1998 Trek 9.9 with a rigid 29er fork. Very race oriented frameset, very little clearance at the bridge of the seatstays. Only the worst Portland mud slowed it down and by that point I was happy to have a reason to jump off the bike for a second.
Tire Review: Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” Tire
Tire Review: Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” Cyclocross Tire Review
Racing and Riding Impressions: Schwalbe’s CX Pro Sport is one of the few ’cross tires available for 26 inch wheels, making it a great choice for mountain bikers looking to try out cyclocross, or for a 26” wheeled ’cross bike. While it has a similar tread pattern to the CX Pro Light, the 26” version has a more versatile 32mm width (measured on a Mavic 230 mountain bike rim), and is UCI legal. This width gives the tire far better traction, comfort, and handling on any surface than the 700c “Light” version. We only wish this came in a folding version to save a few grams, but that shouldn’t be a big concern for anyone looking for a cheap way to try ’cross on a mountain bike.
Width (listed / measured): 1.35” – 35mm / 32 mm
Weight (listed / measured): 405g / 404g
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Phil, what's your ride? Did you have a rigid or front suspension fork? Usually the bridge creates tire clearance issues on front forks.
Schwalbe tires are my favorite...so I'm sure these rock...but years ago many choices for skinny knobbies for 26"...
I've been racing cross on Conti Cross Country (26 x 1.5 version, no longer made).
I've thought of switching to the Schwalbe but how much narrower is it? And would it require a narrower/specialty rim? Anyone?
@periwinklekog periwinklekog, the width listed above is both the listed width and our measured width on a narrow cross country mtb rim (something like a mavic 230 or similar).
it's quite a bit narrower than the old conti cross-country, and a faster-rolling, grifo like tread. still, it's pretty much the only option we know of now for a true cyclocross tread and width for 26" wheels. A number of companies had nice options (I remember a Hutchinson) but many have disappeared.