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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 12-16-11, 02:55 PM   #1
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My tires are awful what should I replace them with?

I ride a Motobecane fantom it weighs about 25lbs.

I ride it mainly on regular road to commute (city and rual roads) with an occasional patch of gravel roads but not much.

Right now I use Forte's wheels (gotham I think 700x35's) which weigh 900 grams each (about 2lbs!!) and they feel like lead. They really slow me down (or at least it feels that way)

What would be a good compromise for speed and puncture resistance? (traction not that much of a factor).

Price here not much of a factor if it means really good tires (ideally I'd like to run 700x35's).

Any suggestions welcome!
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Old 12-16-11, 03:51 PM   #2
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Panarecer T-Servs are the best touring type tire I have used. Low weight for what they are, great flat resistance, excellent grip and wear. Not cheap, but I've seen them for around 40 bucks a piece. I paid 50 per tire at a shop and they have been absolutely worth it.

Panarecer Paselas are ok and a lot cheaper but wear much faster and I think don't corner as well.
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Old 12-16-11, 04:25 PM   #3
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I'm running 700x28 Continental GP 4 Seasons on my commuter CX bike. I don't know how happy I'd be with them on gravel though. The Schwalbe Marathon Supreme is a very nice tire -- good grip, reasonably light, good puncture protection -- and is available in 700x35.
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Old 12-16-11, 05:36 PM   #4
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Vittora Hyper: Light, fast and supple: http://www.vittoria.com/product/city-trekking/

Very good on dry gravel, bad pavement and smooth roads.

Reviews are here: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/vittoria-ran...ing-city-tyre/
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Old 12-17-11, 05:36 AM   #5
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tHanks for the suggestions. I am thinking of getting the Vittorias.
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Had a set of Randonneur Pro's in the past... couldn't get them off the rim to save my life!
The bike shop had a time of their life as well....
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