Mountain Bike Maintenance : Change the Stock Tires on a Bike

Mountain Bike Maintenance : Change the Stock Tires on a Bike


There are a few reasons you might want to
change the tires that come stock on your bike. One reason is, the tires that come stock on
most bikes are a little bit heavier and not quite as high performance as tires that they
sell after market. Some brands, expect the same sort of tires you could get after market,
and some have ones that are thicker in the casing, the rubber is not quite as soft, stuff
like that. Just because it’s a little bit cheaper. Like, twenty cents here and there
makes a big difference when you’re making ten thousand bikes. But, what I’m going to
talk about today is why you would change a tire, and what you change it out to. The tire
that I have here is pretty similar to a tire that would come stock on most bikes. It’s
medium width, its medium compound; it’s a good all around tire for harder conditions.
It’s maybe a little bit wider than some folks might want, and it’s not going to clear mud
very well. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to change it out to this tire here,
which is a little bit lighter. The casing is very light, very pliable; it has a lot
of threads per inch. That’s a measure of, well, how many threads per inch it has–but
it’s an indicator of how supple the tire casing is. It’s also more open tread design, and
it’s a little bit narrower width, so it’s going to be a little bit lighter tire, it’s
not going to roll quite as quickly, but it’s going to work a lot better in wet conditions.
So, next I’m going to show you how to remove this tire, and swap over.

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