Tires whats the widest tire i can use?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by Mike Hunt, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Mike Hunt

    Mike Hunt Member

    i used to have 26x1.95 tires, then i had a sidewall break on one of the tires, and i replaced them with some cheap 26x1.5. however i like the fat tire look, and i will be shopping around for fatter tires. im running standard mountain bike rims... how much wider can i make the tires?

  2. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    What kind of

    Drive system are you using Chain, belt, friction etc....
  3. Mike Hunt

    Mike Hunt Member

    chain driven happy time
  4. AussieJester

    AussieJester Member

    Depends on the rim, i have 20x4.25 on the back of can get 4 inch 24 and 26in rims to suit...the "fat look' on cruisers is usually obtained with 3inch rims and tire combo...All available from ChoppersUS

  5. DougC

    DougC Guest

    There isn't any "standard" width of mtn rims. IDeally you want the wider rims you can get, but most (USA) MTBs come with rims only around an inch wide. Lots of cruiser 26" rims are 1.25 to 1.5 inches wide; a couple are even wider.

    As for wide tires:
    the Schwalbe Big Apples at 2.3" are pretty big; they have two widths of 2" and 2.3" available. Many frames will take the 2.3" but many fenders will not--and you may have chain rubbing issues on many bikes (that is--both the pedals chain and the engine chain may rub the tire...).

    There is also at least one company making a 26" x 3" tire, I forget which it is (Electra or Nirve? somebody else probably knows) but this isn't likely to fit on many frames that weren't meant for it originally. And mounting it on a narrow rim is silly anyway, because you'd have to pump the pressure up really high, which is the opposite of what you want.