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Last year I bought a used wheel set on marketplace from a guy that rides off-road/trail. He said they were strong and since I intended to put an electric motor w/assist on the bike I figured it couldn't hurt to have a stronger wheel on front. They are for 26" tires, according to him at the time, and they were/are very light and clean, but they measure 1 and 7/8 inches wide, compared to a regular wheel that measures (approx) 1.5 inches wide. They are made by "Panther" but I can't find anything relative to them on the 'net, and I can no longer find his contact information.

Can anyone tell me what these wheels were intended for? Will they take a wider tire than a "normal" rim takes (I was hoping also to put a 26x2.5 tire on them)? I'd like to read/learn more about these rims. If anyone can "catch me up", or direct me to where I can learn more I would be really appreciated.

Thank you

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There's no such thing as a "normal" wheel. There are different rim widths for different purposes. These are probably older mountain-bike wheels.

Regarding tire compatibility: a given rim width will be compatible with a range of tire widths. Different manufacturers may have slightly different recommended ranges, but this and this are good starting points. Note that this is using the width across the inside of the rim, not outside. My guess is that you'll be OK with 2.5" tires, but I'd measure to be sure.

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