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!