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    What hybrid bike tires do you use? (or want)



    What hybrid bike tires do you use? (or want) and why?

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    Continental Top Contact. They came with the bike, and have so far proven stellar.

    Michelin Pilot City. They were inexpensive, provide awesome flat resistance, and my OE Kendas flatted four times in one week.

    Schwalbe Marathon Winter. Because I ride in the winter, and I don't like to fall down.

    I would like to try Panaracer RiBMo tires. They are light, provide puncture protection, and are well reviewed. Plus I like to say, "RiBMo."
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    Specialized Hemisphere Armadillos. They came with my bike but seem impervious to everything. I'm very impressed with them. Next set will probably be Nimbus Armadillos.
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    Session 700. Freaking great tires.

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    Serfas Secas (700x28). They are road tires, but I love them. In the 2-3 months that I've had them, I have only flatted once. That flat was due to rim tape failure.

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    Bontrager H2s. Would like Continental Sport Contacts for better grip on pavement. H2s I notice some rear wheel slip, and after only 300 miles the rear tire is noticably more worn than the front.

    Had some sort of Cheng Shins on another bike, which were outstandingly amazing for a cheap tire. Two years with no flats and only had to put air once after the bike had sat all winter and the grip was really very good.

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    Vittoria Randonneurs. Decently light if you get the folders,good handling and traction,reflective sidewalls,and I've yet to flat one.

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    "What hybrid bike tires do you use?"

    On my "road bike hybrid", Rivendell Rolly Poly 700x27.

    On my "touring bike hybrid", Continental Gatorskin 700x28.

    On my "mountain bike hybrid", Schwalbe Marathon 26x1.5.

    "(or want)"

    I have a pair of Schwalbe Durano 700x28 that will replace the Continentals when they wear out.

    "and why?"

    Continentals based of brand reputation and availability from favorite vendors.

    Rivendells, kind of an impulse purchase. I needed tires and wheels. These tires were offered for sale by the vendor from whom I ordered the wheels.

    Schwalbes based on strong recommendations here on BikeForums for tires from this brand. The Schwalbe Marathons I have are not among those recommended, but they are less expensive.

    Strong preference for sizes 700x28 and 26x1.5. Not too narrow, not too fat.
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    Rolling on Kenda Kwests. Like 'em a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    Vittoria Randonneurs. Decently light if you get the folders,good handling and traction,reflective sidewalls,and I've yet to flat one.
    I also run these on my hybrid commuter, for the same reasons listed. The folding ones are Randonneur Pro tires. I have pulled out many goathead thorns from the tread of my Randonneur tires, and with not one flat so far.

    My road bike has Vittoria Rubino III tires. They have good grip, but I have had two flats from goathead thorns with the Rubinos.

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    Maxis 310s. Lightest tires I've found in 1.95x26". They are decent offroad and great on the road, and they weigh 310g each so the accelerate extremely quickly and with 70psi pressure they roll better than most strickly road tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Chemist View Post
    Rolling on Kenda Kwests. Like 'em a lot.
    Agreed. Cheap, effective for my riding, started rolling on them in 2004 and my first flat was in 2009. Unless a Marathon can give me 8000 miles, the price differential isn't justified. What's not to like?

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    700*35 Vittoria Randonneurs for the prior round, not bad, durable & passable ride, but I wasn't ecstatic about how they cornered vs. other tires I used. Not as round in the profile so not quite as smooth when leaning IMHO. The 32's are a bit less so in that regard.
    Currently using 700*37 conti contacts, a bit smoother (higher tpi I think) & a bit easier on the cornering (more comparable to the 650b nifty swifty's I had on my Kog)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathly Hallows View Post
    Bontrager H2s. Would like Continental Sport Contacts for better grip on pavement. H2s I notice some rear wheel slip, and after only 300 miles the rear tire is noticably more worn than the front.
    I started with h2s, switched to the contact sports after I wore though the back tire - and I'd do it again if I had to. I have several hundred miles on the Conti's, and I don't think you loose any performance to be had in the h2's. I'd be surprised if that rear h2 doesn't last you at least 1,000 miles though. If you wanted it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky velocist View Post
    I started with h2s, switched to the contact sports after I wore though the back tire - and I'd do it again if I had to. I have several hundred miles on the Conti's, and I don't think you loose any performance to be had in the h2's. I'd be surprised if that rear h2 doesn't last you at least 1,000 miles though. If you wanted it to.
    1,000 miles is an acceptable lifespan for that tire? Good Grief.

