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#1 2019-05-23 6:18pm

midschool22
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Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

Hey all.

I was wondering today as to about when the current size of street tire got up to 2.4? I remember riding GT’s in the early 90’s that were 2.1 thinking they were huge compared to a 1.75.

Did 2.1’s rule from the 90’s up until late 2000’s or am I off?

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#2 2019-05-23 6:33pm

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Re: Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

Good question, I’d like to know more about this too

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#3 2019-05-24 5:08pm

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Re: Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

Born in '76.
I remember 2.125's in the mid-ish 90's. Not even sure if I ever saw 2.25's until I got back into bikes a decade ago.
I recently bought a set of 3.0's for a new build- can't believe how massive they are (they don't fit unfortunately).
I wound up with a set of eclat 2.30's from 2015, everything I've read said 2.40's were old and stale by that point.
And what size are these Walmart bikes with sand tires? They look like 4.0's+
Are we just going to keep adding mass until we're running on balloons?


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#4 2019-05-24 5:21pm

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Re: Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

2.1 and 1.95 was popular through the 90s. I had Primo V Monster 1.95. They were wider than some 2.1's I saw. I'd say 1.95 was a tad more popular but I can't say for sure.

My department store BMX bike I got in 82 had 20 x 2.125 knobbies on it.

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#5 2019-05-27 6:16pm

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Re: Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

Staggered was hugely popular in the eighties, and possibly even later. The chainring has always got in the way of fitting bigger rear tires.
We are seeing more S shaped chainstays, and chainstays connected to a central flat bracket.


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#6 2019-05-27 6:21pm

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Re: Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

Race tires have stayed pretty much the same with a 1.75 front and back or a 1.95 in the front, with a few running a 2.10. Freestyle/park tires for sure have gotten much larger.

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#7 2019-05-27 6:22pm

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Re: Tire width history. Early 90’s to present. Chime in!

Big tires on street bikes believe has evolved due to the tricks just getting crazier. Bigger tires = cushion for landing

For race, the old rule of thumb was bigger in front to prevent washout. Likely not as big of a deal anymore with modern tracks. But I still like 1.85 front, 1.75 rear

Tioga runs about truest to size out there

http://tiogausa.com/bmx_race/products/t … explained/


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