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Old 03-25-2017, 09:43 PM
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Big Apple 26X2.35 tires are on my cruiser bike, 57mm wide on 30mm internal width rims; they're comfortable.

I've run the 2.15 Almotion rear with 2.35 Super Moto front, 2.0 Kojak rear with 2.15 Almotion front, 26X2.00 Kojak rear with 27.5X42 Compass front. Handling wasn't significantly different, although I did experience pedal strike with the small Kojak in the rear, which was a painful lesson learned.

I also ran a 27.5X42 rear with 26X2.15 front, both shared the same tire OD measurement, but the rear was narrower. Turn-in seemed a bit quicker & tighter.
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Old 03-26-2017, 01:04 AM
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Hill pal, I like your bike.

Where in Texas are you?
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:19 PM
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A few recent changes. Shimano XTR M985 crankset with 48.8mm chainline, Shimano FD-M986, hybrid SRAM/Shimano 8 sprocket cassette, and Continental SpeedKing 2.2 tires. The cassette was pared down for efficiency in the gears I use most, within the relative outboard chainline. Different chainline dictated a different FD, which didn't shift well with 44/30T chainring pairing, so currently running 42/30T chainset for cleaner front shifting performance.



The Black Chili compound Continental SpeedKing 2.2 tires have great dry pavement traction, fair cornering traction on hard-pack sand, crushed granite, and caliche. The tires are lightweight at 430grams, measure 61mm worn-in on Derby rims, and are very supple. The downside to their suppleness is little puncture protection, however, they mounted tubeless easy & secure, which paid dividends on the first ride. Tire construction is impressive; flawless bead, no lumps, hop, or wobble.

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:10 PM
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This has got to be the coolest bike on the forum. I love that you're constantly tinkering to get it perfect.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:56 PM
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Such a neat rig. I wasn't aware of this tire and it may be a good tire for hardpack on my 650b bike.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:04 PM
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Running these tires on my dropbar Litespeed Unicoi, roll great on pavement but decent on dirt and moderate looseness

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Such a neat rig. I wasn't aware of this tire and it may be a good tire for hardpack on my 650b bike.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:05 AM
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Cool bike, it is begging for an add on electric motor!!
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:28 PM
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Schwalbe Super Moto tires have returned, and the bike has a new suspension fork. Fox Step-Cast 32 AX with 40mm of pain saving travel.

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Old 06-09-2017, 06:17 PM
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nice bike.
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:45 AM
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First Fox AX I've seen "in the wild!"
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Old 06-12-2017, 12:19 PM
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I love this fork. The AX is marketed for "gravel", but it excels on broken city streets, sidewalks, and rough road. An unexpected benefit is improved cornering stability.

Compared to my steel fork, with axle & crown race installed on each, there's only a 280 gram difference in weight.
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