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Big KnobbiesNew Guy
Aug 2, 2001 4:55 PM
Just bought a Trek X1 closeout killer deal on a 2000. What is the biggest tire available its has 35 IRC Crosscountry. A few years ago one of my riding buddies had a cross bike with Ritchey 38 WCS Z-Max are they still around any tire info would be appreciated.
Aug 3, 2001 5:04 AM
makes a Mt Cross, sidewall says 38, check website for info
re: Big KnobbiesBAM
Aug 3, 2001 7:16 PM
Try a pair of Ritchey ZEDs in 42c. I have a set for my Surly and they are large.
Ritchey ZEDs in 42c??Jan Gerrit Klok
Aug 4, 2001 11:21 AM

Please tell me about your experiences with these? We like to make 700c a hit over here in Holland and the rest of Europe, are already selling Surly. The one in the store has even wider tires, but not really raceable ones, more for road use I'm affraid.

Greetings from Holland,

Jan Gerrit
Ritchey ZEDs in 42c??BAM
Aug 4, 2001 3:08 PM
Haven`t had the chance to really try them yet. They are for offroad use not for racing. They do measure true at 42mm (outside lug to outside lug). They make the bike look like a 29" MTB instead of a cyclecross bike. Quite a bit of rolling resistance on hard surfaces, but good traction in the soft. Still need to take on my favorite mtb trails.
Ritchey ZEDs in 42c??Jan Gerrit Klok
Aug 5, 2001 4:22 AM
29" ATB's is something we don't have here yet, but we're really interested in what it may offer. I measure 6'4" so it just might be something for me to find some extra speed.
Keep us posted please!
29" atb`sjeffroman
Aug 6, 2001 5:14 PM
There are quite a few builders here that are building 29`s.Fisher is coming out with a production model next year.I hear Gary Fisher won the Master Worlds on one a couple years back.Rock Lobster has been doing it for quite awhile now,I saw one back in 92.Willits, out of Crested Butte, does only the big wheels and is one of the biggest proponants of the idea.Matt Chester from Leadvill Co. is building me one as we speak.Ti. S.S. only.The tire and suspension manufactuers are jumping on the band wagon now and it should`nt be long before you see it over seas.By the way,everyone I have personally talked to that has ridden one rants and raves about how they ride.It could just be the perfect allarounder.
29" atb`sJan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 7, 2001 9:37 PM
It all sounds very promising, but there's one big 'but' : In official mtb races only 26" rims are allowed...
So, till there comes a competitive 29" racing category, it will be a fun-only bike.
Still, I'm very anxious to see what comes from this, and what models will be introduced over the coming period.

Suspension? Isn't that hard with such big wheels? Because the wheels are larger, there's no room for both a fast riding position and a decent travel, or is there?

Is it true that 29" is mostly interesting for taller riders (Due to size restrictions and weight), or also for the sub- 6-footers?

Hmmm, I just thought of the 29's potential in open beachraces, should Vredestein offer us a 700c-version of their B-each tire...
29" atb`sSetzer
Aug 8, 2001 11:20 AM
He Jan Gerrit,

29" or 700c aren't allowed on the Beach Classic either, officially. But you could try it who's gonna check 1500+ mtbers anyway. Remember the second edition the one that Wim de Vos won on his custom Empella, 26", drop bars and I believe Michelin tires, don't know the type. He didn't use bigger tires/wheels either, it'sjust that cx-ers have a bigger chance of winning those kind of races.
Will you race the Brinta Beach Classic this year.
It's great to see some new dutchmen on the board.

29" atb`sJan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 9, 2001 2:22 PM
Hey Setzer,

I was referring to another race, the Egmond-Pier-Egmond. Every year some starters from the international 'cross races. One Japanese guy I met there twice.

The Beach Classic is also on my calandar again this year, in the past episode I totally died there with major winds at the start, my 44-12 didn't keep up with the 55km/h cruising pace, I cramped totally and paddled back, losing major time.
official MTB.?Jeffroman
Aug 8, 2001 8:09 PM
All excellent questions.As far as race restrictions go,there are none in N.O.R.B.A. compitition.I have a friend who stands 5'6" and rides a Willits with a suspension adjusted ridged fork and drop bars.He runs a shorter stem then his usual cross set up but otherwise it is not out of the ordinary.Toe over lap seems to be the biggest concern so they tend to have a longer t.t. and shorter stem.I`ll be able to answer more questions once I build up my bike.It will be a m.t.b. so when I post the pictures I`m sure I`ll get flamed.