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2021/06/10 09:46:16 (permalink)

650c tires vs 26"

I haven't been here in a while. I'm dusting off my old 650c Corsa SS which is still in great condition. Tires are getting scarce so I'm wondering if it's best to convert it to 26" wheels. It looks like the stock brakes will handle the smaller wheel radius. The big question is: Is it worth the time and money? Are there plenty of fast road tires available in 26"?

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    Re: 650c tires vs 26" 2021/06/10 13:54:40 (permalink)
    Dave,
    Due to the weirdness that COVID put on the open market, you may find a lot of changes to what you can or cannot buy for your trusty Corsa.
     
    Back to your question...I still run the 650c tires on my Corsa.  I have been using Continental Gator Skins and like the performance and the ride.  OTOH, I stocked up on tires a two years ago and still have new ones in my shop.  I don't know what is available at this time in the 650c market.
     
    I did convert a 650c RANS XStream to 26 (559) a few years back for a friend.  He wanted a perceived larger tire selection of tires.  On my XStream, I run 26 inch wheels...but as you can guess, I'm running Gator Skins on that also.
     
    So, to wrap this up, in today's market, I'd look at the availability of 650c tires and see if you can find what you want.  I think I'd stay at 650c for the  time being unless you have something else driving your decision. 
     
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    Re: 650c tires vs 26" 2021/07/04 07:16:38 (permalink)
    It might be easier to search for the ERTRO 571 (which corresponds to 650C)
    A very old overview of the 650C: https://www.primalwear.com/blogs/team-estrogen/650c-bicycle-tire-guide.
    A pretty good and not too expansive one according to the German recumbent forum: Continental Grand Prix 650c. Can't say anything about the gatorskin
    https://www.continental-t.../race-tires/grand-prix

    https://www.continental-tires.com/bicycle/tires/race-tires/gatorskin
    There have been quality issues with the Schwalbe One:
    https://www.schwalbe.com/en/road-reader/schwalbe-one-tube-type
    but I don't know whether or not they still exist.
    The difference 559mm vs 571mm is 12mm (diameter), which is less than half an inch. In my point of view not worth to buy new wheels.
    post edited by velo_h - 2021/07/04 07:20:55
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    Re: 650c tires vs 26" 2021/07/06 07:51:32 (permalink)
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    Dave,
    Due to the weirdness that COVID put on the open market, you may find a lot of changes to what you can or cannot buy for your trusty Corsa.
     
    Back to your question...I still run the 650c tires on my Corsa.  I have been using Continental Gator Skins and like the performance and the ride.  OTOH, I stocked up on tires a two years ago and still have new ones in my shop.  I don't know what is available at this time in the 650c market.
     
    I did convert a 650c RANS XStream to 26 (559) a few years back for a friend.  He wanted a perceived larger tire selection of tires.  On my XStream, I run 26 inch wheels...but as you can guess, I'm running Gator Skins on that also.
     
    So, to wrap this up, in today's market, I'd look at the availability of 650c tires and see if you can find what you want.  I think I'd stay at 650c for the  time being unless you have something else driving your decision. 
     
    Steve
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    Thanks, it sounds like I should stick with 650c. At some point a 700c Corsa or carbon aero sounds like a plan.

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    Re: 650c tires vs 26" 2021/07/06 07:53:25 (permalink)
    velo_h
    It might be easier to search for the ERTRO 571 (which corresponds to 650C)
    A very old overview of the 650C: https://www.primalwear.com/blogs/team-estrogen/650c-bicycle-tire-guide.
    A pretty good and not too expansive one according to the German recumbent forum: Continental Grand Prix 650c. Can't say anything about the gatorskin
    https://www.continental-t.../race-tires/grand-prix

    https://www.continental-tires.com/bicycle/tires/race-tires/gatorskin
    There have been quality issues with the Schwalbe One:
    https://www.schwalbe.com/en/road-reader/schwalbe-one-tube-type
    but I don't know whether or not they still exist.
    The difference 559mm vs 571mm is 12mm (diameter), which is less than half an inch. In my point of view not worth to buy new wheels.


    Thanks, I found Gatorskins and Schwalbe One's available. I just need to decide.

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    Re: 650c tires vs 26" 2021/07/06 09:45:07 (permalink)
    Many years ago I switched from from Gatorskins to the then, Schwalbe Ultremo, and was stunned by the lower rolling resistance and increased speed they offered. While the Ultremos have gone by the by, I think the Schwalbe One would probably be the quicker tire. Maybe you ride in goathead country, and the extra protection of the Gatorskin would be a good idea.
     
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    Re: 650c tires vs 26" 2021/07/06 10:26:03 (permalink)
    paulbenter
    Many years ago I switched from from Gatorskins to the then, Schwalbe Ultremo, and was stunned by the lower rolling resistance and increased speed they offered. While the Ultremos have gone by the by, I think the Schwalbe One would probably be the quicker tire. Maybe you ride in goathead country, and the extra protection of the Gatorskin would be a good idea.
     
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    I'm replacing some old Gatorskins. Speed is why I'm considering the One's. Yes, this is goathead country so I'm considering using tire liners. I guess I could learn how to fix a flat quicker. Last time it took me forever!

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