I was encouraged by a simply fanstastic pavement ride today on my 26x1.25" slick. Smooth and easy to pedal, it feels like you’re floating on air. Even when I went on some hardpacked dirt the slick tire felt just great.
So I hunted for 24" slick tires and came up with 3 tires in addition to the Dyno Kruiser Fireball 24x3.0" (out of production) and the IRC Metro 24x2.0" (seemingly impossible to find unless you travel to Japan).
IRC Triathlon: 24x1.0", 125 psi, 220gm. This tire should get that rolling resistance down! If you pump it anywhere near 100psi it’ll certainly ache the ol’ behind. Air seat mandatory. I’m not sure tires get any thinner.
Panaracer Technova II semislick: 24x1.0", 94-123 psi, 200gm. When you compare this tire to the 24x3.0 Gazz at 1350gm you’ll simply forget you even have a tire.
Terry Fat Girl slick: 24x1.25", $24US. Terry makes custom bicycles for women. This tire, made by Vee Rubber in Thailand, is a copy of the Specialized Fat Boy which used to make a 24x1.25", but stopped. This tire has no specs on the Terry site, but looks pretty promising. If you purchase and use this tire please tell me if it’s good. It may even bring out your feminine side…
Because these tires are very skinny, you should ensure that your rim is at least the same width as or skinnier than the tire.
Check out all my findings of 24" slicks as well as a large collection of 26" slicks. You’ll quickly notice that there is so much more variety of 26" slicks, and no, I don’t have MTB envy.
I’ll be hyperlinking tire prices when I have time, but remember, I don’t sell tires.
Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada