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    Drink my Koolaid MadProphet's Avatar
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    I'm also wondering a lot about changing tires from the stock ones supplied by Trek on my 8.3. I'd like something that offers massive puncture protection while some less rolling resistance than the stock models. I was also learning about tubeless and wondering about that.

    I had Schwalbe Big Apples on my trike and so have a certain affinity for the maker, especially given the overall acceptance of them for puncture protection among the triker set. I have no interest nor intent to use BA's on my Trek. What about these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ATVPDKIKX0DER?

    I'm 225lbs, ride mostly (almost only) paved trails and really want to reduce rolling resistance while keeping in mind the need for traction in the wet weather with trails COVERED with pine needles and leaves, plus naturally water. Would the Marathon Supremes or CX comps fit the bill? I'd like to, should need/opportunity present itself, to be able to take the occasional dirt trail. Coming down a hill on my last ride, I did jump off some curbs and took a detour along a dirt trail - just dirt - no rocks roots or drops.

    Like I said, I'm considering going tubeless, replacing the wheelset to tubeless specific and then fitting tires to that. I probably want what doesn't exist, something with traction, but massive protection and tubeless. Oh, they should be free. J/K. Cost is not the object here.

    And please, since I'm really new to this whole thing, explanations where possible as to why you're suggesting something are greatly appreciated. I'm also open to a hard slap to bring me back to reality if someone needs to say "focus!" In looking, I find it hard to get clear-cut explanations of the various models and more importantly, their shortcomings. Most manufacturers make three dozen models, but for anything made for more than one purpose, they seem to say each is simply awesome for everything!
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    Nobody has mentione Panaracer Paselas yet, so I will. They are available in almost every common size. Good street tires with deep enough tread to shed water and handle modest gravel and dirt roads. Price-wise they are very affordable. I have purchased them on a good sale for $20 (USD) each in the standard type and $25 for the belted TourGuard version. Panaracer urban tires
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    +1 on the pannaracers, I like their urban max tires a lot
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    I've been very pleased with my Kenda Happy Medium Cyclocross tires so far (I believe there is a MTB version as well... same name). I can't speak to how they wear since they are still fairly new but their performance has been great. All the reviews I read online prior to buying them were extremely positive as well. I got the 700x35s.
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    Specialized Crosstrails are heavy,but I've never flatted the 'plain' Flak Jacket models,they roll/handle well,and have enough tread for snow duty. They're my winter tires until it gets icy,then I switch to the studs. Also like Serfas Drifters. They have an inverted tread pattern like Conti Town & Countries,but unlike the T&C's,I've never flatted them(2fr,3r on the T&C's that came stock on my Safari). They're decent in snow too.

    Really you only need tread(as in raised/knobby) for mud,sand,and snow. For grass and gravel,it's more width than tread pattern. If you're not actually in mud/snow,but going to ride in rain,than the Marathon Supremes are it. I've twice gotten air under my rear wheel while panic-braking down a steep hill,once in the rain,and both times the Supremes bit in and I stopped without excess drama. I also pulled over a half dozen bits of FOD out of the rear with zero flats. They're really worth the price.

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    The Schwalbe Marathon Suipremes do come in 26" sizes. They are, simply, an amazing bicycle tire. I run a mix of 35 on the front for quicker and more precise steering, and a 40 on the rear for comfort. I ride a Specialized Crosstrail, oldstyle frame(prior to '09)I run 'em both at 92PSI (rated for 85) as the roll is remarkably improved at that pressure. I have done this for several years now, and am very pleased.

    Expensive, but you will not be disappointed.

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