aka Phil Jungels
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
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A man after my own heart....
I lucked out buying 2 sets of Supremes over a one month period. A set of 40s came first (to replace 45 OEMs) and I mounted them up. I was happy!
Then, the 35s arrived, so I decided to try them.
I found them a little harsh, after riding the 40s, but would have been pleased with them if I only had them.
Here's the difference - the 40s ride "softer" at the very slight expense of handling - not that they are bad, by any means - they were a BIG improvement over my 45s. It's just that the 35s are quicker steering, and more precise. They are also more harsh.
While switching them bacK - I just happened to do the rear first, and then took it for a ride ---- WOW --- transformation.
The 35 on the front kept the better handling, without transferring the harshness that the 35 gave to the rear. The 40 on the rear, gave back the better ride, without sacrificing the quicker handling. I also have another set, just like them, in the basement, for when I need them. I even bought an extra 40, a couple weeks ago, since I go thru more rears than fronts.
You would love this combo, but in all honesty, I would be very pleased with either on. I pump mine to 90-92 PSI (they are 85PSI tires) for the MUCH improved roll - amazing difference, really. And they still ride nice. I weigh 190#, bike weighs about 40#.
Niagara had the 40s on sale a couple weeks ago for $27, which was a killer deal - if they still have them, snatch em up. Then keep your eys open on their site, for when they put 32s or 35s on sale, and pick up a pair of them. Either way, you will be VERY HAPPY with these tires.
edit: as a frame of reference - I got my 40s on sale originally, for $38 each, and stumbled onto the 35s for $28 each, and figured, for that price, I could wear out a set.... LOL ---- finding them (40s) a few weeks ago for $27, was a nice bonus.
A few weeks ago (I check Niagara's site often) I saw the 40s on sale, so decided to buy one extra. I probably should have bought two. I was watching their site for a friend who wants 32s when I find them... at a good price.... LOL
You will love them, in whatever size you end up with - but the 90-92 PSI is a huge improvement on tires that already roll nice at 85. Increasing the pressure higher than that, resulted in no more improvement.
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