Touring - Tire Comparison
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10-06-11, 06:08 PM
Bontrager Race All-Weather Hardcase or Panaracer T-Serv Protex? Which would be the most resilient?
10-06-11, 07:05 PM
resilient against what , ? nails, pot holes or T boning trucks?
Schwalbe marathon plus , it puts a polymer band like a' Mr Tuffy' , outside the casing
under the tread , .. no punctures since , on my local commutes
Bontrager Hardcase are a skosh lighter and a bit cheaper.
10-06-11, 07:18 PM
Nails, pot holes, trucks, trains...sounds good. I just got a bike that came with bontrager hardcase and my old bike has panaracer tserv protex. Just wondering if it's worth the effort to swap the tires before I sell the old bike.
10-06-11, 08:46 PM
Right...so no help here. Understood.
ITW, There just isn't and never will be a concensus about tires, whichever tire you prefer/trust are the ones to keep.
10-06-11, 09:11 PM
I just changed a Panaracer T-Serv Protex 700 x 32 which has been on my bike for over 3000 miles. It flatted when I was rolling out of my camp site in the Ochoco National Forest. The tire was still actually fine, but since I had another I relegated it to a spare. The tread compound in these tires is super durable, but also sort of sticky and they ride great. Oh yeah, that was my first puncture with that tire too, and it has rolled across Death Valley, Texas and Louisiana and the Olympic Peninsula.
10-07-11, 07:45 PM
I'd give the hardcases a thumbs up. I've gottem on my touring bike and they're great. The other day I noticed a sparkle coming from my tire. It was a big chunk of glass. It didn't puntcure and I been rolling just fine the last week since then. They were kinda hard to get on my rims which are Sun CR-18's. If you can put the hardcases on your rims fairly easy go with them. I'm running 700x32's in Fairbanks Alaska where the roads are really ****ty and they are great from me. The owner of a local bike shop recommended them, he is also president of the local cycling club so he's knows what other people use and what works.
10-08-11, 07:03 AM
I have used them both and prefer the T-Serve. I think they ride a little better, are lighter, and are folders. From my experence I think the Hard Case may have the edge in puncture resistance.
10-08-11, 07:25 AM
I think I like the tread better on the T-serv, although I haven't rode the hardcase much yet. Anyways, I think I'll just leave the hardcase on the new bike since I'm lazy and I don't want to swap the tires. In my experience, sometimes tire swapping can be smooth and easy and sometimes it's just painful.
Thanks for the input.
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