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Old 02-10-05, 11:43 AM   #1
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Sick Slicks (tires, that is)

There was a recent thread about "street tires" that talked mostly about semi-slicks and hard pack XC tires. I'm wondering about plain-ol' slicks. Something I can occassionally throw on my mtb for street riding. Tires that will never ever see a trail up-close. What kind of recommendations can I get here?

Thin is good. Very low rolling resistance is necessary. But I need something that's got a little grip when the roads are wet. A lot of the comments/reviews I've seen for a number of slicks makes them sound like they won't hold any kind of turn even if the humidity gets high.
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Old 02-10-05, 12:09 PM   #2
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Ritchey tom slicks, i got them under 20 a piece. My LBS swares by them and i do now, i thinkt hey are 300 or 350 grams depending on the width, i use 1.4 but you can get 1.0. They last a while too. I rode today and its freezing rain, worked fine. Tom slicks have good reviews too.
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Do you use the wire beads or the Kevlar? I've seen that they can be tough to install. Have you had any problems getting them on your rims?
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I use kevlar, they are a bit harder than my knobbies to install but i find using the tire lever makes it easy. Using the lip of the tire leveryou can slide it in, have it so the lip is just hitting the edge of the rim so that way theres no way the tube can be pinched, lift up and your done. I just did a 10 mile run with my tom slicks in this crappy weather and i rarely slid
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Maxxis Hookworms are very big almost slick tires. Very good grip and for urban enviroments.
(ride over glass well and on vert surfaces ). BIG! A choice for non-suspension street.

http://www.maxxis.com/products/bicyc...ail.asp?id=160

Good for big riders who hop and do urban whatever. You won't smack your rims with these.
Tom Slicks are probably very good for fast street tires. Not tried, but I use his components, frame and consider him one of the best designers\ builders > I'd try.

Old school mtb pics- got a nice one? I do. A pic of them mounted on a members older mtn bike. Post #25. Looks plush.

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I use Geax street runner , 90 PSI, relatively thin (1.25 inches), kevlar lined and about $20per. No need to go thinner or more expensive imo.
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Continental Grand Prix with kevlar bead - size 25-559. These are lightweight, thin and work. Kevlar bead makes them difficult to mount on rim, but they are narrower than the Mavic 217's they are fitted to. Tyre pressure is 100 to 110lbs so Floor pump necessary. At this pressure, don't find any potholes but they do make a difference to speed and rolling resistance. On the grip side, did a 65 miler in torrential rain, and grip not a problem, even on high speed cornering. Did not like the Few excursions I made onto the verge though, but if you want a slick tyre, just like the roadies, then this is the one for you. And it works.
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I like my City Slickers (Tioga, I think). I unforetunately had to get the 1.95 (?) version (they are for the Trek) because I have a cheap wheel that is super wide, and I was afraid a 1.5 or less wouldn't work.
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There was a recent thread about "street tires" that talked mostly about semi-slicks and hard pack XC tires. I'm wondering about plain-ol' slicks. Something I can occassionally throw on my mtb for street riding. Tires that will never ever see a trail up-close. What kind of recommendations can I get here?

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I run Specialized Nimbus EX's 26x1.5
Plenty narrow.
Never had an issue with them of any kind
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