New tyre size

Discussion in 'Parts 'n Stuff' started by BKMad, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. BKMad

    BKMad Likes Dirt

    So on the weekend I put some spare tyres on a bike I'm looking to sell and went for a ride. They were 2.2 mountain kings, but they come up more like 2.1's. It was a lot of fun trying to corner at the same speed as I would on minions. So much so that after this ride I have come up with a new tyre size that I think everyone will be on in the next year or so. I call them minus tyres. Minus tyres are 1.8 to 2.1" max width.
    Benefits of this fantastic new tyre size include:
    - faster rolling, meaning you get up to speed quicker
    - sketchy cornering, making even easy tracks challenging. Minus bikes are perfect for those technical tracks that have been dumbed down - suddenly they become hard again!
    - sketchy cornering, making you more alert at all times - minus tyres require 100% commitment and focus
    - sketchy braking meaning you get to see more of nature more often (by overshooting corners).
    - smaller size means that frame builders can reduce chainstay length and narrow up forks saving weight! In fact I will work with some frame makers to build minus specific bikes that are completely incompatible with current parts.

    There is a natural progression here though. Once everyone is on minus bikes, I will then introduce drift bikes which will be the same but with a slick tyre on the back for even more sketchy cornering. Once everyone is hooked on drift bikes, my final progression will be hospital bikes. Hospital bikes will have slicks front and back and will be guaranteed to put you in hospital on your first ride! How fun is that!

    So what do you think? Is the world ready for minus bikes?
     
  2. Zaf

    Zaf Gearbox Frother

    I think they sound perfect for a new X-Duro bike!!
     
  3. teK--

    teK-- Eats Squid

    Have you filed for a trademark yet???
     
  4. BKMad

    BKMad Likes Dirt

    Not yet, so done tell anyone
     
  5. The Duckmeister

    The Duckmeister Eats Squid

    Sounds like a perfect match for the little-known but sure to be next-big-thing 559 rim standard.
     
  6. BKMad

    BKMad Likes Dirt

    Only if the rims are 19mm wide for additional weight savings and tyre roll
     
  7. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    I once subscribed to such madness - you are no trail blazer ;)
     

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  8. The Duckmeister

    The Duckmeister Eats Squid

    But why settle for 19mm when you could so easily go to 17mm?
     
  9. Paulie_AU

    Paulie_AU Likes Dirt

    Pffft 26" rigid SS on IRC semi slicks with vbrakes in the rain was where the real fun was. The motto was "grip is a figment of your imagination" Kinda wish I still had that bike for the groomed highways that now pass for MTB tracks.
     
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  10. John U

    John U MTB Precision

    This thread needs to be deleted before someone from marketing sees it.
     
  11. The Duckmeister

    The Duckmeister Eats Squid

    Oh come on, none of this fancy V-brake nonsense. Cheap flexy side-pulls or nothing!!
     
  12. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Tioga Psychos rules the 90s. Who knew there were other tyres back then?
     
  13. Paulie_AU

    Paulie_AU Likes Dirt

    Oh yeah and I remember being ultra modern and getting a black sidewall set too. Wasn't there a smoke tyre that was a badass rear as well.

    @Duckmeister My canti equipped bike died a horrible death riding a rock chute...... bent frame, snapped crank and two pretzelled wheels. The scars took years to fade out of my butt too. I actually stopped mtb for a few years after that and stuck to park bikes.
     
  14. Mr Crudley

    Mr Crudley Eats Squid

    The Tioga Factory DH deserve an honourable mention. Still loved the Smokes but the Dart was sheer terror especially in loose stuff.

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  15. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    This is all sounding very proprietary... @BKMad what is your plan to win over the trust of consumers?
     
  16. Mr Crudley

    Mr Crudley Eats Squid

    You will be among the first to sign up for dirt slicks. Braaaapppppp, braaaappppp...

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  17. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    We do tend to forget just how far tyre technology has come in two decades.

    Last year I rode a fire trail we used to blast down as teenagers, hitting 75-80km on gravel with smokes, darts and psychos, with v brakes. NFI how someone didn't die.
     
  18. Mr Crudley

    Mr Crudley Eats Squid

    Feeling like you are young and bulletproof sure helps too. Nothing can hurt you then, well that is what we thought anyhow. Taking out a fully rigid or HT with bugger all front suspension like we used to have sure is a big difference. Suspension helps confidence.
     
  19. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Riding the same trails as I did 20 years ago, thanks to better brakes, suspension, tyres, geometry and my own skills, I'm significantly faster. Still scare myself stupid
     
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  20. pink poodle

    pink poodle Clinically Inane

    Cash waiting!
     

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