I got some nasty injuries from a set of Chicanes I took right off after the test ride. Very poor cornering traction and I found out after the fact they're known for this. Faceplanted in a slow but sharp corner.I took my Rize RX Pro down to 3.5 with Vee Chicanes. The tires are a nice size. Hard to find options in that range though,
Going below 3.5 would require narrower rims, which would require a full wheel rebuild. and some unique component config.
Yup. You need to go max pressure. but if you are after low rolling resistance, thats how you get it, right? I assume thats what you mean by 'rollerskate'. A tire that has no deflection in its sidewall, sorta kinda.Note that smaller tires can work on the extra wide rims (80mm or so) designed for use with 4" tires, but they're going need a lot of air pressure to keep them from pinching. That extra psi requrement is going to make them ride like a roller skate.
The MUCH better plan from a rolling resistance and ride standpoint are tires in the 2.2"-2.8" range (w/rims in the 28-40mm range). These are going to offer the best of both worlds. The Schwalbe balloon types (e.g. Super Moto-X and Big Bens) run very low pressure, and are the top shelf go to's here. They work super for a hybrid on/off road tire where ride and low rolling resistance are the goals.
For use on pavement for sure, you really should try running the balloon tires (Super Moto-X) down to 30psi. You can run that kind of pressure and get rolling resistance similar to what the Marathons running 60+psi will get as measured by miles per charge. I ran a heads up side by side test on those 2 exact tires for quite some time.Yup. You need to go max pressure. but if you are after low rolling resistance, thats how you get it, right? I assume thats what you mean by 'rollerskate'. A tire that has no deflection in its sidewall, sorta kinda.
I run those Schwalbe balloon type tires (Super moto X in 2.40", Marathon in 2.0"). I don't know about low pressure. My Super Moto X is rated 30-65 psi range, I usually keep it at 45. My Schwalbe Pickup is 30-65 and it needs 60-65 to run right. My Marathon Plus Tour in 2.0" is 30-70 and it needs 65. I don't consider those to be 'very low pressure'. But then again: We're different, with different riding needs and this goes to my point on the fatties. Too many absolutes pronounced above when all of this is shades of grey colored by personal preference and - since this is a room full of cyclists - insufferable bias. We all have it, myself included.
BTW 2.40" is the best you are going to get out of any Schwalbe in terms of size, and the 2.40" Super Moto X with its greenguard belt is a real star in that regard for durability and protection. To go wider, up to 2.8", Vee Speedsters have done me right in 26x2.8. At that size you are finally talking about low pressures with them being 15-35. I keep mine at 30 up front and 35 in back for a cargo bike that needs sidewall support. They are on 30mm MTX39 rims.
That's my experience as well. For use on pavement, unless you want to get into installing narrower rims, the 26x3" are a decent compromise if ride is a priority. You have to change rim sizes to do better.I have 3in now and imo that one inch makes a huge difference in comfort, the 3in is a good all around tire but 4in is far more comfortable for my rear!