MTB -> Commuter
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chico, CA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Hard Tail (currently with slicks)
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I think so
I ride a Fisher Hard Tail MTB, and I swap out the knobbies for some Continental 26x1.3 semislicks. When I put these on, the difference was incredible! I'm not sure how big the difference will be going from a tire that is already fairly slick, but I would give it a try. I got my tires on clearance for about $12 a pop, plus some $6 tubes, so the whole thing only cost me $40.
Personally, the order of importance in a road tire for commuting purposes goes like this:
1. Reliability (i hate flats)
2. Weight (usually this positively correlates with width, but not always)
I've used my Contis for about 2 years now and haven't had too many flats...and in fact all of them were probably my fault (jumping off curbs, running over logs, etc.). I think 1.3 feels ok, but I was wanting to try out the 26x1.5 Specialized Nimbus Armadillos. Anyone ever try those, and what do you think?