I’m thinking of building a 24" Muni… I’ll be using a 24" Nimbus Muni frame with magura brake mounts and I need a decent tyre for it… I really like the look of the Duro Leapard Tyre but I’ve heard some bad things about it and it sounds like it also may not fit under the frame…
So what I’m wandering is what are the best Municycle tyres at the moment and will they fit under my Nimbus Frame??
Depends what you’re using it for and what tyres are available in your wheelsize. I do like my Gazzaloddi on the 26" Muni, and on my 29’er I love the Motoraptor (if only it was bigger volume- it would be perfect). I currently have an exiwolf ont he 29’er which is a little round and not very grippy for the terrain I ride.
I don’t ride my 24" enough to care that it has a Duro on it- can’t be bothered sourcing anything better.
I wouldn’t worry too much about the exact tyre choice - everybody likes different ones and you won’t know what you like until you’ve tried it. The Duro is pretty good in most people’s opinion (I like it - in fact I actually prefer a rounder profile, unlike Ken - we’re all different). Lots of people like the squarer Gazz, but they’re pretty hard to get now AFAIK. Or you could try something a bit lighter like a 2.4 or 2.6" - the Conti Rubber Queen 2.4 is quite popular (at least on 26" wheels), and way lighter than a Duro without being too puny for rocks. Depends where and how you ride really, and on your own preference and style.
As for the 24/26 debate, I’d say there’s not much in it. A 26 is a little bit faster, a little bit heavier, has a bit more ground clearance (less pedal strikes in ruts and rocks) and of course more tyre choice. A 24 may be slightly better for extremely technical almost-trials riding. But it’s all very small differences in practice. I tend to ride more xc than super-technical, so I got a 26", but I’ve ridden 24s and there isn’t really a huge difference - crank length makes far more difference IMO. I ride a light 29er for racing and easy xc and the 26x3 for the rockier stuff, and I’ve never wished I had a 24.
Because you’re quite small, it may be that a lighter tyre (like a Rubber Queen) would be better for you rather than lugging around a Duro. A Rubber Queen 2.4 really isn’t THAT much smaller than a Duro.
I posted [post=2038242]a side-by-side photo[/post] showing a Continental Trail King 2.4 (the U.S. name for the Rubber Queen) and a Felt Berm Master 24x3 (bigger casing but smaller knobs than a Duro; about the same overall size). The diameter difference with these tires is 2".
Fair enough - I’m surprised there’s that much difference. Still, I stand by my claim that it’s not that noticeable in most situations.
Is that Felt tyre lighter than a Duro? Rubber Queens are way lighter than a Duro, so I would have expected a 26 with Rubber Queen to be lighter than a 24 with (Duro) 3" tyre. Perhaps I was talking poo… :o
My fav XC/muni tire right now is the Ardent, been riding a 2.4 on my 29er all summer, great tire, bought the 2.6 for my 26 guni for the added beef of thicker sidewalls.
The difference between a 24" wheel and a 26" wheel is negligible, what I notice most is better tracking and less pedal strike on a 26". The only reason I can see someone getting a 24" is if they are very small in stature, i.e shorter than five feet tall. You can do trail trials/muni in any uni, a two inch increase in rim diameter is not significant.
Due to the excessive weight of 24 x 3 tires, you could get a 26" muni and run a lighter tire with a total reduction in wheel weight, even after accounting for having a larger rim, frame, and spokes.
The tire choices for 24" are abysmal, getting worse and worse as time goes by, only XL BMX and trials are still 24", otherwise there are far more popular sizes out there, 650c, 26", 700c, 29".
So, for 24" muni you can ride the Duro or Arrow, otherwise there ain’t much.
There’s a good reason KH, UDC, K1 and QuAx are all building 26" munis:
Tire and Rim availability.