Tire Widths Smaller Than Written on Tire

I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width, it’s a
lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall. I feel a little
cheated. If you pay for a 2.6" wide tire I think you should get a 2.6"
tire. I purchased a Kenda Kollosal 24x2.6", mounted it on a 24x1" wide rim
with a standard 24x2.1" inner tube, and the tire measures at a little
under 2.5" wide.

I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
often with guy’s stuff.

Is there something I’m missing here? Maybe they mount the tire on a
certain size rim with a certain size inner tube and if you do all that
then you get the right width? Or does it have to do with temperature,
where the hotter the air is the wider the tire? Is there some standard
that tire manufacturers use when stating their specifications?

Is there some shrinkage that occurs from the manufacturer to when I
receive the tire?

P.S. Does anyone know if Kenda has a web site? I can’t find it.

Don Tai Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk but I live in Toronto


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Have you ever measured a two by four? Weighed a quarter pounder?

Wood is measured before drying, beef before cooking… I would guess
something similar takes place with tires.

— Don Tai <donotreply@interbulletin.bogus>
> wrote: I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width,
> it’s a lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall. I feel a
> little cheated. If you pay for a 2.6" wide tire I think you should get a
> 2.6" tire. I purchased a Kenda Kollosal 24x2.6", mounted it on a 24x1"
> wide rim with a standard 24x2.1" inner tube, and the tire measures at a
> little under 2.5" wide.
>
>I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>often with guy’s stuff.
>
>Is there something I’m missing here? Maybe they mount the tire on a
>certain size rim with a certain size inner tube and if you do all that
>then you get the right width? Or does it have to do with temperature,
>where the hotter the air is the wider the tire? Is there some standard
>that tire manufacturers use when stating their specifications?
>
>Is there some shrinkage that occurs from the manufacturer to when I
>receive the tire?
>
>P.S. Does anyone know if Kenda has a web site? I can’t find it.
>
>Don Tai Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk but I live in Toronto
>
>_______________________________________________
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lutkus@unicyclist.com writes:
>Have you ever measured a two by four? Weighed a quarter pounder?
>
>Wood is measured before drying, beef before cooking… I would guess
>something similar takes place with tires.
I once counted the legs of some centipedes and millipedes. Nowhere near
the advertised number.

Hi,

The width measurement for a tyre is it’s max width - some tyres bulge with
weight on them while others don’t. If you take a look at
http://www.arrowracing.com/default.asp?link=tire you’ll see a listing of
Arrow Racing tyres with their stats. In amongst these you have what’s
called the “Static Width” which they define as “Static width is the tires
true width left to right cleat. It is measured on a 37 mm rim .750” down
from top of tire (overall diameter) with no weight on bike". This is where
your 2.5 will come from I think.

Shameless plug approaching… for future reference when tyre hunting you
can look at the listing of tyres on my site @
http://www.wobbling.unicyclist.com/Tyres/ It’s not every piece of rubber
ever made but there a good few tyres there (no Kenda as yet).

I couldn’t find a site for Kenda either. www.MTBReview.com doesn’t list
them in the links list and they have pretty much (but not all) any company
you could care to mention.

Cheers, Neil

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I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width, it’s a
lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall. I feel a little
cheated. If you pay for a 2.6" wide tire I think you should get a 2.6"
tire. I purchased a Kenda Kollosal 24x2.6", mounted it on a 24x1" wide rim
with a standard
24x2.1" inner tube, and the tire measures at a little under 2.5" wide.

I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
often with guy’s stuff.

Is there something I’m missing here? Maybe they mount the tire on a
certain size rim with a certain size inner tube and if you do all that
then you get the right width? Or does it have to do with temperature,
where the hotter the air is the wider the tire? Is there some standard
that tire manufacturers use when stating their specifications?

Is there some shrinkage that occurs from the manufacturer to when I
receive the tire?

P.S. Does anyone know if Kenda has a web site? I can’t find it.

Don Tai Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk but I live in Toronto


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> I once counted the legs of some centipedes and millipedes. Nowhere near
> the advertised number.

And don’t get me started about TVs and computer monitors…

BTW, if you want your bubble burst a little more, try comparing the tire
diameter with that other number written on the side :slight_smile:

JF

Sometimes this is an advantage! For example, 3" Gazzolodi tires don’t fit
in a DM ATU frame, but Arrow Racing makes a really nice “3"” tire that
does fit in the ATU frame.

-Kris.

— John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> wrote:
> > I once counted the legs of some centipedes and millipedes. Nowhere
> > near the advertised number.
>
> And don’t get me started about TVs and computer monitors…
>
> BTW, if you want your bubble burst a little more, try comparing the tire
> diameter with that other number written on the side :slight_smile:
>
> JF


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“Neil Dunlop” <n.dunlop@kildrummy.co.uk> wrote in message
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<snip>

> I couldn’t find a site for Kenda either. www.MTBReview.com doesn’t list
them
> in the links list and they have pretty much (but not all) any company
> you could care to mention.

Just in case you were still wondering:

<a href="http://www.kendausa.com/">http://www.kendausa.com</a>

–Jason

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<snip>

> I couldn’t find a site for Kenda either. www.MTBReview.com doesn’t list
them
> in the links list and they have pretty much (but not all) any company
> you could care to mention.

