Tire: Schwalbe Marathon
Size: 26 by 1.5, 700:28, and 20 by 1.5
Price: $55.00 (retail)
Pros: Bulletproof, extremely long life.
Cons: A little slower rolling, especially with the Marathon Plus.
My favourite tire maker has to be Schwalbe and of some 16 bikes, 4 are fitted with Schwalbe Marathons and I could not be more pleased with these and figure they are worth every penny.
You sacrifice a little speed when you get a tire that is so bulletproof but they do roll fairly fast and the wet traction is excellent.
I use them on my long bike which carries massive loads and on both my commuter / tourers, as well as on my folder and will be installing a set on my daughter's 20 inch commuter.
My friend runs Marathons on his trike and is now having to replace the tires after 6000 km... consider that with 20 inch tires they roll 1.5 times as much and have gotten the equivalent of 9000 km if we compare them to a 700c.
Tire: Schwalbe Hurricane Sport
Size: 26 by 2.0
Price: $32.00 (retail)
Pros: Bulletproof, extremely long life.
My longest serving tires have actually been a set of Schwalbe Hurricanes that now have over 10,000 km on them and still look as good as new.
These are a 26 by 2.0 tire that are designed for road and hard packed trails and run 35-75 psi and I have done it all on these tires although their primary use has been commuting in all kinds of weather.
I have gotten one flat when a valve stem pulled away from the tube and these do have puncture protection and get a maximum durability rating from Schwalbe.
The centre tread is very firm and they roll out remarkably fast while the smaller side lugs are great for off road riding... I have used them on challenging single track with no issues although they suffer a little on climbs where the surface is lose.
If people want a versatile mtb tire this is my number one pick and they can even be purchased with reflective sidewalls and the folding version weighs 560 grams. I have been using the wired version.
Tire: Bell Road Tire (for MTB)
Size: 26 x 1.75
Price: $14 at Walmart
Pros: very slightly better rolling friction over mtb tires
Cons: universal sizing, wear, PSI - not worth it
I needed a bike tire quick, and I didn't have much money, so I did the unthinkable.
I noticed definite wear on the tire in the first week of riding. After a month of riding, it looks like it's been on for 6 months. I do not expect this tire to last long.
Even when aired up to its max at 65psi, the tire squashes to the ground pretty bad. I'm a large rider, but I have a skinnier tire holding up better than this thing at equal or less PSI. The rubber is just plain flimsy. This means the rolling resistance of the tire is not much better than a mountain bike tire, for me at least.
The price is very high for the amount of tire you get. I'm only writing this so no one tries to get a quick tire at a department store. There are tires online at a cheaper price and much better quality.
I've had a set of Panaracer pasela tourguards on my fixed gear since June, they are 700 x 32 size.That's almost 4 months now and I've put about 3500 KM on these tires. My weekely mileage is 275-300 km per week, and it's mostly commuting, recreational rides and running errands.To be honest with everybody I have never had a flat yet. Which is amazing, I never expected that. Most of my riding is on the road but I also ride a lot on gravel and dirt trails/paths.I've ridden over broken glass and all types of crap. The tread on the rear tire is worn but I think I can still get few hundered KM's before replacing the tires. The front has almost no wear. I did notice a few weeks ago that the sidewalls have tiny hairline cracks , but I haven't had any blowouts so I am not too worried about it. Very impressed with the performance of these tires and for the price you just can't go wrong. When I do finally replace them it will be with a set of Continental touring plus also in 700 x 32 and I hope that they will perform just as well as my paselas. Well since this is a commuting forum I won't bother writing about all the offroad tires that I've tested. Oh and for winter commuting I have Nokians, and I am very impressed with them as well.
Tire: Continental Ultra Sport Kevlar
Price: $22.00 (all my quotes are in Cdn dollars)
Pros: Very fast and still a great ride at higher psi... and cheap !
Cons: None yet.
Fitted a pair of these to my fixed road bike thinking the ride might be a little harsh due to the psi (120) and narrower size but was blown away by the ride... the basic Ultra Sport has a terrible ride at 100 psi.
They were a pain to mount and I used Continental tubes and over inflated them to get them to seat.
Am hoping these are more puncture resistant than the Ultra Sport because I really like these tires.