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Decent slicks for a mountain bike?(13 posts)

Decent slicks for a mountain bike?girchygirchy
Jul 7, 2002 9:24 AM
Hello all, I posted a while back about getting an inexpensive road bike to complement my MBT, but decided to put that off for a while and use slicks on my MTB until I can afford something with Ultegra. Is the difference between slicks and knobbies on the road noticable? I figure it will be, so what are some decent, inexpensive slick tires that will fit MTB rims? Also, what tire pressures would you fill them to? Thanks everybody!
Jul 7, 2002 9:31 AM
I like specialized fatboys for fast road use. they're the only 26" tires I know of that go up to 100psi or so. narrow too. and slick, no tread. they used to make them with "flak jacket" protection too, like a mr tuffy tire liner built in. great commuter tire. conti town and countrys are cool too but a bit wider and with more tread. those only go to about 60 psi.
Why do you suppose they call them "Fatboys" ?Spoke Wrench
Jul 7, 2002 3:06 PM
At 1.25 inches, they're really pretty skinny.
Vredestein S-lickscoonass
Jul 7, 2002 10:02 AM
are rated 80psi, but pump to 100psi without any problems...I use 'Black', but they do come in 5 other colors, if that's your choice..they are also kevlar based; one flavor of width: 1.33
Jul 7, 2002 12:23 PM
I rode every day for 3 years with the fatboys from Specialized, I think. They are inexpensive and "bulletproof."

There no other superior choice other than the fatboys... I rode alot of others too. If someone knows a superior choice, I would like to hear it, though...
Who sells them online? (nm)Starliner
Jul 7, 2002 5:06 PM
Jul 7, 2002 6:09 PM
Ritchey has a 26x1.0 Tom Slick that's pretty good, fast and light if you get the kevlar version. I don't think it's as good for flat resistance and mileage as the specialized, but as a pure speedy mtb/road tire, it's pretty good.

They don't sell 'em in the U.S. and I'm not even sure if they sell 'em at all, but Michelin does make Axial Pro's in a 26-inch size. Seen them on pro bikes. That would be the way to go!
2nd the Tom Slickscyclejim
Jul 7, 2002 9:02 PM
I have the 1.4s and they are great. Excellent all around.
re: Decent slicks for a mountain bike?kyvdh
Jul 7, 2002 6:39 PM
IRC Smoothies. Used to be able to get them at for about $12.95. 1.25 inch and hold 100psi. I ran them for about 3000 miles before selling my MTB. My son has been riding his over 4000 miles and still going strong (he only weighs about 100 lbs).

It does make a significant difference over knobbies.

Conti Avenuesp chop
Jul 8, 2002 12:27 AM
I verily glowed about them in my last smoothies post; since then my aves. have showed wire from multiple tire lever usage (which was YES necessary because they were indeed WAY as tight as some others have posted before; got the helpful crank bros speed lever too late).

However, the other two aves. that each got over 5,ooo mi one summer proved durable and FAST when at the upper pressure limit. Good traction on bad surfaces, great in rain, but no unneccesary extra rubber like a lot of semislicks. They do have a light amount of siping that is the tread.

Which brings again the main thing -- the ride. Fast, that's what I thought. Though I have cussed at them for their tightness. If color matters, they come with a (I love it) nice rustwall, which is kinda reddish chestnut brown; might not compliment all color schemes, though.

Hope that helps.
re: Decent slicks for a mountain bike?velocity
Jul 8, 2002 7:20 AM
If you use fatboys or similar slicks, you will definitely notice the difference vs. knobbies on the road. On the road, you'll feel like you're flying.

Problem I had with fatboys on my mtb/commuter bike is that they are indeed very slick in wet weather. If you do put 'em on, you'll notice a significant drop in traction vs. knobbies and will need to pay a lot more attention to the road surface than you probably currently do when you ride your mtb on the road.
what about Specialized Nimbus?girchygirchy
Jul 8, 2002 9:01 AM
Anybody tried these? They look like treaded FatBoys kinda, I figured they'd be better in the wet.
what about Specialized Nimbus?velocity
Jul 8, 2002 9:16 AM
Haven't tried them but seem like a better option if you're planning to ride in dry and wet conditions.