Just in case you were still wondering:

<a href="http://www.kendausa.com/">http://www.kendausa.com</a>

–Jason

On 9 May 2001 07:49:37 -0700, dstone@packer.edu (David Stone) wrote:

>I once counted the legs of some centipedes and millipedes. Nowhere near
>the advertised number.

Advertisements are pulling your leg… And then to know that these animal
names translate in Dutch as duizendpoot and miljoenpoot, respectively
(1000-leg and 1,000,000-leg in case you didn’t guess).

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked
automagically from a database:” “Syria, Pretty Good Privacy, Abdelbaset
Al Megrahi”

On 9 May 2001 07:49:37 -0700, dstone@packer.edu (David Stone) wrote:

>I once counted the legs of some centipedes and millipedes. Nowhere near
>the advertised number.

Advertisements are pulling your leg… And then to know that these animal
names translate in Dutch as duizendpoot and miljoenpoot, respectively
(1000-leg and 1,000,000-leg in case you didn’t guess).

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked
automagically from a database:” “Syria, Pretty Good Privacy, Abdelbaset
Al Megrahi”

Don Tai wrote:

> I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width, it’s a
> lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall. I feel a little
> cheated. If you pay for a 2.6" wide tire I think you should get a 2.6"
> tire. I purchased a Kenda Kollosal 24x2.6", mounted it on a 24x1" wide
> rim with a standard 24x2.1" inner tube, and the tire measures at a
> little under 2.5" wide.

I don’t know about standards or anything, but I’ve observed this with my
Nokian Gazzaloddi. It’s specced at 24x3 and it’s really about 24x2.9 or
so. That’s ok by me 'cause it just barely fits in my frame as it is. If it
were really 3" wide, it’d rub the frame.

Greg


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>I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>often with guy’s stuff.

Watch it! I’ll bet there are a lot of female unicyclists who might take
issue with unicycle paraphenalia being called “guy stuff”! :wink:


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>I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>often with guy’s stuff.

Watch it! I’ll bet there are a lot of female unicyclists who might take
issue with unicycle paraphenalia being called “guy stuff”! :wink:


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>I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>often with guy’s stuff.

Watch it! I’ll bet there are a lot of female unicyclists who might take
issue with unicycle paraphenalia being called “guy stuff”! :wink:


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>I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>often with guy’s stuff.

Watch it! I’ll bet there are a lot of female unicyclists who might take
issue with unicycle paraphenalia being called “guy stuff”! :wink:


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>I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>often with guy’s stuff.

Watch it! I’ll bet there are a lot of female unicyclists who might take
issue with unicycle paraphenalia being called “guy stuff”! :wink:


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Yeah, perhaps they consider the width of the tire when it’s mounted on a
wider rim. The other thing it might be is the tread width then the face of
the tire is completely flat.

In article <bmoK6.167$Jz1.143409@nntp1.onemain.com>, “Greg House”
<ghouse@spammenot.southwind.net> wrote:

> Don Tai wrote:
>
>> I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width, it’s a
>> lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall. I feel a little
>> cheated. If you pay for a 2.6" wide tire I think you should get a 2.6"
>> tire. I purchased a Kenda Kollosal 24x2.6", mounted it on a 24x1" wide
>> rim with a standard 24x2.1" inner tube, and the tire measures at a
>> little under 2.5" wide.
>
> I don’t know about standards or anything, but I’ve observed this with my
> Nokian Gazzaloddi. It’s specced at 24x3 and it’s really about 24x2.9 or
> so. That’s ok by me 'cause it just barely fits in my frame as it is. If
> it were really 3" wide, it’d rub the frame.
>
> Greg

Don Tai <donotreply@interbulletin.bogus> wrote:
> I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width, it’s a
> lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall.
snip
> I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
> often with guy’s stuff.

I thought it was a bloke problem actully. Afterall you are the ones

inches. :wink:

sarah


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In article <18bgd9.dm1.ln@vimes.u-net.com>, Sarah Miller <sarah@vimes.u-
net.com> writes
>Don Tai <donotreply@interbulletin.bogus> wrote:
>> I’m finding that after you mount a new tire and check the width, it’s a
>> lot smaller than the width they write on the sidewall.
>snip
>> I understand this happens in women’s fashions, but it does not happen
>> often with guy’s stuff.
>
>I thought it was a bloke problem actully. Afterall you are the ones

>inches.
>
>sarah
>
Wow that looks a lot more than six inches

apologies I couldn’t resist

Regards

Phil (who boasts)

Static Widths of Tires.

I thought that it would be a good idea to recall this old thread from the past. I wrote Arrow Racing about thier Tires Static Widths and Gus (The owner and Designer.) gave me a nice answer. Apparently the Wide Bite has a much taller profile and it gets mushed down more when riding in order to leave a true 3" wide imprint on the ground.

By the way the dimensions of wood are given before plaining. A 2x4 is 2"x4" when it is rough hewn. Plaining it takes off about a quarter of an inch on every side.

Unicorn