I'd say 2.4-2.5 measured knob to knob. Or tires advertised as 2.3, 2.35, and some 2.4s. Schwalbe tires were generally oversized even before the wider rim movement. The Magic Mary measures closer to 2.5 knob to knob even though it's advertised as 2.35. I wouldn't put anything like Maxxis WTs or tires with profiles specifically made for 30mm and up rims though.
I have a bike with 25mm rims and I'm running 2.3 Maxxis tires. They measure just about 2.3 knob to knob. Non-WT Maxxis tires are undersized by the way.
I would not have a problem running a 2.35" I would also say 2.5" unless it is designed specifically for say a 30-35mm. If you watch World Cup DH there are still top level racers using a DT EX471 which is also 25mm inside width. In years past no one questioned running a Maxxis 2.5" DH tire on a 21mm or 23mm internal width. We also ran 2.8" tires on 29mm width.The opinion is still all over the map from MFG's. Rim depth and bead shape will also play a roll on tire width to rim width choices. I am currently running a rim with a 27mm inner width and have no problems with Schwalbe 2.35 or the new Onza Aquilla 2.4. If I change wheel dia. I may go to a 30mm width unless I decide to do two wheel sets than I will keep the 27mm and the second set will be 35mm for the 2.6" tires. You could also share what rims you have and what tires you want to run for more specific opinions.
I've run 2.6s on 24mm internal DT rims with zero issues whatsoever. Sure, the same tires on wider 34mm internal rims ride nicer due to the ability to retain stability at lower pressures, but it was fine.
2.4 goes perfectly.
you can go bigger but you will need to keep a relatively high tyre pressure to keep enough support. So basically you get all the drawbacks of a bigger tyre (weight, drag) without any of the advantages (grip, comfort) which is why people move to wider rims for wider tyres. The jury is still out though on what the “right-width” for a tyre-rim combination is.
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