Tire/Inner tube combo question

zzRider

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Question for you: I am awaiting my eAhora XC100 from Amazon. It comes with 26x2.0 tires and I've already purchased 2 Maxxis Hookworm 26x2.5. Yesterday I picked up a 2-pack of Slime heavy duty 26x1.75-2.125 inner tubes (great deal on 2-pack - $12.96).

So is that a good pairing of the Maxxis Hookworms with those inner tubes?

(The tires/tubes from the XC100 will go on my wife's Schwinn Meridian trike which is now electrified.)

Thanks in advance.
 

AHicks

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USA
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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
I'm using what is likely the same tubes in a set of Marathon tires with good luck to date - maybe a year after installing them. Don't know why they wouldn't work just as well in the Maxxis. I'm a BIG supporter of running Slime or something similar. Cut's my number of flats by a huge percentage.
 

zzRider

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I'm using what is likely the same tubes in a set of Marathon tires with good luck to date - maybe a year after installing them. Don't know why they wouldn't work just as well in the Maxxis. I'm a BIG supporter of running Slime or something similar. Cut's my number of flats by a huge percentage.
Thanks for the reply, AHicks. I probably should have worded my question better.

I'm more concerned with the difference in tube width vs tire width. Will a 26x1.75-2.125 tube be OK on a tire that is 26x2.5? I know the tube will expand, but will it expand enough to accommodate the 2.5" tire width?
 

AHicks

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USA
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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
You're fine.
 

zzRider

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Thanks for the reply, AHicks. I probably should have worded my question better.

I'm more concerned with the difference in tube width vs tire width. Will a 26x1.75-2.125 tube be OK on a tire that is 26x2.5? I know the tube will expand, but will it expand enough to accommodate the 2.5" tire width?
So I finally got around to replacing the CST 2.125 tires with the Hookworm 2.5 tires. The Hookworms go up to 65psi and I put 55 in the front and 50 in the rear. Two miles later the Slime "extra strong" 26x1.75-2.125 rear inner tube had a blowout--about 3" tear on the seam at the inner radius and 4" from the valve. I don't know if the rubber band over the spokes slipped during install of the tire or I kinked the tube.

Huffing a 50lb. bike for a mile on it's front tire was a chore. Anyway, I had a 3rd Slime inner tube and have replaced it but only put 45psi in it, and have rode about 20 test miles (close to home!). I've also ordered a set of Duro inner tubes that go up to 2.3, which is closer for expansion over the .375" delta in tube/tire size that I currently have with the Slime tubes.

Another factor that has me somewhat nervous is that the Maxxis Hookworms are about 3/4" taller than the CST tires, requiring even more expansion of the tube.

Too much of a gamble? On the positive side, these Hookworms are whisper quiet and roll easier than the CST small knobbies.
 
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Sierratim

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USA
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Nevada City, CA & Paradise Valley, AZ
I had a blowout a while back of a tube/tire combination that I had ridden for nearly 1,000 miles. I had recently installed tire liners front and back. I installed my spare tube of the same size as the one that blew out and rode home. It's been fine for hundreds of miles.

The only thing I can figure is that I hadn't completley seated the tire beard in the rim, though I do visually check this at about 20psi before fully inflating. It looked OK.

Glad my flat kit was with me, it was 10 miles to home. 😎
 

Latitude

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I am not familiar with slime. How do you put it in a Schrader tube, or do you put it in the tire?
 

AHicks

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USA
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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
You remove the schrader valve, slip the Slime tube over the threaded area, turn the Slime bottle upside down and squeeze 6-8 ounces of product into the tube. Re-install the schrader valve, fill the tire with air and go for a ride to distribute the fluid.
 

Tars Tarkas

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I am not familiar with slime. How do you put it in a Schrader tube, or do you put it in the tire?
As far as I know every bottle of Slime comes with a tube you slip over your Schrader valve stem, and you just squeeze it in. You have to remove the valve core first. Slime caps have a little valve tool on them, or you can use a real one. Instructions are on the bottles. It's pretty simple. One thing: there is Slime for tubed tires and Slime for tubeless tires. Get the right one!

Youtube Slime video

TT
 
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zzRider

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I am not familiar with slime. How do you put it in a Schrader tube, or do you put it in the tire?
You can buy Slime inner tubes, or insert yourself with a bottle. They make sealant for a variety of motorcycles, bicycles, and small tractors.

I have both, but using the Slime inner tubes with my eAhora XC100.