Downhill Mountain Bikes – Tires

The thickest and most durable tires can be found on downhill mountain bikes, where traction and resistance to puncture are paramount. The thicknesses range from 2.2 to 2.8 inches, and they come with reinforced sidewalls. The rubber is soft and casing thick, with large treads for easy gripping. What makes them ideal for downhill biking makes them impractical for other uses, as they are difficult to pedal on.

Around 2005, the use of tubeless tires became widespread. They can be more reliable, provide a more supple ride, and run at a lower pressure for increased traction. If they puncture, they can be more difficult to fix, but backup tubes can be used in a pinch. The use of an internal sealant can prevent loss of pressure, but the rim and tires must be compatible.

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Bikerumor » New Road and Mountain Bicycle Tires from Continental – Michelin has just unveiled three new tires for the XC through Freeride crowd. The three models, the Grip’R, the Race’R and the Rock’R carry over the same names as the tires they introduced at Sea Otter Classic last year but get some updates. …

Singletracks » Tubeless Mountain Biking Guide – We get a lot of questions about tubeless mountain bike tires here on Singletracks, so I thought it was time to put together a tubeless guide. I’m not going to get into specific brands and …

www.sheldonbrown.com » Bicycle Tires and Tubes – Manufacturers mix different additives with the rubber to achieve desired traction/wear characteristics. Generally, a softer formulation will give better traction, but at the expense of more rapid wear. Rubber is normally a sort of tan color, but most tires are black. …

SingleTracks » The Best Tires for Mountain Biking the Southwest & Rockies – Here in the Rocky Mountains we don’t really have mud to deal with and serious roots exist only on some specific, high altitude trails. Most of our trails are rocky, sandy, hardpack, or all of the above. Almost any brand name mountain bike tire …

Tech How-To: Ghetto Tubeless for Mountain Bikes – A little while ago I posted an article on Tubeless MTB tires. In it, I briefly mentioned a DIY method for going tubeless: the ‘ghetto’ method. As it turns out, there are two different ghetto methods people seem to be …

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