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Looking for 26 inch road tyres for a mountain bike

its Marc Avatar
6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Any advice on what tyres to go for? bought a "half price" halfords carrera mtb a few weeks back and as I only ride on road have been advised to switch to road tyres ...... any suggestions what to go with? ebay has many options I see, am like a kid in a sweetshop!
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
Leave the mtb tyres on there until you need new ones, why waste money on something you don't need
#2
aparently they reduce drag and make it all easier etc?

how apt is your screen name by the way!
#3
I recommend Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres. They are pretty much bombproof. Spa Cycles, Harrogate are about the cheapest for these at £21.00 per tyre. I just cycled across the USA on these and did not get a single puncture and have them on my mountain bike as well.
#4
Stillahibby
I recommend Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres. They are pretty much bombproof. Spa Cycles, Harrogate are about the cheapest for these at £21.00 per tyre. I just cycled across the USA on these and did not get a single puncture and have them on my mountain bike as well.


..yeah second that ..ridden this last set for a 18mths ..no a single pun*ture!
you encounter a bit of drag due to the lining in the casing( not sure if its the weight / or the material)
..but this is easily over come by pumping the tyres veeery hard to make them very fiirmm!!.
They really go then !
#5
look at wiggle.co.uk they have loads, just check your tyre width so it will fit your frame...
You are probably looking for "hybrid" tyres. they are usually slightly narrower than pure off-road tyres but still have the knobbles on the side if you do hie a puddle os some mud... and if riding on roads add a "Mr Slime" liner. it really helps with nails, glass etc that you find in the gutter. won't stop a puncture but will probably let you get home still riding the bike and it's easy to clean up and fix a tyre afterwards...
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its Marc
aparently they reduce drag and make it all easier etc?how apt is your screen name by the way!
LOL if your worried about a slight bit of drag, why buy a bike not designed to give the best return for energy put into it on the road
you might find reading this useful
http://www.bicycletube.com/mountain-bike/what-is-an-equivalent-bike-speed-between-mountain-bike-on-pavement-and-high-end-road-bike-on-pavement


Edited By: whatsThePoint on Sep 16, 2010 09:07: added info
#7
A mountain bike suits plenty of people for their easy going handling, robustness and flexibilty for carrying loads. This makes them popular with commuters.

Yes my road bike's faster than my mountain bike. You won't catch me putting 40lb of luggage on it though.

Slicks on your mountain bike will make a significant difference. The rolling resistance is much less, the grip is greater and your tyre wear will be much less compared to knobblies.

The Schwalbe Marathons mentioned in the thread are excellent. Others to consider include Specialized's Nimbus which is available with or without Armadillo sidewalls (offers some protection against pinch-flats caused by kerbs, potholes etc.) for between £15 and £20 is per tyre.

Personal experience of the tyre liners is that they deaden the ride and don't protect all that well. I've had good experience with the self sealing solutions that fix punctures as they occur.

Don't feed the troll.
#8
i have schwalbe cityjetson my mtb. What a huuge difference it makes. Fully recommend using a slicker tyre on an mtb if on the road, you'll move quicker with less effort.
I disagree with above though, i always recommend liners over tube sealing products. They are much lighter, those slimes can add a fair bit of weight! plus the liners DO offer far better protection against punctures. The important part though is keeping your tyres pumped up to good pressures, that with a good set of well fitted liners will stop pretty much all punctures. i know as i have not had a puncture since i started using liners, approx 7 years ago.
banned#9
Duggie_22
A mountain bike suits plenty of people for their easy going handling, robustness and flexibilty for carrying loads. This makes them popular with commuters.Yes my road bike's faster than my mountain bike. You won't catch me putting 40lb of luggage on it though.Slicks on your mountain bike will make a significant difference. The rolling resistance is much less, the grip is greater and your tyre wear will be much less compared to knobblies.The Schwalbe Marathons mentioned in the thread are excellent. Others to consider include Specialized's Nimbus which is available with or without Armadillo sidewalls (offers some protection against pinch-flats caused by kerbs, potholes etc.) for between £15 and £20 is per tyre.Personal experience of the tyre liners is that they deaden the ride and don't protect all that well. I've had good experience with the self sealing solutions that fix punctures as they occur.Don't feed the troll.



