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    Opinion on tires

    So the bike I am picking up Friday comes with the Kenda Happy Medium tires. I plan on riding 90% on road, and maybe packed dirt paths now and then. I am assuming these tires would be fine for the little time I spend off pavement, but I'm thinking they could be a little better for pavement. The LBS said they would switch them out for me with something else. I found these Maxxis Overdrives. They seem like a really good street tire, and would be able to handle a little dirt. I am thinking I would like these better. Anyone have opinions on either of these? Anyone use either of them? Thanks for any input.

    http://www.amazon.com/Maxxis-Overdri...700+x+38c+tire

    http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...py-medium.aspx

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    If your riding on pavement 90% of the time, slicks would be fine, as long as it's not muddy, slicks will work off road as well. the Maxxis Overdrive will cope fine with trails. The Kenda's you have linked to really are a more MTB tire than road tire, and the bike performance may not be as good with them as the Maxxis.

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    Which bike?

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    Schwalbe Marathon Supremes.................. are absolutely fantastic tires.............. Expensive, but worth every penny.

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    From personal experience, I can tell you those Maxxis Overdrives can be a little noisy on regular pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsteve View Post
    Which bike?
    Its a Raleigh Misceo Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Schwalbe Marathon Supremes.................. are absolutely fantastic tires.............. Expensive, but worth every penny.
    Ive looked at those as well...actually we're on my list for a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    From personal experience, I can tell you those Maxxis Overdrives can be a little noisy on regular pavement.
    Thanks. That's exactly what the LBS guy told me.

    so as it turns out, the LBS is throwing a set of the Specialized Infinity Armadillos on there for me. I read a bunch of good reviews in them, and that's what the guy recommended. I may get a second wheel set and throw a more dirt oriented tire on there for when I decide to get a little more off road.


    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

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    On pavement I favor Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700x38c. Light, fast and very puncture resistant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemY View Post
    On pavement I favor Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700x38c. Light, fast and very puncture resistant.
    +1 on the Hypers, AKA Vittoria Voyager Hypers.

    I have the Happy Medium, The Vittoria Randonneur Hyper and the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme.

    The Supreme is extra tough and durable, but heavier than the Hyper and it feels slower. The Happy medium is best on gravel but is not a road tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    +1 on the Hypers, AKA Vittoria Voyager Hypers.

    I have the Happy Medium, The Vittoria Randonneur Hyper and the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme.

    The Supreme is extra tough and durable, but heavier than the Hyper and it feels slower. The Happy medium is best on gravel but is not a road tire.
    What are you running those Supremes at? I find that 92 PSI makes a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    What are you running those Supremes at? I find that 92 PSI makes a huge difference.
    A number of factors determine the ideal air pressure of a tire. While 92 psi might help a tire feel fast, it's not likely to be an ideal air pressure value. Cyclist weight, tire size and other factors can help contribute to finding an ideal air pressure.
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