I don't have much time to keep up-to-date on new product via cruising the web these days. And I don't have reps visit me to keep me informed on new products. So, I take it upon myself to try to seek out new goodies. I get most of my parts from Quality Bicycle Products - a really great distributor out of Minnesota. Because of their super easy to use website and the fact they have just about everything, I end up ordering more things than I actually need. Recently it was Oberto's beef jerky that fell into that category.
Every so often, I'll cruise the tire category. The ability to narrow down a product search like tires is really great. I'll start with 622 bead diameter tires, narrow that down to folding and/or tubeless compatible. Then I'll narrow it down to widths. Oh, what's this? A 1.8" size? Hmmm. Narrow down and it tells me that Kenda now has a 29x1.8" tubeless compatible Slant Six tire available. I've got to check that out.
Here they are. I don't know how long these have been available, but dang, this is a pretty nice off-road tire that fits very nicely in the Black Mountain Cycles monster cross frames. I got some in today and mounted one up on a Velocity A23 rim with out sealant, just to check fit. Sure enough, with just a floor pump, it inflated easily and looks great in my frame. Actual width on an A23 is 43mm casing and 45.5mm tread width. The claimed weight is 601g +/- 30g. I weighed one at 590g.
Will I immediately change out the Nano 40 tires I'm currently running? No, but I would definitely consider mounting a set up if I found myself wanting to take my cross bike on an all off-road ride that was more technical than the fire roads and trails I currently ride or if I needed a bit more cush because I was getting soft in my old age. Regardless, this is a great option for tires in this mid-40 size range. Good stuff.
The offset nature of the A23 OC rim means that securing a tubeless valve may be tricky because the nut doesn't pull the valve's seal straight into the rim. Okay, not ideal.
9mm of clearance, Clarence.
Probably a bit buzzy on the road, but good on hardpack.
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