Posted 09 October 2019 - 07:31 PM
Posted 09 October 2019 - 08:39 PM
Posted 09 October 2019 - 08:58 PM
Thanks for the advice. I was hoping for the gash in the current tires to force the need for new ones. I hate to replace stuff prematurely, but I also dislike the rough ride.
Simply going tubeless with the wheel/tire setup you have will be an improvement. If your current wheel/tire setup will allow. Larger tires will be an even further improvement both in traction (tire choice depending) and cushiness. The question is, how much are you willing to fork out for those added benefits? A set of tires can easily run you upwards of $100. Add in sealant (and possibly tubeless tape) and labor charges if you don’t work on your own bike, and you could be lookin at a close to $200 bill. If you can stretch that possible $200 setup til next year when you acquire said full suspension, I personally think it’s worth it. Hopefully you don’t get a 1”-2” gash in the sidewall of those nice new Maxxis tires you’re lookin at on the first ride though.
Another question, how low can I go on current setup? The tire says 35 pounds, I am trying going down to 30, but don't want to damage the wheels.
Posted 10 October 2019 - 10:53 AM
What you weigh will determine how low you can go in PSI. With inner tubes, going too low in PSI will make the tubes get pinched by the rims and go flat, snake bite, because that's what it looks like.
Honestly, there's a lot of BS in the bike industry. 27.5, 27.5+, 29, 29+, boost, super boost, etc. Two things that I can say with absolute confidence that aren't BS, is tubeless tires and dropper posts.
Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:24 PM
Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:47 AM
If WTB sticks with the same nomenclature for their SX rims as they do their "i" series, you are probably best to stick with what you have, and keep saving for your upgraded bike.
WTB usually utilizes the "i" designation for their tubeless compatible rims [i23, i25; link @ https://www.wtb.com/...riant=275960880], with the number denoting the bead to bead rim width, in mm. While you COULD run a tire wider than your current 2.25, the relatively narrow rim means you would have to add pressure to the tire to keep the it from wiggling/squirming under the rim, especially in high traction/side load situations.
Not exactly what you are after.
Additionally, you may get lucky, and be able to convert that wheel set to a tubeless set up. Or, your tires may come off the side of the rim without much warning.
Maxxis has some of the most popular tires around here, but spend the extra $$ and get the ones with a EXO designation (most Maxxis off road models will offer this). Those will have the tougher sidewall, which will help the tire live in the sharp, flinty rock we have in the midwest.
Lastly, many of today's hardtail frames don't have the room for anything much bigger than a 2.25 or 2.3 width tire. Be aware of that before you buy another size tire.
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:48 AM
Posted 12 October 2019 - 07:21 PM
Posted 12 October 2019 - 08:26 PM
I looked up the WTB tire and it says TCS.
Posted 13 October 2019 - 06:42 AM
Fairly certain the same is true for the SX19 rims as referenced here: https://forums.mtbr....dy-1051702.html
You would’ve needed to purchase the Trail 5 to get the tubeless compatible rims.
Posted 13 October 2019 - 08:14 AM
Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:55 PM
You said you're new to mt biking and feel beat up on the trails. Could it just be that you're new to mt biking? It's not a very smooth activity.
Posted 13 October 2019 - 01:15 PM
It kinda sucks, but that's the way of the hobby for most people. Most people can't afford 10k for a high end Santa Cruz, and even buying a low end one doesn't make a lot of sense for a novice since you're gonna crash it a few times(probably seriously at least once or five times), you can't ride it to it's ability, and you don't even know if you're gonna stick with the hobby.
If OP isn't fat, 28 PSI should be okay as long as you're not plowing hard into square corners. Once you buy a full suspension, the Cannondale will be a good bike for riding around the neighborhood to keep sharp if there trails are too wet anyway.
Posted 13 October 2019 - 04:20 PM
Posted 26 October 2019 - 08:58 AM
From your great feedback, I know this bike cannot go tubeless. Would it be crazy to upgrade to larger tube tires. If so, is this possible and what size would be best.
I'm already shopping for a full suspension. I believe I will keep this bike for gravel/street rides or give it to my daughter.
Posted 26 October 2019 - 10:48 AM
Most normal frames can't go much bigger than about 2.4 width. That'll depend on the tire manufacturer though. Tire size is like jeans size, 36 in Wrangler isn't 36 in Levi. Plus there's a difference between having a tire that can physically fit in the frame and one that has a comfortable amount of mud and rock clearance. Generally though, 2.25-2.4 is what you can do though.
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