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Old 10-20-05, 09:11 AM   #1
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OK, I got a new Specialized Rockhopper because of the great frame, excellent reputation, cool looks, relatively good components, & low price (leftover '05 for $400). Now here's my problem: I am an "easy rider"; i.e., I ride mostly paved or hardpacked dirt roads. The tires on the bike are (for me) overly agressive: Spec. Adreneline- they constantly throw sand & pebbles all over everything (including me!) when I'm riding on hardpacked county roads. I'm thinking about getting the LBS where I bought the bike to replace the tires while they're still almost new with the much less agressive Spec. Hemisphere Armadillo. This would give me a much better tire for my normal riding surfaces while still preserving some light off-road capability. Any thoughts, suggestions?
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Old 10-21-05, 01:44 AM   #2
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The Specialized Crossroads would fall into what you're talking about more readily than the Hemispere. It comes in several versions including A reflective Armadillo version. (see link) The only caution I have is the tire does tend to be a bit slippery on rain slicked road paint and things like manhole covers and railroad tracks. It's not a big deal, but it's something to take note of considering it's fine grip in other situations.

I used the plain version on my commuter prior to going to slicks full time.
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so wat are you gonna do with the adrenalines? pm me if you wanna work somethign out
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Old 10-21-05, 10:07 AM   #4
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Raiyn- thanks for the info on the Crossroads; that is the tire my LBS recommended to replace mine. However, they didn't have the Armadillo version in stock.

Arom- my LBS said they would take the Adrens in the swap- thanks anyway.
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Old 10-21-05, 11:08 AM   #5
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You'll find that slick/semi-slick tires are MUCH faster than knobby tires.
There are lots of choices for tread patterns, I'd try to find a tread that
works well for pavement & dirt roads and not for trail riding.
Assuming that is that you don't do much trail riding, of course.
You know, fenders are pretty cheap too.
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And it will be a hell of a lot quieter too. Off road tyres suck on road.
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That's what they make "Road" bikes for guys.... Duh.
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http://www.serfas.com/tires/VSSK-R19.html
Roll very fast on the road, good wet road tire.
Work O.K hard pack, with some skill, light loose gravel.
Useless in mud.
Inexpensive for Kevlar.
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so what are you going to do with the adrenalines? Pm me if you want to work something out
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