Originally Posted by NormanF
I agree Schwalbe Big Apples or Fat Franks are the way to go. They're floaty and comfortable.
I'd stay away from thin MTB slicks. They give a harsh ride and the feeling of thin road tires on a 26" wheel is terrible. You'll be riding the Highway To Hell on them.
Fat tires rule!
I have experience with Fat Franks, they are heavy, also not so easy rolling as one would think from the tread pattern, but most of the all, they are unforgivably surprising slippery.
I don't know why, but for some reason those tires don't have much at all sideways grip, so if one takes that gravel road or there is bit of sand, wet etc. those can loose all traction in a snap during banking in a corner.
But then again, I have same experience with Winter Marathons in balloon size, which actually turned me away from Schwalbe brand for good. (I did ride 26" Nokia slicks on snow as they were more predictable than Marathon Winter).
I have really old 37mm Nokia tyres that outperform Fat Franks in weight, speed and grip, also I got them free, but I really can't advice which tires to buy now as new that would be as good or better, seems to be that there is not so great number of good slicks available if one would like to get that fat rubber.
32-40mm range would have lot more choice, but it will not be as much of air suspension.
If there is not much hills, then weight does not matter so much of course and fatter rubber gives nicer ride.
Bontrager has some slick tires, if you have that brand tires available over there, they might be worthwhile to check out too?