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View Poll Results: What 26" Road Tires Do You Recommend?
Continental -- SportContact 3 13.64%
Kenda -- Kwest 0 0%
Michelin -- Michelin XC Road 0 0%
Panaracer -- Pasela Tourguard 3 13.64%
Panaracer -- T-Serv 0 0%
Ritchey -- Tom-Slick 0 0%
Schwalbe -- Marathon 4 18.18%
Specialized -- Nimbus Armadillo 7 31.82%
WTB -- Slickasaurus 1 4.55%
Other 5 22.73%
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Old 07-26-06, 12:11 AM   #1
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26" Road Tires

The selection of 26" road tires is a bit limited (when compared to 700c). I am interested in what tires others are using and how they feel about them.

What 26" road tires do you use?
How do you like them?
How do would you compare them to other 26" road tires?
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Old 07-26-06, 04:34 AM   #2
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Used a pair of Marathons and a pair of Conti SportContacts. The Marathons were my only tyres ever that completely disintegrated. I had a ****load of punctures despite the theoretical puncture protection, and then the rear developed a hump (well, two...) that I could actually feel while riding along. The twin tread started to separate, too. Crap, I say.

The Contis are very solid quality tyres. Many-many messengers use them, and they know their parts... I used them for a short while, no complaints.
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Old 07-26-06, 04:40 AM   #3
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I just put Performance Forte City ST 26x1.5s on my commuter. Compared to the 26x1.95 Psycho II knobbies, they're like riding on clouds. As to durability? Dunno, it's only been a week. I just wanted to experiment and see if the slicks (with inverse tread) really made a difference before dropping serious coin (the Fortes are sheep). They do, so when they go, I'll be looking at something with kevlar or whatever.
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Old 07-26-06, 05:19 AM   #4
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I use 1.5" Serfa Drifters on my Sedona, and they seem to do well. Over a thousand trouble free miles, and they roll pretty well. Maybe heavy, but so am I.

It doesn't impact performance, but if I make a sharp turn on very smooth asphault, the inverted treads make a suction cup sound as they make and break contact eith the asphalt... Neat sound effect, but still rolls smoothly.

I also have a set of 1.25" Nashbar slicks that I have mounted, but not ridden on another bike (aweainting fork swap).
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Old 07-26-06, 07:38 AM   #5
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I perfer the Marathon Slicks or Big Apple for a commuter. Unless you are riding alot of dirt/gravel paths the tread is not needed.
One of these days I'm going to build up a Karate Monkey with 29er Big Apple 2.35" tires for my commuter. My biggest concern there is figuring out how to fit fenders on it.
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Old 07-26-06, 08:20 AM   #6
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Voted for Panaracer Pasela TG; used them (folding, 1.5") last season -- great tire: supple, very quick, and very puncture resistant. Weakness: very fast wearing on rear. This year I've discovered another great (new), though expensive, tire: Vredestein 'Perfect Moiree'. I'm using the 1.75": supple, very fast rolling, excellent cornering on asphalt, hard wearing, reflective strip. Downsides: 1) NOT for off-road except very hardpacked dirt 2) Heavy [710 grams for the 1.75] 3)very hard to off/on. As a fast, durable, on-road mtb tire: great. I think there's several sizes, incl. a 1.3" which replaces the excellent Vred. S-Lick.
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Old 07-26-06, 08:34 AM   #7
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i've got Continental Town & Countrys on my bike (they are 26x2.1) they're huge but i use them for all sorts of city riding around campus and commuting - they do roll about a ton faster than knobbies - i love the inverted tread
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Old 07-26-06, 10:16 AM   #9
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I use michelin transworld cities (both 26x1.5 and 700x28 actually) but more for the reflective sidewalls than anything else. Theoretically I'd prefer them to be slick rather than have inverted tread, but I most like the sidewalls, so there it is for me.
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Old 07-26-06, 10:35 AM   #10
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Avocet Cross II is another option. Wear pretty well in my experience.
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I use michelin transworld cities (both 26x1.5 and 700x28 actually) but more for the reflective sidewalls than anything else. Theoretically I'd prefer them to be slick rather than have inverted tread, but I most like the sidewalls, so there it is for me.
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Old 07-26-06, 02:57 PM   #12
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I like the Armadillo since my main goal is to avoid flats. I've also had the WTB Slickasaurus with a Mr. Tuffy and that works just about as well too. My messenger friend likes Tioga City Slickers with Mr. Tuffy's since they are a little narrower (1.25").
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Old 07-26-06, 03:17 PM   #13
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I have had friends with great luck (flat resistence and speed) with the Transworld City and the WTB All Terrainasaurus (which I have on my 26" commuter). I just haven't had much time on it since I started riding my other bikes to work.
Avocet Cross II is another great tire.


For the price and for solely road riding, I'd try the Transworld City or Geax Streetrunner.
Both are cheap.

For mixed packed trail/gravel and road, I'd use the All Terrainasaurus.
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Old 07-26-06, 04:06 PM   #14
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Armadillos for me, 26 x 1.5. Tough enough for my city riding, and MUCH faster then the knobbies they replaced. Very happy with them, I will just get another set when these eventually wear out.

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