A few weeks ago I sewed two RR2.4s together to make a lightweight XC 36” tire. Used the tire for almost two weeks commuting to work and while it was a whole lot lighter than my modified TA tire I was not all that impressed with the tire on the road. It had a bit of a buzz to it making the unicycle vibrate a bit and while it wasn’t bad it did pull a bit more on road camber.
The commuting was mostly to test my latest tire joining method and the joints were great.
Yesterday I finally got out to the trail I had in mind when I built the tire. It is a marathon length loop that includes loose sand, rock fields, mud, short steep rolling hills, longer gentler hills, dirt 4X4 track, gravel road, an amazing view, and finishes with the option of 7km of highway or about 9km of trail. I am sort of out of shape so rode the pavement at the end.
Preparing for the ride I re-configured my 36 for the trail. Swapped out the long/low handle for a medium/short handle, took the magura rim brakes off and threw my 150/125 cranks on.
Once I got on the trail the tire had no problem meeting and exceeding my expectations. With the lightweight, high volume tire I was able to ride stuff in 125mm that I had not been able to ride with 137s in the past. It floated on sand better than a 26x3 and worked flawlessly rolling over fist sized rocks and small logs. Cleared mud better than my modified TA, had less rolling resistance and let me ride further, faster, and on looser terrain than ever before.
I was riding with lowish PSI, probably around 25 pounds (can’t find my pressure gage) and the tire did fold on me once on a one foot drop that I took a bit crooked and it was definitely bouncier than I was used to on a 36. I spun out a couple times climbing in sand with the cranks in the 150mm setting but I was able to go further before spinning than ever before. The tire also picked up the odd stone, which would ping on the frame, but all and all I am really happy with the tire.
The tire measures in at 61mm (2.4” just like the sidewall says) and leaves about 4mm of clearance over the tire. I will throw up some pictures as soon as I find my camera. I would also love to find out the actual weight of this tire (my scale must be with my camera and pressure gage) but judging on the weight of the tires I used to build it I would guess about 830g.