Okay, so in contast to all the fat tires that “hog” the attention, this here thread is for the little guys, skinny is the new fat!
I recently swapped my Knard (29 x 3") for a Racing Ralph EVO 29 x 2.1", this is the redesigned Racing Ralph with a directionless tread. At first glance/feel, the new RR appears to be a little more “robust” in the casing, volume is on par with most 2.1" tires; it ain’t that big
I mounted my skinny RR on a Velocity Blunt P35 rim (35mm), which fit quite nicely and would be great for tubeless, but for now I’m running a tube.
The first ride ended up being an epic, ~seven miles of up and down single track with a two mile DH section, a few miles of gravel, and a few miles of road. Of course the road and gravel sections were easy to roll, but what suprised me was how well this tire handled real muni.
A narrower tire is lighter and more agile than a fatty, so it was really easy to ride, a nice climber, and I had no problems negotiating root bundles and rock gardens. I ran the RR 2.1 at ~ 25psi, which was firm enough to prevent casing fold while still providing a nice cushion.
On the downhill I was convinced I’d be walking drops and/or popping the tube, but the RR contd to amaze, handling drops, water bars, rock gardens, and too many chicken head sections to count. I didn’t suffer any sidewall fold and I never flatted.
Hey Alice, I never did ride the Advantage before cutting them up for the 32", but it is a popular tire, kinda like an Ardent but with a linear edge knobby. It’s got a more pronounced tread than a Racing Ralph, on par with an Ardent. The EXC casing would be good for uni, I have the silkweight casing and I wish it was stiffer.
Like lil bo peep, those tires just seem to find their way home
I was looking for a “anti Knard” to fit my 29" wheel, the Racing Ralph wasn’t even on the radar as I had ridden it in years past and found it to be very flimsy, but I saw the new RR at an LBS and it seemed like a much improved design, so I bought it.
I don’t know how it would run on a 42mm rim, probably not much different than on a 35mm rim, for sure the sidewalls would be more vertical. I think a 47mm rim would overstretch the casing and make it prone to folding or coming off the rim.
When using mtb width tires (1.9-2.2"), I think it’s important to use rims that fit the narrower tires, even a 35mm rim is really still quite wide for a typical mtb tire; typical widths are 20-25mm or so.
Yeah when I saw the thread title I thought you meant ‘skinny’ tyres like what you see on track racing bikes and stuff
Still, I’m all for your idea of ‘skinny’, these ridiculous 4" tyres I’ve seen on here look awesome but I can imagine it being like a bouncy castle when you take it anywhere
To contribute - I’m still running the Kenda Karma that came with my 29er, and I ride it basically everywhere, and it’s worked so far and doesn’t seem to have worn at all yet (roughly 10 miles a day for the past 2 months). I’m not a man of many words, or of much experience with tyres so can’t write a real review until my tyre dies and needs replacing, so I have a comparison
I had the same tyre on my 29er and replaced it when the middle tread was dead-slick. You will see that modern multi-use tyres can be grippy while silent and smooth… The humming the Karma does when riding on the road will be no more (except if you take a big knobs tyre to replace it).