Have bike, will travel
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: De Rosa Super Prestige, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
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I have the Smart Sam for use on my Monster-cross bike, but it's overkill 99% of the time. The best use of the Smart Sam is soggy and loose earth. The Smart Sam is a good option for 75% singletrack, 25% road.
I would look at these tires as alternatives;
I have the 700x45 size Smart Sam. I also have a 700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Dureme, a 700x38 Schwalbe Marathon Cross and a variety of 700x32 tires.
A 700x40 tire can be run at low pressures and provides more suspension than a smaller tire. However, leave enough room for mud accumulation and for rims or tires that are not perfectly round.
A Trek 700 might not accept a tire larger than 700x40, but a 700x35 will fit without issues. If you buy a 700x40, puchase on the condition that the tires can be returned if they are too large.
The Schwalbe Marathon Dureme is an ideal 25% singletrack, 75% road tire. The tread is not knobby, but it works very well on rain soaked gravel or dry singletrack and earth. The tire is very smooth and fast on pavement. The Schwalbe Marathon Dureme is sold in both a 700x40 and 700x35 size.
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Last edited by Barrettscv; 07-25-12 at 08:53 AM.