Extra weight of mtb over road bike = lots of extra energy to move it same distance
Lower gearing of mtb over road bike = lots of extra energy to cover same distance
Position of rider on mtb causing drag over road bike = lots of extra energy to cover same distance
MTB tyres over road tyres = possibly no extra energy needed to cover same distance

I'll be generous and say tyres can add 1% to the amount of extra energy needed to get to the same place as a road/hybrid bike, hardly worth the expense of changing them early
Early being the key word, because it sounds like the op has just started riding the bike and they aren't going to benefit from a £50 set of tyres on a £250 halfords bike
#10
whatsThePoint
Duggie_22
A mountain bike suits plenty of people for their easy going handling, robustness and flexibilty for carrying loads. This makes them popular with commuters.Yes my road bike's faster than my mountain bike. You won't catch me putting 40lb of luggage on it though.Slicks on your mountain bike will make a significant difference. The rolling resistance is much less, the grip is greater and your tyre wear will be much less compared to knobblies.The Schwalbe Marathons mentioned in the thread are excellent. Others to consider include Specialized's Nimbus which is available with or without Armadillo sidewalls (offers some protection against pinch-flats caused by kerbs, potholes etc.) for between £15 and £20 is per tyre.Personal experience of the tyre liners is that they deaden the ride and don't protect all that well. I've had good experience with the self sealing solutions that fix punctures as they occur.Don't feed the troll.




Extra weight of mtb over road bike = lots of extra energy to move it same distance
Lower gearing of mtb over road bike = lots of extra energy to cover same distance
Position of rider on mtb causing drag over road bike = lots of extra energy to cover same distance
MTB tyres over road tyres = possibly no extra energy needed to cover same distance

I'll be generous and say tyres can add 1% to the amount of extra energy needed to get to the same place as a road/hybrid bike, hardly worth the expense of changing them early
Early being the key word, because it sounds like the op has just started riding the bike and they aren't going to benefit from a £50 set of tyres on a £250 halfords bike


You'll be wrong.
#11
thanks for the advice folks, i'd give rep if I could work out how to do it now the sites been downgraded/updated!

the reason I bought a mtb was purely weight related (mine!)
#12
whatsThePoint
its Marc
aparently they reduce drag and make it all easier etc?how apt is your screen name by the way!

LOL if your worried about a slight bit of drag, why buy a bike not designed to give the best return for energy put into it on the road
you might find reading this useful

http://www.bicycletube.com/mountain-bike/what-is-an-equivalent-bike-speed-between-mountain-bike-on-pavement-and-high-end-road-bike-on-pavement




thanks for that link, interesting reading while eating my pizza (d'oh!) ...... you are probably right that I should stick with what ive got until I wear them out or slim down a bit to be able to get on a road bike without snapping it!
#13
whatsThePoint
Duggie_22
A mountain bike suits plenty of people for their easy going handling, robustness and flexibilty for carrying loads. This makes them popular with commuters.Yes my road bike's faster than my mountain bike. You won't catch me putting 40lb of luggage on it though.Slicks on your mountain bike will make a significant difference. The rolling resistance is much less, the grip is greater and your tyre wear will be much less compared to knobblies.The Schwalbe Marathons mentioned in the thread are excellent. Others to consider include Specialized's Nimbus which is available with or without Armadillo sidewalls (offers some protection against pinch-flats caused by kerbs, potholes etc.) for between £15 and £20 is per tyre.Personal experience of the tyre liners is that they deaden the ride and don't protect all that well. I've had good experience with the self sealing solutions that fix punctures as they occur.Don't feed the troll.




Extra weight of mtb over road bike = lots of extra energy to move it same distance
Lower gearing of mtb over road bike = lots of extra energy to cover same distance
Position of rider on mtb causing drag over road bike = lots of extra energy to cover same distance
MTB tyres over road tyres = possibly no extra energy needed to cover same distance

I'll be generous and say tyres can add 1% to the amount of extra energy needed to get to the same place as a road/hybrid bike, hardly worth the expense of changing them early
Early being the key word, because it sounds like the op has just started riding the bike and they aren't going to benefit from a £50 set of tyres on a £250 halfords bike


I'm going to take a guess that none of your comments so far are based on experience or consideration for the needs and wants of the OP.

They want to use a mountain bike for the reasons stated. They want to make it easier to ride.

Round wheels require less effort to roll than one with corners. A chunky MTB tyre effectively has corners. Brilliant on the soft stuff, compromised on the smooth.
#14
I have a set of slicks on my MTB think they are called fatboy or something, I really aint that fussed about weight,drag or anything like that as I dont take cycling seriously. But I have noticed I can corner faster with a lot more confidence than on off road tyres.
#15
topics pretty much covered here i see some good advice
#16
agreed, thankyou for your time people :)

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