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    Road friendly tires for mountain bikes.

    I am looking for street slicks or tires that are street happy for a mtb. I would like them to be 26" tires and not 700 that are on hybrids. While I only have one bike (for now),I want some tires that will be comfy for a long ride. I don't ride on mountain trails,maybe a dirt path if anything. I've heard that slicks are excellent for the street and I'm toying with the idea. Do they have anything in the hybrid tires in a 26" tire?

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    http://www.amazon.com/Bell-26-Inch-C...8105549&sr=1-4

    The above work well, they are available at Wal-mart. I run them at 70 psi (rated 65). The roll very well, actually better than Michelin City (85psi) tires.

    There are many other choices, most more expensive.

    Make sure the tires you choose have a continuous bead around the center, as these do - that is what is critical for good on pavement performance.

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    I use Bontrager 1.5" tires on my Fisher, and they've been great. They still have a modest, fairly non-aggressive tread (IOW they aren't slicks by any stretch) so they'll bite a little if I have a stretch of sand or crushed stone I have to navigate, but they still roll pretty easily. I usually run them about 85 psi on pavement.
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    My wife's bike has a pair of Specialized fatboy slicks on. 26x1.25, 100 psi.
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    Continental Town and Country or Serfas Drifter http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=558 I have used both on my mountain bike when i rode it on the street. They both work very well have some grip for dirt roads the Serfas are cheaper

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    I put these:
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400237
    on my wife's town bike and she loves them. They are narrow and I run them at 90 psi (they're rated at 85). They also have a kevlar belt so are less flat-prone. If your rims are narrow, these would be a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLKATO View Post
    I am looking for street slicks or tires that are street happy for a mtb. I would like them to be 26" tires and not 700 that are on hybrids. While I only have one bike (for now),I want some tires that will be comfy for a long ride. I don't ride on mountain trails,maybe a dirt path if anything. I've heard that slicks are excellent for the street and I'm toying with the idea. Do they have anything in the hybrid tires in a 26" tire?
    Depending on just what you mean by "street happy" I'd suggest you look at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus ATB. They have a zig-zag pattern down the middle for low rolling resistance and knobbly parts towards the sides so that if you do sink into a bit of mud you get some traction. You won't get a lot of traction in mud - I've frequently found myself fishtailing in even a small amount of mud using them. Now I use a Marathon Extreme on the rear which also works well, has a more aggressive tread pattern but doesn't seem to hold me back on the road.

    With the Plus on the front and Extreme on the back I did 260 miles in four days (three days of cycling, one rest day), mostly on the road.

    The Plus tyres seem to be pretty much bulletproof. On the long ride I just mentioned I was with a group of guys and we had to stop every once in a while for assorted punctures. At one point I pulled an inch-long thorn out of my tyre, chucked it in the hedge, and carried on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbhenze View Post
    Continental Town and Country or Serfas Drifter http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=558 I have used both on my mountain bike when i rode it on the street. They both work very well have some grip for dirt roads the Serfas are cheaper
    I like the look of those. It looks they will work for road and dirt paths.

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    I just switched my MTB over to hybrid tires this season. I'm using Kenda Kross Plus tires from amazon. They were around $10 each. No trouble at all with them so far.

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    On my touring bike I have Panaracer RiBMo's (26x1.5 80psi). On my hardtail I the Specialized FatBoys (mentioned earlier). On my rigid MTB I have Specialized Nimbus Sport Tire (26x1.5 80psi).

    Other recommendations would be the Panaracer T-Servs, Continental Sport Contact, and Schwalbe Marathons (all very recommended on the commuting forum)

    So far the RiBMos have the best flat protection and good ride quality. The fastest are the FatBoys with o.k. flat protection, and very good ride quality. And the Nimbus with good ride flat protection and good ride quality.
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    Schwalbe Marathon Supremes: comfortable tires with great flat resistance, good rolling resistance, excellent traction on pavement and decent traction on hardpack (unless it's WET!). Make sure you are looking at the Supremes, as there are a lot of different Marathon models out there. The MSRP is high, but lot's of places sell them for quite a bit below MSRP.

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    I have City Wolf 26x1.5 tires on my Super V 2000. I love the ride!
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    I have been riding with these on paved paths and hardpack dirt.
    Big and comfortable. 26 x 2.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by nfmisso View Post
    http://www.amazon.com/Bell-26-Inch-C...8105549&sr=1-4

    The above work well, they are available at Wal-mart. I run them at 70 psi (rated 65). The roll very well, actually better than Michelin City (85psi) tires.

    There are many other choices, most more expensive.

    Make sure the tires you choose have a continuous bead around the center, as these do - that is what is critical for good on pavement performance.
    I have had great luck with the Bell, Innova, tires.

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