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    Kenda Karvs 700x28 knobby tires (or comparable) -- anyone tried it?

    I got transferred to new building at work. Behind the main campus is a really extensive dirt trail system. I've done a couple of rides on it with my 29er, but that bike is a bit overkill for a basically flat trail system and kind of a pain to transport to/from work since I usually ride it on the weeknds.

    "n + 1" is obviously the answer (ie, Cyclocross bike), but I'd like to try riding on a drop-bar road bike to see if I even like it.

    One of my bikes (that I could leave at work) is a Rival-equipped Fuji Newest 1.0. Has anyone run the 700x28 Kenda Karv knobby tires with success? Other tire suggestions welcome.

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    Bob

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    Hi Bob,

    I have a set on my All-City Mr. Pink and I love them. They've got good traction and I haven't had a flat in the 500+ miles I've put on them. They're the first tires I've had on my bike, so I'm not sure how the rolling resistance is compared to others, but I still feel pretty fast! They've survived gravel, glass, and pretty much any common issue that slick tires would never survive. I highly recommend!

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    RTC: Thanks for the response. What size tires are you running? Standard road rim brakes, I assume?

    Here's the tread on the Kenda Karv.


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    700x28 Vittoria Randonneur on my Volagi. They did fine on an extensive dirt expedition a few weeks back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostic View Post
    700x28 Vittoria Randonneur on my Volagi. They did fine on an extensive dirt expedition a few weeks back.
    I've seen those at REI and might give them a shot. I guess I can't ask you about brake clearance though, Mr Disc Brakes. How do you like the discs?

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    I'm a big fan of mild off road stuff on skinny tyres - dunno why. It's fun in a goofy way.

    Any chance we can get a pic of this trail of yours?

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    what psi are you guys running?

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    Sorry, should have clarified in my first post. Mine are 700X28's as well. They have the same tread as you have pictured. I usually run at about 90'ish PSI.

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    I was running the 700x28 Randonneurs at 85 psi. I put back on the 700x23 4 Seasons for now, once the rain kicks in I'll switch back. Disc brakes are nice. Very nice. Yes they add a bit of weight but once you get used to the modulation and go back to rim brakes, you realize what you're missing.

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