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Old 07-27-05, 05:25 AM   #1
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Which 26" tyre & inner tube?

Hello seasoned MBers!

I own a Specialized MB and was wondering what 26" tyres I should get as the ones currently on the bike are a bit worn out.

I use the bike for the daily commute to work and some short rides during the weekends. I live in a hilly area and it rains quite often. So I am looking for something that has a good grip but won't be a bi-tch uphill. I stay on the tarmac for 90% of the ride. Also, punctures is an issue, I had a nasty crash back when I was ridding my racing bike so if I had to prioritize things I would go for puncture resistance first. By the way, do the tuberless tyres offer any advantage in the field of punctures, in your experience?

Thanks all in advance for reading and replying.
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Old 07-27-05, 08:11 AM   #2
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Hello seasoned MBers!

I own a Specialized MB and was wondering what 26" tyres I should get as the ones currently on the bike are a bit worn out.

I use the bike for the daily commute to work and some short rides during the weekends. I live in a hilly area and it rains quite often. So I am looking for something that has a good grip but won't be a bi-tch uphill. I stay on the tarmac for 90% of the ride. Also, punctures is an issue, I had a nasty crash back when I was ridding my racing bike so if I had to prioritize things I would go for puncture resistance first. By the way, do the tuberless tyres offer any advantage in the field of punctures, in your experience?

Thanks all in advance for reading and replying.
Ideally, you would have a set of slicks you use for commuting. If you ride enough, you can justify the expense of having an extra wheelset ($100). That way you can swap wheels instead of swapping tires.

But if you're looking for a nice "compromise", the Panaracer Fire XC Pro should serve you well. It has a low rolling resistance and runs smooth on pavement. It's relatively cheap and available pretty much everywhere. On dirt, they're sure and able.

Just keep in mind that there is NO SUCH THING as a tire that does double duty. So called "semi-slick" tires are meant to decrease rolling resistance on dirt. The knobbies on the sidewalls will only cause you trouble on pavement.
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Old 07-28-05, 04:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply;

I currently have the Panaracer Fire XC Pro but I was told they get punctures quite often. I haven't experienced anything so far, but I'd rather stick to something safer even if it's more expensive. What do u think of the Specialized Crossroad EX ?

Thanks again!
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Old 07-28-05, 08:54 AM   #4
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The Panaracer Fire XC's will be more prone to punctures if they have a wire bead. Pretty much any tire with a wire bead will be more prone to punctures because if stressed improperly, the wire can poke holes in tubes.

Go with a Kevlar (folding) bead to be more puncture-resistant.
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