi-slicks. A semi-slick
tire has light tread in the middle for hard surfaces. On
each side the tire has deep treads or knobs that sink into
(and therefore grip) a softer surface, but wont compromise
the tires grip on pavement.
As far as brands, youll often
get what you pay for in terms of flat resistance and wear.
So figure out your budget and find the brand of tires that