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 Post subject: Do we need fat tyres?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:36 pm 
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I went to a cyclocross event the other day and those guys really shift! I've take a hint from the cyclocross boys and fitted 1.8" tyres to my DBR Axis - they look really skinny, even on a retro bike! I can't wait for some dry weather to try them out, I doubt in the mud I'll get a feel of the difference in volume. Hopefully they'll have less drag than the 2.3 / 2.1" they replaced.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:51 pm 
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Narrower = faster is a bit of a myth, and sure, take advice from cyclocross; just remember a CX bike is 1/4 road bike, 1/4 off road bike, 1/2 rucksack.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:31 am 
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shogun wrote:
Narrower = faster is a bit of a myth, and sure, take advice from cyclocross; just remember a CX bike is 1/4 road bike, 1/4 off road bike, 1/2 rucksack.

Loving the "rucksack" analogy :D And totally agree with the narrower is faster myth..Sink into or glide over, recently went from 2.00 to 2.4 on my old trek vxr and notice the increase in speed and the tracks I leave are not as deep...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:33 am 
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thin will cut through gloop better....if there's something solid under it! ykt :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:40 am 
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zetecmk2 wrote:
thin will cut through gloop better....if there's something solid under it! ykt :mrgreen:


Yip thats what Ive always found, up until quite recently I'd never go above 1.9 but Ive
moved up to 2.0/2.1 now but thats it.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:49 am 
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The CX guys must cop a hammering...


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:50 am 
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i think with the exception of shock absorbtion and puncture resistance they are generally faster and better.......i like a skinny tyre, it seems to make up for my small man syndrome, and utterly tiny penis....


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:01 am 
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Do we need fat tyres?..why not? we have plenty of fat riders :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:14 am 
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Thin tires must be run hard to avoid snakebites. As a result of high pressure they transfer way more trail chatter vibration to the rider. This causes your teeth to rattle and that causes you to ride slower.
When it comes to mtb tires fatter is better.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:03 am 
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1/2 rucksack? For spares?


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