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Hey there!

I'm doing the unthinkable, and putting 29er wheels on my old 26er frame. Yep, I know the BB has been raised a ton, but so far so good (riding-wise), and this is only temporary until I have the moolah for a real 29er SS. I just whacked the Mutano 700x44s on there, and they rock (for now!). But I also noticed I have more clearance in the rear - at least 7-8mm (1/3inch) on each side, and around 5-6mm (1/4 inch) between the top of the tyre and the CS and SS braces. These are ENORMOUS too (7005 Al frame), so could be "tweaked" a little with a file to give me another 2-3mm clearance vertically.

With all that in mind, I'm looking for the next fattest tyre I could run in there. Way back I read a comparison of tyre sizes, but no amount of searching this board can find that post. I was interested in the Schwalbe "28" series tyres - I remembered reading that they were small cf. other real 29er tyres, and thus could be just what the doctor ordered for me.

Also DR had a Continental tyre listed that seemed narrow too.

If anyone could help, or point me toward that other or any other helpful post, it'd be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance...

Chris
 

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TheSingleGuy said:
Hey there!

I'm doing the unthinkable, and putting 29er wheels on my old 26er frame. Yep, I know the BB has been raised a ton, but so far so good (riding-wise), and this is only temporary until I have the moolah for a real 29er SS. I just whacked the Mutano 700x44s on there, and they rock (for now!). But I also noticed I have more clearance in the rear - at least 7-8mm (1/3inch) on each side, and around 5-6mm (1/4 inch) between the top of the tyre and the CS and SS braces. These are ENORMOUS too (7005 Al frame), so could be "tweaked" a little with a file to give me another 2-3mm clearance vertically.

With all that in mind, I'm looking for the next fattest tyre I could run in there. Way back I read a comparison of tyre sizes, but no amount of searching this board can find that post. I was interested in the Schwalbe "28" series tyres - I remembered reading that they were small cf. other real 29er tyres, and thus could be just what the doctor ordered for me.

Also DR had a Continental tyre listed that seemed narrow too.

If anyone could help, or point me toward that other or any other helpful post, it'd be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance...

Chris
Continental Vapors, right here:

http://www.speedgoat.com/product.asp?part=100739&cat=320&brand=57

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Thanks all.

Very tight would be OK, because round these parts I don't really encounter any sticky frame-clogging mud.

I'll try to get my hands on a Vapor and a Lil Al, and see how I go.

Happy trails!
 

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TheSingleGuy said:
omg, so if the Vapoo is skinnier than the Schwalbe (an infamously small tyre) how on earth can Conti call it a 2.1? Do they measure on an angle?
Contis are infamously as skinny (for their stated size) as Schwalbes. Nothing new here, and nothing unique to the Vapor. Almost anytime you see a Continental tire, you need to subtract about 10% from the stated width in order to compare it with with other manufacturers' tires.
 
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