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    Alternatives to Schwalbe Big Apples?

    Considering a pair of schwalbe big apples for my Big Dummy, hear lots of hype about how great they are (and I've ridden the first bunch'o'miles on the pair that came stock on the BD and now require a replacement) but wondering if there is a less expensive or perhaps more accessible (REI, LBS) alternative?

    I'd prefer the 2.35, but 2.15 will do.

    Anyone have any recommendations for reasonable alternatives to the Big Apple?

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    yes there are other companies making a street tire of 26- 1.9~ 2.125" width,
    just go to your favorite LBS and the staff will help you sort thru what they have available.

    base price seems about $20. features like puncture resistant bands add to the price..

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcowan View Post
    Considering a pair of schwalbe big apples for my Big Dummy, hear lots of hype about how great they are (and I've ridden the first bunch'o'miles on the pair that came stock on the BD and now require a replacement) but wondering if there is a less expensive or perhaps more accessible (REI, LBS) alternative?

    Anyone have any recommendations for reasonable alternatives to the Big Apple?
    Schwalbe tires are the best around. I don't think you'll find many people contradicting that fact. Here's a short video of how their tires are put together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0P3oQWo22A

    Your LBS or REI can order any Schwalbe tires you'd like, just ask them. If you can order at least $100 of bicycle stuff then you may want to use Chain Reaction Cycles which has free shipping for orders over $100. If you have Amazon.com prime then you can also find good prices on tires via Amazon.

    Another alternative to the Big Apple is Schwalbe's Fat Frank. They have the same specs as the Big Apple but with a different thread pattern. Schwalbe has also come out with Big Ben tires with similar specs as the Big Apple.

    I've used other vendor tires but always keep coming back to Schwalbe.


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    Nomad Resist are fairly decent and come fat
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    I'd stick with the Big Apps and just try to find the cheapest price on the web. That's what I'll do when mine eventually go.

    FYI folks,longtails ride a touch rougher than regular bikes. The extra wheelbase gives bumps more leverage to bounce the rear. Tires designed specifically for comfort are a big help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Nomad Resist are fairly decent and come fat
    I have the 700x"45" Nomads. The 26" version is much wider. They ride nicely, but no flat protection (which is a big contributor to the nice ride).

    Nice tires for the price, but I probably wouldn't run them for this application.

    It's a shame Panaracer T-Servs don't come bigger than 1.75". I really like them.

    I have a friend who runs Schwalbe Super Motos on his commuter. I took it for a short spin and holy crap those are nice tires. Priced accordingly too

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    I Fit Schwalbe Marathon Plus on in place of the Continental Travel Contact tires
    that were on the Bike when I got it.

    still lots of miles left on the Conti TC's, [just a hole made by a rusty 10p nail in one]
    Hole closed up OK when I replaced the tube.. if I were on Tour ,
    I'd have just kept riding on them for months more ..

    I kept the 26 X 1.75 width size..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 12-31-12 at 12:50 PM.

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