Chris Moeller (of S&M bikes) floated the idea of a 22″ X 1.95 race tire some time ago (back in 2016, I think) but for whatever reason they never seemed to make it to market.
Many people have made do with the slimmer of the current offerings (if they wanted to race their 22s)…but I suspect many silently grumbled about the weight penalty of the more street/trail-designed rubber when they used them at the track.
You might also remember that ORP BMX tried to engineer their own solution by mounting OS20 tires to 22″ wheels.
Not a bad interim fix, but ORP themselves admitted they were a bear to mount. It also goes without saying that whenever it came time to swap out the tire (or tube) if a flat or blowout occurred….well, that’s probably not going to be the most pleasant experience either.
Anyway, back to the present day….
Moeller recently asked on his Instagram if S&M should make smaller size racing tires…and that he was considering opening up a new mold to do so (presumably if interest was there).
Well, that prompted this exchange between John Paul Rogers (S&M alum/BMX enthusiast) and Moeller:
jpr_fla Produce light weight 22” tires & wheel sets that aren’t monster truck size, my back hurts. Harry Leary came up with Turbo Lite tires & wheels in the 80s. There has to be at least 40-50 people worldwide that want this.
moeller_chris @jpr_fla basically a 22” race tire in our 1.95 size. It’s actually a good idea.
Of course, after a number of comments followed from a number of 22″ aficionados (myself included) asking for 22 X 1.95 option.
Will this be enough to convince Moeller to open a mold for a 22″ X 1.95 Trackmark tire?
I can’t be sure at this point but I’m hopeful.
Heck, S&M’s offering 26″ and 29″ tires these days…so I think there’s got a be some love for the 22″ crowd for a more race-friendly tire option.
(And..I have my fingers crossed that they get them out by summer so I can throw them on my own rig for racing.)