What Size Tires Should You Run?

Purchase Vittoria Tires Directly From NOBL

Few bike components make as much of a difference to ride feel and performance as the tires mounted to your wheels. NOBL is making all of your rubber-related decisions easy by partnering with Vittoria tires!

We now offer tires for a variety of cycling disciplines, from Gravel and XC to Trail and Enduro riding including Martello, Mazza, Mezcal, Barzo and Terreno models. We’ve made ordering the right tires a breeze by adding the best match to your rims directly in our online product builders.

The Importance Of Choosing The Right Tire Width

With a multitude of tire options on the market ranging in tread pattern, compound, intended use and width, mountain bikers have never had it better. Or more confusing for that matter…

If you’re looking for the ideal width and size mountain bike tire to use on your wheels, read on below for the goods!

Here is a complete list of the tires that we are offering:

Vittoria Tires TNT Terreno Dry Anthracite 490g 700c x 38mm

Vittoria Tires TNT Terreno Wet Anthracite 500g 700c x 38mm

Vittoria Tires TNT Martello Anthracite 920g 27.5 x 2.35   –  Coming Soon

Vittoria Tires 2-PLY Mazza Black 1200g 27.5 x 2.4″

Vittoria Tires 2-PLY Mazza Black 1300g 27.5 x 2.6″

Vittoria Tires TNT Mezcal Anthracite 735g 29 x 2.35″   –  Coming Soon

Vittoria Tires TNT Barzo Anthracite 745g 29 x 2.35″

Vittoria Tires TNT Syerra Black 745g 29 x 2.35″

Vittoria Tires TNT Martello Anthracite 960g 29 x 2.35″

Vittoria Tires 2-Ply Martello Black 1230g 29 x 2.35″

Vittoria Tires TNT Mazza Anthracite 950g 29 x 2.4″

Vittoria Tires TNT Mazza Anthracite 1100g 29 x 2.6″

Vittoria Tires 2-PLY Mazza Black 1300g 29 x 2.4″

Vittoria Air Liner size options:

We’re also offering air liners, a fantastic way to increase sidewall support and traction, all while offering some light protection against pinch flats and the occasional rim strike.

Vittoria Air Liner Air Liner 45mm 2.25″-2.5″

Vittoria Air Liner Air Liner 50mm 2.5″-2.7″

Vittoria Air Liner Air Liner 55mm 2.7″-4.0″ – Coming Soon

Why Tire Widths Matter

In recent years, the push toward wider mountain bike rims has been felt in road and cx markets as well, especially with the newfound popularity of gravel and adventure riding. The increase in rim width has largely been a response from rim manufacturers to accommodate rider demands. While a 2.2” tire used to be the norm for most trail bikes 10 years ago, current trends are seeing 2.6” tires become fairly typical on many trail bikes. This increase in tire width meant that older style rims were suddenly too narrow to support these new wide tires.

Are wider mountain bike tires better? It’s a tough question to answer and really depends on a variety of factors, including rider preference and intended use.

A tire must be sufficiently supported by the width of the rim. If a rim is too narrow, your tire may fold and handling can become unpredictable. If it is too wide for the tire, your rubber will ‘square off’ the tire and result in poor cornering performance.

It’s all about Support.

In order to perform at its absolute best, a tire must be adequately supported. The rim acts as the foundation of the tire profile. The width and rim channel properties dictate how a tire moves on the rim under hard braking, cornering and acceleration loads.

Running a tire that is too wide for a rim, will result in unpredictable handling characteristics. The tire will be squirmy and will ‘fold’ under hard cornering. Conversely, running a rim that is too wide for the tire, will result in a tire profile that is squared off and will not corner well.

Suggested Tire Widths

Premium

TR32

Recommended Width: 2.35”

Tire Range: 2.2” – 2.4”

Lighter trail tires and XC race tires are a great match for the TR32.

TR35

Recommended Width: 2.35” – 2.6”

Tire Range: 2.35” – 2.6”

TR35 is built for downcountry with a lean towards narrower tire sizes.

TR37

Recommended Width: 2.35” – 2.6”

Tire Range: 2.3” – 2.6”

TR37 supports a range of tire sizes in a variety of disciplines.

TR41

Recommended Width: 2.4” – 2.6”

Tire Range: 2.4” – 2.8”

TR41 leans towards larger tire sizes because of its burly width.

Legacy

TR33

Recommended Width: 2.35” – 2.4”

Tire Range: 2.2” – 2.6”

An amazing match for light XC treads on race day, and wider tires when it gets rough.

TR36

Recommended Width: 2.35” – 2.6”

Tire Range: 2.3” – 2.8”

Perfect for all mountain biking or enduro rigs.

TR38

Recommended Width: 2.4” – 2.6”

Tire Range: 2.3” – 2.8”

The TR38 is best suited for burly tires for gravity riding.

Road

HR35

Recommended Width: 33c – 40c

Tire Range: 30c – 47c

Ideal for those who prioritize traction on loose or chunky terrain and don’t intend to run over 60psi.

CR35

Recommended Width: 28c – 38c

Tire Range: 28c – 45c

Intended for narrower tires, the bead hook supports high pressures up to 80psi for pavement or hardpacked dirt.