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Have I made a boo boo?

peatpeat Posts: 1,242
edited June 2014 in MTB general
So, I get a nice new 29'er which came fitted with some Schwalbe Rocket Rons. Luverly stuff.

Anyway, I shredded the rear one last week on a flint so needed a replacement. I wanted a Schwalbe (boy, aren't they pricey) again so that the tyrewall-art matched (pretty essential to the bike tart).

I started looking at the other Schwalbes and thought i'd mix it up a little and buy one of the different models. I settled on the Hans Dampf because it received alot of praise.

It arrived, I started fitting it and thought "Hmm, this is chunky", before inflating it and putting it back the bike.

It's bluddy massive......

I never thought 0.1 of an inch would make such a visual difference. My bike now looks like a racey XC hardtail crossed with a fat bike. The clearance could be an issue in the mud, but it rides really nice. It just looks a little pony.

Have i committed cardinal sin #101 or something? I feel so ashamed.

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  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    It looks like a pony as it's got stupid size wheels anyway.

    Tyre widths even if equal are not equal. But yes it's annoying when they're the same brand!
  • felix.londonfelix.london Posts: 4,067
    usual way is to put the fatty on the front (more grip) and the narrower one on the rear (better rolling)
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  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    It looks like a pony as it's got stupid size wheels anyway.
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    It looks like a pony as it's got stupid size wheels anyway.

    Wheeeeeeeeey etc.
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    What sizes are they? 2.25" Ron and 2.35" HD?

    Stick the HD on the front, enjoy the extra grip and don't worry. It'll weigh about 50% more than a Ron if you're bothered by such things.
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    I was under the impression that RR's only came in 2.25, but mine are/were 2.1. So the difference is actually 0.25.

    It's such a big tyre that I think it'll be veeeery tight getting it past the brace. We'll give it a go though, however, it sort of defeats the point as it's a Snakeskin sidewall that i wanted specifically for the back.

    Ah well, if it all goes to pot, is there a market for barely used 2nd hand tyres? ;)
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Rons used to come in 1.8 and 2.4" too, in 26" guise at least, I know Schwalbe have trimmed some models from the line.

    Can you not just send it back? If you've not ridden it.
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    It's been ridden.

    It's fine, just looks a bit funky. What's done is done.

    I was in a bit of a bind as i'm leaving for a long weekend in Brecon tomorrow and my LBS had very limited stock. I wanted to have a tyre on the bike before i left.
  • benpinnickbenpinnick Posts: 4,148
    Dont worry, soon you can buy a proper tyre to replace the mincing 2.1 on the back too ;)
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Hans Dampfs are massive for a 2.35
    I tried them and found them way too draggy. Compared to the Rocket Rons you're going to find it heavy going.
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    They certainly are.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    This is the place to get Schwalbe tyres - http://www.bike-discount.de/en/info/sta ... discount-1 - and anything else german tbh.

    Usually German tyres from there are almost half price
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    They're cheaper here currently, but yes, Germany is the place to buy.
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    Good intel. Cheers!
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    Just as an update -

    I ended up swapping the Hans to the front and RR vice versa. Nice combo.

    Got another Rocket Ron on the way as they are seriously fast for XC.

    Cheers all.
  • YIManYIMan Posts: 576
    Peat wrote:
    So, I get a nice new 29'er

    I got this far and didn't read any further. The answer is yes.

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Head angles look a bit steep, and very narrow bars. OK for XC but that's about it.
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  • Angus YoungAngus Young Posts: 3,063
    YIMan wrote:
    Peat wrote:
    So, I get a nice new 29'er

    I got this far and didn't read any further. The answer is yes.

    Pennyfarthing-1886.jpg

    How do you get on and off of one of those?
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Look just above the back wheel - there's a little step.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    Fixies are all right for hippy's riding the streets but I'd want a freewheel before taking that off road!

    Cockpit's a bit short as well!
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