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650 Cyclocross tiresJosh-at-excelsports
Dec 10, 2002 9:49 AM
A customer just called about 650 cyclocross tires for his kid. Does anyone know of any 650's that are made or who carries them?
Dec 10, 2002 11:08 AM
The only ones I know of are Tufo 650c tubs. Jenn Dial used them because they were the only ones she could get.

If anyone would be able to figure this one out it would be the guys on this board, tho. Unfortunately I no longer work "in" the industry so I'm distanced a bit from recent specs.

You may have to settle for a beefy hybrid spec. I searched every db I know of. QBP carried some cheap Czech 650c clinchers a few years back (forget the name) but no more.

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I asked some guys who might know...Wayne
Dec 11, 2002 4:52 AM
and they couldn't come up with anything other than "why don't you ask Jen Dial?"
So if you could track her down she might be able to help.
i.f. ????p lo
Dec 11, 2002 8:40 AM
wasn't she riding for I.F. then? maybe you can call them and see if they know?
yes, and when she did, she used Tufo tubieslonefrontranger
Dec 11, 2002 9:51 AM
I know her race wheels had Tufos on them. She mentioned something about finding some cheap Czech (or somewhere) knobby clinchers for a training set. Don't recall the name of the co., and also haven't seen them advertised for a couple years.

This is precisely why I don't bother with 650s, even tho Jen highly recommended them to me.

I think the best option for the original poster is to get a decent light wheelset and 1.5" lowpro knobs for the MTB. A good wheelset will go a *long* way towards making the bike feel and handle quite a bit lighter. Kids grow out of bikes pretty fast; he may not even need a 650 spec by next year's cross season.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was...Wayne
Dec 11, 2002 9:52 AM
an IF. She did our team's cross clinic at the beginning of last season. At the time I think she was living in the D.C. area.
i.f. ????EricTSV
Dec 11, 2002 2:24 PM
The bike that Jen Dial rode was an IF. The first year she rode for them she used 26" wheels not 650. On that bike she was using a set of 1.5 kenda tires.

The second year she rode for IF she switched over to 700c wheels and was running Tufos. She switched to 700 because there is no 26" tire that meets the uci tire size requirement.

Last year Jen was living near Annapolis but I think she may have moved and from what I understand she has quit racing.
i.f. ????Josh-at-excelsports
Dec 11, 2002 9:10 PM
The customers son already had a road bike and was hoping to put some thin cross tires on it. I never saw any 650's but was hoping that there would be something like a Vittoria tigre or mastercross that was pretty thin and would still fit with his calipers. It seems like it is even more rare than I expected!

Thanks for the help everyone!