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    Slicks for Mountain Bikes

    I currently ride an Specialized Enduro SL and I am considering buying road slicks. I have some great road riding around my house and would like to take that in also. With all of the different brands out there, which seams to have the best results? Oh, I am not dead set on putting them on the Enduro, but I really like the feel of that bike over my FSR XC.
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    Try the Continental Town & Country tires. They have a smooth center line on the tire with inverted tread to the sides. There is both a 1.9" and 2.1" version of the tire.

    http://www.conti-online.com/generato...ountry_en.html

    Here they are on my Bike:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zumba View Post
    Get a road bike. Not like you can't afford it.
    I don't know how that answers the question. I recently got out of motorcross and find a mountain bike more comfortable than a road bike. Chances are if I am not comfortable on the bike, I won't ride it. That makes sense to me, how about you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scelia View Post
    Try the Continental Town & Country tires. They have a smooth center line on the tire with inverted tread to the sides. There is both a 1.9" and 2.1" version of the tire.

    http://www.conti-online.com/generato...ountry_en.html

    Here they are on my Bike:

    These are what i run on 2 of my 3 mtbs. They are absolutely the best tire for being flat proof and the rolling resistance is good to. I've tried them all, and these were the winners.

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    Boy, they come in some wide widths, how much did they cost you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zumba View Post
    If sized properly, you shouldn't experience discomfort on a road bike, especially if you wear cycling shorts/underwear.

    The Enduro's suspension and weight can easily offset its comfort by tiring you out.
    You're really turning into an obnoxious piss.

    If he wants to put slicks on his dually, what do you care? Pull your freakin' "cycling shorts/underwear" back over your head and stop derailing the thread.



    Upstate: Check out the Kenda K-Rad. It's kinda like an "aggressive" slick. Kendausa.com It comes in wider sizes and would fit nicely on your Enduro for paved riding. It's even offered in a 2.5"...a little big for your SL, I'd say. Maybe a 2.3" would be schweet, sir.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Upstate View Post
    Boy, they come in some wide widths, how much did they cost you?
    They run $27.99 each.

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...5&category=179

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    You're really turning into an obnoxious piss.

    If he wants to put slicks on his dually, what do you care? Pull your freakin' "cycling shorts/underwear" back over your head and stop derailing the thread.



    Upstate: Check out the Kenda K-Rad. It's kinda like an "aggressive" slick. Kendausa.com It comes in wider sizes and would fit nicely on your Enduro for paved riding. It's even offered in a 2.5"...a little big for your SL, I'd say. Maybe a 2.3" would be schweet, sir.

    Those look nice and even cost less than the Continental tires.
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...7&category=189

    Has anyone tried the Kenda K841 Komfort Tire? They look nice too. And price is great too.

    Another interesting tire is the Kenda Kwest Hi Pressure Tire, 100psi for a mountain bike (26" x 1.5").
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...4&category=189

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    while zumba was kind of rude about it, I agree with him.

    road bikes are better for riding on the road. theres nothing that says you need to have your bars 10'' below your seat like a pro. If you can afford a road bike, I highly recommend it. It will be about 10 pounds lighter than your enduro, have more hand positions for comfort and will be sooooo much more efficient.

    Heck, you might even start wearing spandex and shaving your legs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatman View Post
    while zumba was kind of rude about it, I agree with him.

    road bikes are better for riding on the road. theres nothing that says you need to have your bars 10'' below your seat like a pro. If you can afford a road bike, I highly recommend it. It will be about 10 pounds lighter than your enduro, have more hand positions for comfort and will be sooooo much more efficient.

    Heck, you might even start wearing spandex and shaving your legs!
    Sure, road bikes are better for road. But who's to say that this fellow didn't spend all of his money on his new Enduro SL and can't afford a new bike? Maybe he just loves his bike, but only hits the dirt once in a great while and would like slix for the rest of the time.

    It seems as if people ask for help with something and 95% of the time they get suggestions that are waaay outside of what the OP was even inquiring about.


    He was asking about tires...something that costs $50 or so. He gets a freakin' suggestion to buy a whole new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Sure, road bikes are better for road. But who's to say that this fellow didn't spend all of his money on his new Enduro SL and can't afford a new bike? Maybe he just loves his bike, but only hits the dirt once in a great while and would like slix for the rest of the time.

    It seems as if people ask for help with something and 95% of the time they get suggestions that are waaay outside of what the OP was even inquiring about.


    He was asking about tires...something that costs $50 or so. He gets a freakin' suggestion to buy a whole new bike.
    I agree. There are some on this planet that are not comfortable with a road bike. I love my GT... I have never been comfortable riding road bikes. Thanks for keeping the thread on track.

