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Old 05-10-13, 09:47 AM   #1
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26" Tire Recommendations

I need to replace 4 26" tires on my neighbors Specialized Expeditions. Rims are 599X18, current tires are Specialized 26X1.95, Hemisphere, Armadillos. OEM - These Expeditions are '06-'08

The bikes are ridden on pavement, and very occasionally hard packed MUP. 99% pavement. Rides are less than 20 miles.

I need recommendations for relatively inexpensive, good rolling, reasonably durable and puncture resistant tires. They are not stuck on width.

Thanks for any and all assistance you are able to give.

Yes, I love my Schwalbes, but don't think they want to spend that kind of money on tires that don't turn very often. Even those Armadillos are kind of pricey at the LBS.
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Old 05-10-13, 10:34 AM   #2
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I've had these for 2 years now with no problems-
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...et-runner-tire
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those Hemispheres are really pretty nice 26" street tires... thye can be had without armadillo antipuncture stuff for quite a bit cheaper, but if you live where glass, thorns are a problem, then you probably want flat-proof tires.

the fastest rolling 26 I ever ran was a Tom Slick from Ritchey, I have no idea if these are available any longer. they are a skinny slick like 26x1.5"

my 26" 7-speed 'cruiser' (homebrew beast I built in the 70s) is currently running some GeaX Evolution 26x1.9" tires, they are very nice rollers, and were quite inexpensive. Geax is Vittoria's fat tire line. Even tho these are considered semi-slicks, I've run them on dirt trails a fair amount, and they have great traction on anything short of deep sand and mud.

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One of my faves http://www.amazon.com/Michelin-Pilot.../dp/B002Z7EE0I
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If you're looking for budget tires,I'd go with Serfas Drifters in either 1.5 or 2". Had them for a season on my commuter and liked them. They're almost exactly like Conti Town & Countries,except they actually are flat resistant. Reflective sidewalls are optional.
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Any first hand knowledge of the Panaracer Pasella Tourguards in the 1.75 or 1.5???
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not that tire specifically, but in general Panaracer's are good tires for an excellent price.
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Any first hand knowledge of the Panaracer Pasella Tourguards in the 1.75 or 1.5???
Yep; used them for years now, in both 1.5 and 1.75 (x26; now using 700x32 in the off-season on my main bike but still using them for mixed surface riding on my hardtail). Can't say enough good things about them; reasonably light, fast-rolling, and puncture resistant (resistant, not Marathon Plus-style, but very few punctures).
Bear in mind I use the folding version, but still ... an excellent all-round tire.
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I'm pretty happy with these Kendras so far

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