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    tire recommendation help

    I need a tire that is fast on pavement but can do some off road, its resistant against flats and an all around quality tire... some suggestions please. size 700 rims ....i have 700x32 cyclocross knobby on there now...thanx

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    The good old Schwalbe Marathon would be a great start: Marathon, 32-622, Black-Reflex, Wire | Schwalbe North America

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    Panaracer Urban Max?

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    Just put on some Continental Crossrides 700-42 a couple of weeks ago that replaced the 35- Cyclocross Race tires that came on the bike. I had a skinny racing tire setup on the bike for a century, but then went back to the fat tires so I could do some more mixed rides.

    Really aggressive tread that handles steep fire roads well, but also has a continuous center block pattern that is as quiet as a racing slick on pavement and about the same rolling resistance as the slicks, (but a lot more inertia and catch a lot more crosswind)


    Really wide so check for fit.

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    use regular 700x25mm or if you are a big guy, 700x28mm. anything bigger than that will be slow on the pavement. get a tough box-section $20 rim, and screw it on your hub.
    Last edited by Lone; 07-28-14 at 05:39 PM.

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    now that its cool there are gravel grinder tires ..

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    Panaracer Paselas are a good all around tire. Get the biggest that will fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
    Panaracer Paselas are a good all around tire. Get the biggest that will fit.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
    Panaracer Paselas are a good all around tire. Get the biggest that will fit.
    doesn't bigger slow u down?

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    Yes and no.

    Bigger tires are heavier

    Bigger tires are less aero

    but they don't necessarily have higher rolling resistance.

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    If you are willing to step up to 35 mm, I have been very happy with these:

    Clement XPlor USH 60 TPI Adventure Tire at BikeTiresDirect

    I also really liked riding the 40 mm model of this tire, but didn't like the lack of clearance on my bike (they come in 32 mm):

    Kenda K1083 Happy Medium Cyclocross Tire at BikeTiresDirect

    Nice supple tires that rolled well on pavement and gravel for me. They lack the center ridge of my current tires, but the small file-tooth tread rolls well on pavement,
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    Panaracer Urban Max?
    SLOW!!! Hated these tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TGT1 View Post
    Yes and no.

    Bigger tires are heavier

    Bigger tires are less aero

    but they don't necessarily have higher rolling resistance.
    Not necessarily. My 700x32 Compass Bicycles: 700C Tires Grand Bois Cypress tires are not any heavier than standard 700x23/25 sized tires. Less aero sure, but not enough to affect the speeds we go on bicycles.

    The size help with flat prevention since the with the higher volume they tend to roll over items instead of drive it in like high pressure tires. Typically high volume tires have less rolling resistance on your typical US road since they don't bounce like high pressure tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1111 View Post
    doesn't bigger slow u down?
    Surprising no. The tire makes a HUGE difference. Get a high quality tire. Lightness of the tire matters. If you can find something below 300 grams, you won't notice any speed difference from thinner tires but you will notice a huge difference in the nice ride they provide.
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    I can fit 700 x 40 should I go that big? Does anyone have thoughts on specialized tires such as borough armadillo or hemisphere ? I am also looking at the marathon supreme

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