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    maxxis holy rollers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleanshoebox View Post
    maxxis holy rollers.
    I didn't see them in 26" on web site. Did I miss something?

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    Upstate, are you on maxima.org?

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    I'm gonna put these on my 07 stumpjumper pro for commuting.

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    I love the Schwalbe Hurricanes on my Kuwahara Cascade fixed gear... they run at fairly high pressure (75 psi) and speed and at lower pressures (35 psi) have some amazing traction that works for the rooty dry singletrack I like to ride.

    The mileage on the Schwalbes is amazing... one tire on my bike has more than 2000 km on it and other is new and you can't tell the difference between them.

    I just fitted Kenda Kwest tires to my new Kuwahara 3 spd conversion and am also liking these tires although they are pretty much street only slicks.

    Both of these bikes see more street use than trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickj6 View Post
    Upstate, are you on maxima.org?
    I didn't know they had a site on maximas, but why not? Hell, there is a site on gm full size trucks, why not a maxima? Acutally, I was never really a forum guy until my wife got into motorcross / riding. I wanted to find as much info on women riders do and don'ts and there isn't alot of spoken information out there on that. So I turned to the forum called "thumpertalk" for that. Now that we are riding mountain bikes in lieu of motorcross, I am here. A postive progression for my body I might add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I love the Schwalbe Hurricanes on my Kuwahara Cascade fixed gear... they run at fairly high pressure (75 psi) and speed and at lower pressures (35 psi) have some amazing traction that works for the rooty dry singletrack I like to ride.

    The mileage on the Schwalbes is amazing... one tire on my bike has more than 2000 km on it and other is new and you can't tell the difference between them.

    I just fitted Kenda Kwest tires to my new Kuwahara 3 spd conversion and am also liking these tires although they are pretty much street only slicks.

    Both of these bikes see more street use than trail.
    Do they come in a 26"?

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    I like the k-rads. They come in decent widths for not getting caught in sewers/grating and are dirt cheap. Also have some tread for when you decide to take shortcuts. Maxxis hookworms seem nice, but pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upstate View Post
    Do they come in a 26"?
    Upstate - The Hurricane comes in a 26 and 700:40 size and the 26 inch size comes in both wire bead and folding version which is a tad lighter and has increased puncture protection although I have never flatted while running the wired Hurricanes.

    http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/107/ok

    I almost went with a 700:40 Hurricane for my cross bike but opted for the Schwalbe CX Compe in a 700:35 which I am also really happy with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Upstate - The Hurricane comes in a 26 and 700:40 size and the 26 inch size comes in both wire bead and folding version which is a tad lighter and has increased puncture protection although I have never flatted while running the wired Hurricanes.

    http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/107/ok

    I almost went with a 700:40 Hurricane for my cross bike but opted for the Schwalbe CX Compe in a 700:35 which I am also really happy with.
    I like it! Also, the super moto is cool. Thanks to everyone for their insight. I might try out a couple different tires that everyone had listed. Luckily my wife, my daughter and myself use the same size frame. So I bought my daughter a nice hardtail with 4" travel upfront, my wife a full suspension 4" and myself a 6". Now that I am semi broke, and enjoy the feel of a mountain bike, slicks seem like the right answer for the road.

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    Back in the old days when I only had one bike I had a set of Hurricanes set up on another set of wheels so I could swap them with the knobbies on my Trek 6700 and use the bike for commuting.

    I discovered how good the Hurricanes were one afternoon when I was riding in the river valley and was at the entrance to some excellent singletrack and met a few young guys on hardtails... one told me I'd never make it through with those tires (I also had my paniers on) and took off.

    I finally ended up having to ask these guys to let me pass them as they kept stalling on the climbs and sometimes I think I am on a mission from (insert deity of your choice) to school these young fellas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Upstate View Post
    I didn't know they had a site on maximas, but why not? Hell, there is a site on gm full size trucks, why not a maxima? Acutally, I was never really a forum guy until my wife got into motorcross / riding. I wanted to find as much info on women riders do and don'ts and there isn't alot of spoken information out there on that. So I turned to the forum called "thumpertalk" for that. Now that we are riding mountain bikes in lieu of motorcross, I am here. A postive progression for my body I might add.
    Good stuff, they got sites on everything these days! Maxima.org is a pretty big community, within the top 20 as far as automotive boards go. Nevermind though, I know of an upstatemax on maxima.org and saw a few of his posts which had to do with cycling, so I just assumed that.

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    I just ordered a set of specialized compound pros today (2.2"). They are new for '08. I will put them on my enduro sl. I think I will also order the hurricanes for the FSR. http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...jsp?spid=26518
    I will let you know when I get them how I make out.

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    Don't touch K Rads with a ten foot stick. They're alright for road riding, but they suck for everything else.
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