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    Schwalbe Marathon Dureme in 700 x 40. A little more toward the touring/road side but they handle dirt trails and gravel just fine (desert around here, so no mud to report). Superior to any other tire I've tried (which admittedly isn't many) in every way except cost -- lighter, faster, tougher, smoother ride, grippier, easier to mount. No flats yet and it's goathead season! I am completely sold on these tires, you really do get what you pay for. Schwalbe pulled out all the stops designing these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDave View Post
    1,000 miles is an acceptable lifespan for that tire? Good Grief.
    1 got more like 1.5-2k out of them, which works out to be a pretty good deal considering the base price of the tire, puncture protection, & the fact they came stock with the bike.

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    Currently have the stock Giant S-X2 700x32 that came with my Giant Escape 1. Looking to switch to a 700x28 pretty soon. No idea which one though.

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    Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700x28. Much lighter and nimbler than Marathon Plus in 700x35 I had before, and surprisingly more comfortable too. I was considering Schwalbe Durano in 700x28, but the Supreme are more confidence inspiring running over all kinds of debris on city streets as well as going on unpaved tracks from time to time. I'm very pleased with them so far.

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    Having purchased a used Trek 750 in great shape, the first task was to replace the Armadillo Slicks with tires suited to my commuting and light tail riding. Having used Michelin World tours for years for city commuting on my touring bike, I took a leap of faith and purchased the World Tour 700c. They were an ideal fit for my purposes. The raised center ridge and excellent shoulder shoulder protection were a joy. A ten mile City ride to my favorite trail, a six mile lap on the trail, and the return trip were handled with speed and confidence. The reflective side stripe are an added plus at a price that made these tires a terrific value.

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    The tyres I'm currently on and love are 700 x 32 Kenda Small Block Eight (john tomac edition)
    There haven't failed me in any way (yet). I got them because I wanted the widest tyre possible on my bike and these 32's fit. The BBoy is designed for 28's so I'm surprised I got them within the frame geometry. Also, they were slightly used and only cost $5 each through a friend.

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    Small Block Eight is a great hybrid tire except I flatted them easily and often. (Now I run Mr Tuffy liners.. I bet they would work with those.) They're really thin, especially the sidewalls. I have heard that the new Slant Six is more durable.

    My hybrid right now has some Kenda Kross Supreme and I absolutely hate them on tarmac. They weave more than any knobby I've used and it feels like you're riding on a flat tire even when they have max pressure. They're ok on singletrack but not very good. I paid $20 for the set from Amazon and I think I'm going to wave the white flag and pull them off. I suppose I'll store them in the basement in case someone I really dislike says they need a tire.

    I think I might have my LBS order in a set of 29x2.0 Bontrager 29-3 tires. I read in a thread somewhere (not sure if it was here or MTB forum) that they fit on a BF member's 'mountainish' hybrid. If that doesn't work I'm getting a set of Slant Six. I have great tires on my road bike and my El Cheapo experiment failed miserably with my hybrid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    Small Block Eight is a great hybrid tire except I flatted them easily and often...
    Just as a matter of interest, what caused your flats? Glass?

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    Nope, goathead thorns. Sometimes mundane "sticker" thorns which is sad.. they aren't that tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    Nope, goathead thorns. Sometimes mundane "sticker" thorns which is sad.. they aren't that tough.
    So far here in Kyoto I've been lucky here with flats...no worries.
    In Australia, I'd have to pick beer glass (always green) out of my tyres after every ride. My home city in Australia is a bit of a resort area with lots of drunk wankers unfortunately.

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