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Old 10-23-12, 06:05 PM   #1
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Cyclocross tires for 50% road and 50% trail use.

What 700x32 or smaller Cyclocross tires are suitable for 50% road and 50% trail use. I like the file tread or small block tread design, but also need some flat protection. I'd like to avoid the heavier touring tires and am seeking a faster tire with some knobs on the shoulder for cornering traction on semi-soft gravel.

Any suggestions?

I'll be using the tires for gravel and trail and some paved streets.
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Old 10-23-12, 06:46 PM   #2
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Clement LAS are nice for mixed terrain, altho the file tread with wear out pretty quickly on pavement. This is true of most file tread tires.

Clement USH are really nice on pavement and dirt with their smooth center section. 700x35c tho, so clearance might be an issue if you can only fit 700x32c's on your bike. The weight and rolling resistance feels like a narrower tire tho, in the 120tpi version. Truly great tires.

As you can tell, I've tried and been hooked on most of Clement's new tires. Great stuff.
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Schwalbe cx comps are nice. Listed at 30mm. Supposed to have puncture protection
Ritchey speedmax pros are listed at 32.
I have them both, and like them for gravel and hardpack rolling singletrack.
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I've been real happy with my continental cyclocross speeds for the conditions you describe, but they only come in 35mm.. They roll great on the way to and from the trail and on gravel, and as long as the trail isn't too loose, they get great traction there too. I've not had any flats yet, (all summer use) but it is considered a performance tyre, so they probably aren't quite as robust as some other tyres on the market. Kenda happy medium is a very similar tyre that comes in a 32mm width.
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Are the Kenda Kwicks terrible? I was going to order a pair for a vintage 1x5 build that will see mixed (grass/gravel/pavement). The 30mm width and brown sidewall would fit nicely with the build.

Any opinion on the 60tpi clincher Challenge Grifo?
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Anyone using any of these?

Vittoria Cross XN Pro: http://www.vittoria.com/en/product/c...s/#product-118
150tpi, File tread

Panaracer Pasela: http://www.panaracer.com/urban.php
66 TPI, touring tread with tan sidewalls

Kenda Happy Medium: http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...py-medium.aspx
120 TPI, Diamond center section with knobby shoulder

Kenda Small Block 8: http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...ock-eight.aspx
120 TPI, small block tread

Clement LAX clincer: http://clementcycling.com/88/las-clincher
120 TPI, File tread

Challenge Grifo XS 32 Open: http://www.challengetech.it/products...xs-open-020/en
260 TPI, File tread

Challenge L'Eroica: http://www.challengetech.it/products/road/eroica-027/en
260 TPI, textured tread
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Anyone using any of these?

Vittoria Cross XN Pro: http://www.vittoria.com/en/product/c...s/#product-118
150tpi, File tread

Panaracer Pasela: http://www.panaracer.com/urban.php
66 TPI, touring tread with tan sidewalls

Kendra Happy Medium: http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...py-medium.aspx
60 TPI, Diamond center section with knobby shoulder

Kendra Small Block 8: http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...ock-eight.aspx
120 TPI, small block tread

Clement LAX clincer: http://clementcycling.com/88/las-clincher
120 TPI, File tread

Challange Grifo XS 32 Open: http://www.challengetech.it/products...xs-open-020/en
260 TPI, File tread

Challange L'Eroica: http://www.challengetech.it/products/road/eroica-027/en
260 TPI, textured tread
Man, dude, you murdered the names...

Kenda Happy Medium vs. Clement LAS. They're both good tires. The Kenda is several mm narrower. ~31mm vs. ~34mm. The Clement rides nicer and probably rolls a little better. The Kenda has damned good grip...better side bite than the Clement. They're equal longitudinally, and in both cases it's more grip than you'd have any reason to expect. The Kenda probably has better tread life, but it's also heavier. They cost about the same. The Clement has no real flat protection where as the Kenda does.

Either tire is a good bet to race cross on, but I'm going to give the nod to the Kenda for your application.
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OH ya, I think that the Happy Medium has similar grip to the Small Block 8 and it rolls better. IMO, it's kind of making the SB8 obsolete.
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I'm using Small Block 8 35s. They run super narrow. I like them pretty well and they're great for mixed terrain riding. They do well in dry race conditions and are fairly terrible when it gets sloppy and greasy.

The tread does wear well which is a big plus in my book, and they're pretty quiet and smooth on the road. The casing is stiffer than other tires I've tried though.
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Check out Clement's offerings. Good blend of grip and roll-speed for paved/unpaved use.
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I just put some kenda slant 6 tires on my cross bike, 33mm but they measure 32. Seem to be a nice rolling tire, 22 mile ride on all pavement yesterday and you can't even tell they were ridden on. I have some 35mm kenda kross supremes that will be going back on after this weekends race though as they are some tractor tire-ish SOB's and will last forever. They get awesome traction in singletrack, and not to bad to pedal on the gravel or pavement.
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vittoria is another.. file center, row of edge knobs..a 32.. narrower maybe use a road tire
and get your loose surface bike handling chops up , in bike handling, on those..
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plus one on the Kenda's. And you can usually get good deals on them in off-season's.
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Are the Kenda Kwicks terrible? I was going to order a pair for a vintage 1x5 build that will see mixed (grass/gravel/pavement). The 30mm width and brown sidewall would fit nicely with the build.

Any opinion on the 60tpi clincher Challenge Grifo?
Kenda Kwicks aren't terrible, but I have found that they don't have much puncture protection, so I run tire liners. We have terrible goat heads around here and it's not 100% protection, but it helps.
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I'm leaning towards the Vittoria Cross XN Pro. The tire has flat protection and is light weight and durable, based on these reviews: http://reviews.wiggle.co.uk/7867-en_...ws/reviews.htm
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racing or riding? for riding, I usually choose Panaracer Pasela TG for messenger off road.

work well in sand. not so good on sloppy, greasy uphills though.

micro file tread is quite grippy, great flat protection, and fast on the road. knobby side tread is overrated IMO.

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