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Old 08-04-07, 06:43 PM   #1
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I want slicks for my mtb

My Trek 820 needs new tires. I had a blowout today and that was quite an experience.
I ride this bike on blacktops and loose gravel roads. I don't do any trails so I don't think I need knobbies, which is what it has now.
I want tires that have 1) puncture resistance, and 2) low rolling resistance.
I remember seeing an ad for rock tires and was wondering if anyone was familiar with those.
The tires on it now are 26x2.0.
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Old 08-04-07, 07:11 PM   #2
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My Trek 820 needs new tires. I had a blowout today and that was quite an experience.
I ride this bike on blacktops and loose gravel roads. I don't do any trails so I don't think I need knobbies, which is what it has now.
I want tires that have 1) puncture resistance, and 2) low rolling resistance.
I remember seeing an ad for rock tires and was wondering if anyone was familiar with those.
The tires on it now are 26x2.0.
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I would not recommend the Continental narrow tires on an MTB. They are fast but unless you have a suspension fork in the front, the ride is rather harsh. I'd go with Schwalbe Big Apples. Very fast and comfortable.
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Old 08-04-07, 07:16 PM   #3
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You can use any 26-inch tire. The ones on your bike now are 26 (approximate diameter) by 2.0 (approximate width). I commute on an old Bridgestone that also came with 2.0 knobbies, and i've used road tires from 1.0 to 1.75. They make a big difference over offroad tires, and since you don't ride dirt, I'm sure you'd be happy with them.
My recommendation would be to look for something you can pump up to 80psi or more, with a width of probably around 1.4 to 1.5, maybe a little more since you do occasionally ride gravel (skinny road tires pumped to 100psi are a real handful on loose surfaces, while if you have 1.5s or 1.7s or so and let a few pounds of air out, you can ride almost anywhere).
There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of choices in road and "combination" tires, and your bike shop should have a selection. This is one of those things I might not order online, because by the time you pay shipping the cost comes out about the same, and there's something to be said for getting to know the people in the shop, in case you need them someday for a quick repair or something. But you can see some possible tires here: http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?s...to%2026x1%2E75
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+1

I've been running Specialized Fat Boy tires which are slicks for the road. However, as Velo Dog says, you'll probably want to find something that has a little bit of tred on it for the gravel.
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Serfas Drifters. I've put about 4000 miles on mine mostly commuting.
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You can probably find some 26 X 1.5" slicks at your local X-mart for about $15 a piece.
My backup bike (which has over 1000 miles on it this year) has these cheapies on her, and still running strong.
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I actually do quite a bit of gravel riding on this bike. Sometimes 20+ miles of loose gravel or as much as 50+ on gravel bike trails. Mostly flat riding. I do distances with this bike. It's just that I do it on gravel and not pavement. No off roading/mountain bike stuff.
The bike does have front suspension. Would a slick or something with some tread be better?
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When I ride my MTB on roads I use IRC Smoothies, which are a 1.25" tire. They are absolutely wonderful for road and "bike path" (packed dirt, cinders, and gravel) riding and it lets me save my knobbies for when I ride x/c or downhill.

Here's more info: http://www.irctire.com/tires/smoothie.html

They are pretty inexpensive at about $22 each (that's Canadian dollars) and they have worked out great for me. I'd definitely recommend them!
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I am using Continental 26x1.3" Sport Contact slicks on my MTB. I like it. This is an old Trek 830 without suspension.
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I am using Continental 26x1.3" Sport Contact slicks on my MTB. I like it. This is an old Trek 830 without suspension.
I use them too, as well as the slightly fatter 1.6" version.
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I really like the Michelin Country Rock. Still a fairly fat tire, rolls real smooth and just enough tread to take the casual trail. I've gotten about 2000 miles off the rear, the front still looks great.

Amazon has them for $16

http://www.amazon.com/Michelin-Count.../dp/B0009U81DE

I've had the Conti Town & Country (?) damn things kept getting little stones stuck in the tread, really annoying.
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I ride this bike on blacktops and loose gravel roads. I don't do any trails so I don't think I need knobbies,
The tires on it now are 26x2.0.
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You might look at a "Hybrid" tire. I was given a new set when I picked up my free MTB's. I ride mostly gravel through the week then asphault on the weekends and I like them. The Wifes bike still has knobys and coasting down hill I FLY right past her with the smoother tires/less rolling resistance. The lugs on the sides work well in the grass and mud holes. They are almost the same size you have now. I see Amazon has them for $8.99. Also has some reviews on their site:http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Kross-Pl...171197-1441700
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You might look at a "Hybrid" tire. I was given a new set when I picked up my free MTB's. I ride mostly gravel through the week then asphault on the weekends and I like them. The Wifes bike still has knobys and coasting down hill I FLY right past her with the smoother tires/less rolling resistance. The lugs on the sides work well in the grass and mud holes. They are almost the same size you have now. I see Amazon has them for $8.99. Also has some reviews on their site:http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Kross-Pl...171197-1441700
I ordered these. The reviews all sounded good. Thanks, everyone.
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Looks like I'm too late, but i have the Serfas Drifter in a 1.5". No complaints!
http://www.serfas.com/tires/CTR-15.shtml
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+1 for the Specialized Fat Boys

I've been running them for about a month. Switched from Kenda Kwest tires after I ran over some glass which totally destroyed one of them. I wasn't sure about going with a completely slick tire, but I don't miss the Kenda's. Both were 100 psi but the Specialized's seem to ride better. They're fine over packed dirt trails, awesome on pavement.
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Go to your LBS, explain what you want, and they will point you in the right direction. As far as puncture resistance, cut up an old tube & line your tire with it for a little extra protection.
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