Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Slick MTB tyres

Posted by Matt | August 25, 2008 | 3 comments so far

Continental Cityride slick MTB tyre
The other day, prompted by my recent speculations on getting some road riding in Colin dropped some slick MTB tyres round that he’s been teasing himself with. So, they’re now fitted to my On-one and pumped up to about 50psi!

(Thanks Colin by the way for wafting the tang of bike riding under my nose again – it’s been too long!)

The tyres are Continental Cityrides with a maximum pressure rating of 58psi (not as high as I expected) and a width of 1.75 that has a central slick section and some light grooves around the edge to disperse water. Far narrower than anything I’ve had on my bike for years, they cut an incongruous dash when teamed with my flat pedals on the On-one!

As you can guess, this is an early experiment with riding the dark side so things are far from optimised. Even so the difference compared to my old Continental 2.3 Verticals is immense and I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with how quiet the ride is and how relatively effortlessly they roll. I must have really missed riding these past weeks to be excited over a brief mile round the block to check out both my collarbone and the tyres at the same time!

My plans for road riding (which feels a bit like trespass on an MTB) are a bit further advanced than last week but I’ve still nothing to actually ride other than the On-one. I have ordered some Fatboy slicks at Felix and Rob’s suggestion though which come in a svelte 1.25 so watch this space.

As for the shoulder, it’s getting there but I’m being very ginger. I can manage a bit of a ride though which leaves me a bit sore but hopefully I’ll be fully saddled up soon.

More photos of the slick tyres on my On-one MTB are on Flickr.


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 3 comments on ‘Slick MTB tyres’

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  1. Colin says:

    Didn’t think it’d be long before you fitted them Matt and predictably, you didn’t hang around!

    You’re over the first hurdle now. Afan next weekend ??

  2. Muddymoles says:

    Specialized Fatboy slick MTB tyres review

    A comparison between Specialized Fatboy slick MTB tyres and Continental Cityride slick tyres

  3. Related: Specialized Fatboy slick MTB tyres review | Reviews, Wheels & Tyres | Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

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