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I don't want to buy a road bike, but was thinking about buying an extra pair of disc wheels instead and running street tires or slicks on them. Then just switching them out.This would be for riding to work or riding with the wife etc when not off road.

Anyone try this?

I imagine hub spacing is critical for both sets of wheels?
 

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I don't want to buy a road bike, but was thinking about buying an extra pair of disc wheels instead and running street tires or slicks on them. Then just switching them out.This would be for riding to work or riding with the wife etc when not off road.

Anyone try this?

I imagine hub spacing is critical for both sets of wheels?
Go for it. I swap wheels regularly
 

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I imagine hub spacing is critical for both sets of wheels?
To be on the safe side, you should use hubs and rotors of the same type. I used to do this with my 26" CAAD4 mtb and it worked beautifully. Yes, you don't need a 29er to do this. 700c rims and 23mm road tires fit in most (I think all) 26" mtb frames. The only thing you obviously need is a disc brake.
 

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Yep. I do it all the time. Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are great, as are the Big Apples. We've got both at our house.
 
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MAVIC SpeedCity wheelset is awesome.

another "blended" option would be to possibly use a tyre that can do both?

i.e. WTB Vulpine, NanoRaptor, etc..

if you can discover a tire you like that would suite dual duties... thats a whole lot cheaper than 2 wheelsets, cogs, rotors, etc...
 

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My rigid bike has 28c bomb-proof kevlar belted slicks on it more often than knobbies.

It makes for an awesome Crappy Roads/Winter Road Bike. Then easily converts to a painfully knobby-shod dirt rig in the summer.

I think the only caveat is that the tire width should equal or exceed your inner rim width, to be extra safe.
 

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I do this too, I find riding on road MUCH more fun than my road bike (I gave my road bike away because of it).

Most of the speed of a road bike, but you can have more fun, you have nimble steering, you can hop curbs, huck stairs and have hydraulic brakes for when a car gets in front of you.
 

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+1 of Schwalbe big apples
 
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my favorite tyres are Vulpines
typically about 3,000 miles out of a set
I used them on my attempt at the Tour Divide
rode them Eureka to Morro Bay
California Triple Crown 2009
I just put on a new set today... maybe that is my 5th or 6th set
typically around $40ea
under 600gm
I've used them with stans, cafe latex and of course tubes too.
 

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SelfPropelledDevo said:
my favorite tyres are Vulpines
typically about 3,000 miles out of a set
I used them on my attempt at the Tour Divide
rode them Eureka to Morro Bay
California Triple Crown 2009
I just put on a new set today... maybe that is my 5th or 6th set
typically around $40ea
under 600gm
I've used them with stans, cafe latex and of course tubes too.
Nice! The Tour Divide looks nightmarish. I just watched a documentary on it. Pretty cool
 

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another "blended" option would be to possibly use a tyre that can do both?

i.e. WTB Vulpine, NanoRaptor, etc..

Running WTB Nanos rather than slicks on an extra set of wheels for my Dawes 29 single speed for commuting and hitting the local trails on my way home. The other set of wheels have tires more suited to off roading.
 

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WTB Vulpine 29x2.1 rear and Kenda Small Block 8 29x2.1 rear.
 

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Here's what I built someone else on this forum called it a road rat, I like it.
It has a JBC 26er 1030gram carbon frame.
Cyclocross carbon forks.
29er spinergey wheels.
23mm ultremo tyres.
Compact road crank.
And lots of other carbon parts for a totalbike weight of 8kg or 17.5 pounds.
I have a pinarello road bike but have more fun riding this. :D


 

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Sorry to hijack

Hello all,

I have a question related to the OP's. I've got a Karate Monkey that i wanna run two wheelsets on, like the OP. I want to run Big Apples as my slicks for commuting.

The question is do I go with the 2.0" or 2.35" Big Apples? Any thoughts?

As a side note, I have a crosscheck that I have been commuting on, running 40mm tires but I want to run the Monkey with fat tires so I don't have to worry about the potholes or curbs.

Thanks and sorry to hijack,

Winky
 
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