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    Cheap alternative to a 700 x 28 Schwalbe Marathon Supreme?

    I put some 35mm Marathon Supremes on my touring bike and love them.

    I'm low on money now, but want similarly wide, durable, fast slicks for my road bike.

    Does anybody know of a 28mm tire that will perform like a Supreme, but on the cheaper side?

    Priorities are:
    1. 700 x 28
    2. speed
    3. slicks
    4. durability

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    I like the Michelin City tires they were cheap and long lasting and tough
    http://www.rei.com/product/768732/mi...-tire-700-x-28 for $30
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...e.aspx?sc=FRGL for $26

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=21648 for $23 with super cheap shipping of like $2.99

    I got some at blow out prices for under $10 for the 40s

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    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...upreme--31009/
    Cheaper than $33? That seems like a steal to me.
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    It's pretty easy. Anything from the major makers in 28 that has a kevlar or other style flat resistant belt in the tire.
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    pasela tourguard
    vittoria hyper

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    Quote Originally Posted by blamp28 View Post
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...upreme--31009/
    Cheaper than $33? That seems like a steal to me.
    Maybe I'm missing something, but that $33 seems to be just a number they threw up there. Couldn't find a link to anywhere actually offering the tires for that price.
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    Panaracer Roll-y Pol-y tires have very similar ride, puncture resistance, and tread wear characteristics. Very round profile. Not much cheaper at $50. I've been using them for a ten years now. Either I'm an idiot lacking the ability to recognize a great riding tire, or I found something that works. I fell in love with these first, and started using Marathon Supremes on my commuter because they came the closest to replicating the ride of the Panaracers, but in a higher volume tire.
    http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...-kevlar/10-034
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    THe durability is going to be the hard one to get... many models of tires are available for ~$20 or less, but are $30+ when a flat protective belt is added.

    I like Panaracer Paselas. Kenda Kwest are also pretty good, but a lot of people are afraid of Kenda because they make a lot of ultra-cheap OEM tires for the low end and BSO market - I have had good luck with them.

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    Nothing at all wrong with Kenda if you get the right models of tire. Around here a couple of the Kendas are actually the preferred tire by some for the hellish 'Shore riding. I've seen the big fat knobby Kendas on some very serious downhill and big drop bikes.

    I was serious above when I suggested just get any brand with a kevlar or other flat resistant belting. Let's face it, by the time you're looking at that sort of tire you've left behind all the super cheapie craptastic tires. So with any of them from any big maker you're getting a good tire. It's just a case of finding a price you can live with.

    As it turns out in my case the three sets of flat resistant tires I've had over the years were all Panaracer. Pasela TG's on two bikes and T-Serv on the third. Oh, and one Specialized Armadillo which only saw a small amount of mileage before the bike broke down and is awaiting parts and time. IN any event such tires do work. Out of all the years and thousands of km's that I rode those three sets I can't say I actually remember fixing a flat on any of them.
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    Forte Strada K 700x28's at Perf. Bikes for $9.99. Bought em but haven't put em on yet. But I usually have good luck with tires so...
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    another 622-28 tire. with less puncture protection....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonefree View Post
    Forte Strada K 700x28's at Perf. Bikes for $9.99. Bought em but haven't put em on yet. But I usually have good luck with tires so...
    I've got these on my commuter. I flatted a couple of times the first few weeks and was a bit disappointed but haven't had another flat in the last 1K miles so figure it was just bad luck. Picked up another pair this weekend and mounted them on my son's new SS commuter. They ride pretty nice and the price is hard to beat.

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    I like the Vittoria line of tires. My favorite tire for durability is Zaffiro. I got 8k from one and about 23k from the other. Don't ask my why the difference. Next step up is the Rubino.

    You may want to look at the Michelin Lithion.

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    thanks everybody

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