- Rim width for 27.5×2.3″ tyres?
Looking at some new wheels for my Bird Zero TR. Currently have Planet X El-crappo with WTB STi25 rims, they’re not tough at all. Can’t decide on rim width. Some things suggest 26mm for 2.3″ is ideal, though others say 30 is within the ideal range. I might have just purchased some 30mm width will I go to hell?Posted 1 year ago
I am using some brand new Hope XCs (19.5) with 2.25 Nobby Nics on an Anthem and they work well. The current fashion would say you would be better with 23 or wider. My Zero TR has a 2.4 up front and 2.3 rear and they are on the DT Swiss wheels that I bought with the bike and are 25mm. I can’t tell the difference TBH.Posted 1 year agomboyMember
Having turned into Goldilocks when it comes to rim widths, I can honestly say that 26-28mm is ideal for 2.3″ tyres personally. A 30mm internal pulls a 2.3″ Maxxis a bit too square in profile personally, and a 25mm internal width pinches a 2.35″ Schwalbe a little too much and it starts to lose its edge bite.
Been running 28mm internal E13 TRSr carbon rims mostly for the last 2 years, and they give a superb profile with either 2.3″ Maxxis or 2.35″ Schwalbe tyres. Currently using 26mm internal Stans Arch mk3 on my HT which are great with 2.3″ Maxxis fitted. Have used 30mm too which gave 2.35″ Schwalbe’s a good profile but did over stretch a 2.3″ Maxxis a little IMO.Posted 1 year ago
Getting up this morning, decided to see if Bird themselves had any opinion on this. Had a reply before I left for work saying they’d used 30m rims on the TR for years and it’s been fine. Decided to keep the 30mm wheelset now. Picked them up, fitting tyres, looks fine.Posted 1 year ago
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