Re: [CR]Super Champion 58 Rim Compatibility w/Modern Tires

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 09:55:41 -0500
From: Joe Bender-Zanoni <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Super Champion 58 Rim Compatibility w/Modern Tires
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To: Jan Heine <>
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I think the continuing pattern from Pete Kohler and Jan is that Japanese tires seem a tighter fit and more satisfactory. Like Pete, my problem was the Conloy Asp 27" rims and the Paselas worked very nicely on those rims. Continentals were totally unsatisfactory. One other thing is to use a large tire if possible. That way you will be happier with a relatively lower pressure and not have to gamble on a high pressure with a rim that does not have a substantial hook beed.

Joe Bender-Zanoni Great Notch, NJ

Jan Heine wrote:
> I have used Rivendell Ruffy-Tuffy tires on 700C Super Champion 58 rims
> at 110 psi on a tandem. Maybe you have a bad match of rim and tire,
> and a different tire might be a good choice. In the latest Tour
> (German magazine) test, the Contis were very easy to mount (which
> seemed to be their only redeeming feature, as their rolling resistance
> was high, their cornering poor and their reliability just average). So
> a tire that is "less easy to mount" might fit better. Or you may have
> an undersize rim. But in theory, the Super Champions rims work as well
> as any new ones.
> Jan Heine, Seattle
> Editor/Publisher
> Vintage Bicycle Quarterly
> c/o Il Vecchio Bicycles
> 140 Lakeside Ave, Ste. C
> Seattle WA 98122
>> I can't seem to inflate Conti Ultra Gaterskins on my 27" Super
>> Champion 58 rims above 90 psi without the tire blowing off the rim.
>> It is on a tandem so 120 psi or so would be nice (we are no an
>> especially lightweight team). Has anyone found a modern tire that
>> will stay on this rim at these pressures? The SC 58's seemed to be a
>> quasi hooked bead rim. I think that I recall that Conti Sport 1000's
>> were a bit better at staying on at higher pressures but were more
>> flat prone. Any tricks to getting the tire to stay put? Classic
>> content are the rims and the bike, a '73 Jack Taylor curved tube tandem.
>> Thanks!
>> Paul Raley
>> Nice riding weather in Leonardtown MD