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Old 07-04-07, 05:31 PM   #1
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road tire for dirt road use too

Can someone recommend a fast rolling road tire that will also work well for some dirt roads? I first thought maybe a cyclo cross tire but perhaps that will drag too much on the road. Maybe the Panaracer T-Serv or Pasela? Thanks.
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Kinda depends on what kind of dirt roads your talking about. Are they pretty well maintained, or are they more like super-wide trails? I've ridden most of the dirt roads around Boulder and even raced on them on occasion and never really had a problem with just my regular tires. Be them continental, michelin or whatever. I'll bet a nice set of 700x25 or maybe 28's of conti's would serve you well.
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If it's just hard-packed dirt, I'd recommend something with an inverse tread (no knobbies, just cut-outs), like the Vittoria Randonneur, in a 28.
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Kinda depends on what kind of dirt roads your talking about. Are they pretty well maintained, or are they more like super-wide trails? I've ridden most of the dirt roads around Boulder and even raced on them on occasion and never really had a problem with just my regular tires. Be them continental, michelin or whatever. I'll bet a nice set of 700x25 or maybe 28's of conti's would serve you well.
Thanks guys. The roads are just the standard dirt road, nothing too nasty. Which Conti's are you referring to?

I'll look into the Vittorias as well.

Do you think the T-Serv or Pasela are too overkill??
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I'd go for a slick or slightly treaded tire in the widest size you can fit on your bike (pref 30-35). Air it up for the road, then take out some pressure if you're going to be doing a lot of dirt road riding.
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Vittoria Cross XN Pro have been working well for me in this application. They're not quite as fast as the fastest road tires, but they're sure not far off either. They're a file tread, made for hardpack. They do wear fairly quickly, being a race tire.
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