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Old 04-13-11, 10:11 PM   #1
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I'm riding a mountain bike with slicks and road pedals. I have slicks on them that have a mild tread on them. Saw some slicks that were actually um slick -- as in no tread -- at the LBS ($50-60 for the pair). Wondering since I'm pretty much using my bike for road rides only now if I should change to less tread? Does it make a difference -- better, worse? Anything else I need to know? Thanks.
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Old 04-13-11, 11:20 PM   #2
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from full-on knobbies to road tires makes a HUGE difference. I did my first few centuries on a Bridgestone mountain bike with road rubber, because that was all I had at the time, and it worked fine.
From one road tire to another, the difference would be smaller, and would depend on what you took off and what you put on. I haven't used completely slick tires in several years, but as I recall, there wasn't a big improvement over "nearly slicks." But if your present tires have heavy tread or are rated for low pressures, and you move to something with less tread and higher pressures (around 75psi or above), you'll feel it.
FWIW, I've been happiest with tires about 1.4-1.5 inches at 80-90psi. Skinnier or harder tires sacrifice comfort and control with no real improvement in speed.
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Old 04-14-11, 04:30 AM   #3
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I'm riding a mountain bike with slicks and road pedals. I have slicks on them that have a mild tread on them. Saw some slicks that were actually um slick -- as in no tread -- at the LBS ($50-60 for the pair). Wondering since I'm pretty much using my bike for road rides only now if I should change to less tread? Does it make a difference -- better, worse? Anything else I need to know? Thanks.
Read http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...e-myths-29245/

But, basically, a mild road oriented tread can have modest benefits, depending on what your priorities are. A deep off road tread will be harmful.

As for other stuff:

- Some tyres are made of faster rubber than others

- Some tyres have better anti-puncture than others

- Some have better grip than others

- Some are cheaper than others

- You can get three of these things in one tyre, but not all four!

If you go to Schwalbe's US site they provide detailed info for most of their tyres. So that if you want a cost effective all-rounder you might get a Marathon; to be as puncture proof as possible at the cost of speed, a Marathon Plus; to go as fast as possible, a Marathon Racer; to get the best combination of speed, grip and anti-puncture at the cost of more cash, a Supreme.
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Old 04-14-11, 06:59 AM   #4
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I just went to Bontrager H2 26x2.0 on my trek 820. They are kind slick compared to my OE knobbys. I'm so glad I made the switch. Like you most all my rides are road with some light rail trail. The smoothness and speed are worth the change. I started last year with smooth on front and Knobby in the rear and that helped me decide to go "road tire " this spring. Good Luck , I think you'll be happy. I like a bit of tread for trail and cornering, that's just IMO
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Thanks for these replies. Very informative. Oh~Treker: your setup sounds exactly what I'm looking for. I think heaving a bit of tread will make me feel better about my grip, even if I'm sticking to pavement.
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