Right, as a bit of an addendum to what I wrote earlier this morning -
I've just fitted a pair of the new(ish) On-One tyres to my singlespeed (Chunky Monkey 29"x2.4" and Smorgasbord 26"x2.25", both dual compound "Trail Extreme). These are on Sun Ringle EQ27 rims with yellow tape.
The Smorgasbord was in good shape from the word go and just needed a blast with the ghetto "pneumatic accumulator" to seat it (with the valve core removed, of course). Then 60ml of sealant, re-inflate, swiftly fit the core, inflate to 25 psi and it's good to go.
The Chunky Monkey looked sort of creased when I unpacked it yesterday, so I fitted it to the wheel yesterday evening with a tube in and left it in a warm place overnight.
This morning it looked in better shape and went on just the same as the rear after that.
Took less than 30 minutes for both.
The relevance to this thread is that -
a) these are both made by Maxxis on, I believe, Ardent carcasses so will have the same sizing
b) neither required levers to fit so could be seen as "loose fitting".
I'm confident that they'll be fine (more than fine, in fact), they have good sidewall integrity (no pinhole leaks) have that nice Maxxis "supetacky" feel on the shoulder studs and they're cheap, to boot.
Tyres are my real weakness - you can keep your flashy boutique components, just give me tyres to play with
Out for a test ride now, before it rains