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Old 01-25-14, 08:38 AM   #1
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road tire for mountain bike

Looking to put a set of slicker tires on my 29er for a century on it. Was looking at the scwhalbe big apple or maybe the Continental Cruise Contact 700c/29 Inch Tire. I have stans no tubes arch rims, but not running them tubeless. Anyone have any experience with a cruiser kind of tire rather then a knobby on there bike. I am going to be climbing mountain passes and coming downhill at 50mph all day, want something quality that will not fall apart. Thanks
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Old 01-25-14, 09:58 AM   #2
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Before I bought my road bike, I was using Scwhalbe Marathon Supreme 700 x 35 on my Specialized Carve 29er. They rode very well and was completely satisfied with the setup on the road. Unfortunately, I was only able to get about 500 miles on them before my garage was broken into and someone stole my bike. I have since moved on to a dedicated bike for the road and a second and third for offroad.
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As you have a 29er, you can use just about any 700c tire which will fit the rim, for this, you are looking at 28mm being the narrowest that will fit (Stans advise this http://messageboard.notubes.com/view...php?f=1&t=6425)
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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!
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How about these? Kenda Kross Plus K847 Tire 700 x 38 Black/Tan Steel - Modern Bike
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Schwalbe's Little Ben should work well on a 29er, if the Big Ben tires can't fit.
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If they are still available then I would suggest the Specialized Armadillo, if not then the Conti Gatorskins
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Fast, light with a superb ride quality and reliable flat protection the Vittoria Hyper is superb : http://www.vittoria.com/product/touring/
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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?
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The point is fat tires create suspension and smooth out uneven road surfaces. For me, with BA/FF's rolling resistance hasn't been much of an issue but the ride speaks for itself. Of course, they're great with 26".

For 700C, Schwalbe's new Little Ben is a contender. It brings the comfort of BA's to 29ers. On my country bike rig, I'm currently running Michelin City tires. They're versatile both on pavement and hard dirt terrain.
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I have Continental Tour RIDE tires and they are excellent.
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