Touring - Best 700x35 tire for touring?
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03-05-10, 03:17 PM
So I recently bought my Cannondale T700 and it came with nearly new 700x35 Avocet Cross tires on it. All of my riding is on the road however so I'm wanting to remove these and fit kevlar/aramid tires with more of a road tread before I start my shakedown tours.
What do you guys consider to be the best tire for touring in this size? I was looking at the Marathons @ Harris - but they only come in 32's. I have friends running Vittoria Randoneurs, but have a similar problem finding them in 35's.
I'd prefer to spend under $50/tire - so that may influence things. I'd also prefer them to be somewhat fast rolling - as this bike doubles as my backup commuter. (I've ran Pasela TG's before and found them somewhat sluggish)
03-05-10, 03:30 PM
Vittoria Randonneur Pro's are my favorite... folding bead and don't feel like bricks. Not pigs in the weight department either.
I'd go for these... before discount and free shipping... Only $34.10 each. As an added bonus they are folders and don't weight a ton. Not 35's though... 32mm sizing. Use code USA15 for 15% off for a total of just $28.99 each.
If you want to knock anything off your list, I'd suggest Armadillos- I generally rave about how much I love them in 23/25/28cm, but I had some very negative experiences with my 35s- they roll just fine, but the round shape allowed dry goathead thorns to poke the heck out of my sidewalls.
03-05-10, 04:16 PM
I'm leaning towards the Vittoria Pro's. :) Just need those tax returns to come in!
03-05-10, 04:21 PM
I'll throw the Continental Touring Plus out for you to consider. No Schwable XR where tread wear is concerned, but in my experience, just as puncture proof, much lighter, easy on/off, and much less expensive. I run a 32 mm, but it measures 30 at 80 lbs. I suspect the 37 would fall in at about 35.
The Vittoria looks good too and has been getting some good reviews.
I don't know about "best" but there's a variety of good tires. I''m surprised you think the Pasela 700x35 is a slow tire.
You can get the 35mm Vittoria in a variety of places.
The Marathon Supreme is over your budget, I don't know if it's the best or just good and overpriced. It handles well, I haven't ridden enough miles to decide if it's worth the price .
03-06-10, 12:28 PM
I have been with the Schwalb standard "Marathon" for weeklongs & day trips. I haven't found reason to change yet
I have had really good luck with the Schwalbe Racers in 35mm. The Vittoria Pro Randonneur also works well. These tires roll well and I have not had any flats with them. Living in SoCal the biggest threat to a tire's life is construction debris, and there is less of it since the housing bust.....
I'm a fan of XRs and they're not making 'em any longer so you can run one last pair just for sentimental reasons....the end of an era!...:love::eek::(
03-06-10, 04:29 PM
I only ride on Vittoria Randonneurs, even did a cross country tour with them. Velo Orange has some 35's in stock which are what I have on my main ride, but there other sizes are also great, I ride the 28's on my road bike.
For what it's worth , I'll throw these out there as a budget option for readers, or good for training for tours. I've used these for over a year and have been nothing but surprised and happy with them. They roll fast and are durable..... I ride in some pretty bad stuff and have only had one flat.
03-07-10, 12:53 PM
Best hmm.. Lets to with price performance, unless you are touring in a high flat area then its all about protection.
They don't have the crazy long wear of the Schwalbe marathons but I like the ride.
03-08-10, 01:29 PM
by the way, nashbar has randonneur pro RFX right now for $24.99, less the usual 10% - 20% coupon that they often have...
Not sure what the RFX stands for, but it looks to me like the same tire...
[QUOTE=escii_35;10492755]Best hmm.. Lets to with price performance, unless you are touring in a high flat area then its all about protection.
03-08-10, 03:28 PM
I really like Vittoria Randonneurs. Heaps on Amazon for 25-40 bucks. Everybiketire has some also, but for a bit more. Their customer service is worth the cost IMO if you get a bad batch.
For weight savings, the pros are folding, but from the accounts of a couple of people on this forum, are much harder to get on the rim. They also have a slightly lower PSI rating. Might be an issue if you weigh 200+ lbs.
They do have a somewhat low max PSI rating, if you're using a comfortable pressure that's not much of an issue, though. I've read of several fixie riders running them at 110-120, but they tend to be a little crazy anyway. :)
Max PSI is about 1/2 blow off pressures, going over the recommended max lightly might make lawyers nervous, but is generally safe. I've done around 800 miles at 10psi over their rated max, 80% on gravel and at 230-220lbs, no issues at all.
Another thought-- Depending on what type of touring you are going to do, your weight, and the amount of gear you'll have; 35's might be overkill. We have done several long tours, incuding a fully loaded trip across the US on 28mm Continental Ultra Gatorskins. They are light fast and durable. I changed my wife's and my bike over to 32 mm Schwalbe Marathons this fall, and plan on taking them off before our tour this summer. Both my wife and I agree tha they are significntly slower, and the difference can be felt on the hills. I'd really like to try the Conti's in 32mm, but can't find any in that size.
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