26" Slicks- Thickslicks, Kojaks, Gatorskins etc. for a SS Conversion
Anyone have any opinions on 26 inch slicks? Gatorskins seems like they might be a little narrow at 1 1/8 and take some of the fun out of riding a 26. Thickslicks come in 2.0 which seems a little more like it, Schwalbe Kojaks come in 1.35 and 2.0.
Looking for something fast and light but still want some of the fun of riding fatter tires. Right now have some Ritchey Moby Bites 2.1's on my converted mountain bike but they are a little too steamroller like. Just not sure how much narrower to go and looking for a good compromise.
Thick slicks are made for skidding rather than being puncture resistant so they don't seem like what you are looking for, as they are bound to be unduly heavy. I'd go with the kojaks, but I'm talking out of my rear because I haven't ridden any thicker tires.
On my all arounder 26" bike I use Conti TravelContacts. They are essentially fat Gatorskins with knobby edges, ride like slicks. They look more appropriate on an MTB frame, but ride like wide road tires and you can take them in the dirt. Perhaps heavier and slower than you want, but a great tire: http://www.rei.com/product/709110/
Maxxis Hookworm 2.5. Way heavy, but bulletproof. ...if you can fit them on your bike...
Schwalbe Big Apple 2.35. Light, cushy, not particularly puncture proof.
Bontrager H2 Hardcase 2.0. Heavy, but not as heavy as Hookworms; bulletproof.
^^^ All these are great for riding street on balloon tires, but none of them are particularly performance oriented. There's a spectrum with performance on one end, comfort on the other. As a commuter, I like 1.5" tires. 1.25"s seem too prone to flats and make for a harsher ride. Anything 1.75" and up, it feels like I'm trading more performance than I want. 1.5", just right. For 1.5s, I like folding tires with kevlar beads and flat protection:
Panaracer RiBMo. Lighter than Marathon, more flat protection than T-serv.
Schwalbe Marathon. Heaviest, bomb-proof, more supple than I ever expected.
Panaracer T-serv. Lightest, but lousy sidewall protection and not the best puncture protection.
Originally Posted by Six jours
Bottom line: everyone here should listen to Mconlonx... he has it figured out and the rest of you, well, don't.
Did a bit more research and found Continental Sport Contacts looked pretty good. Not sure I'd dig the center ridge in the RibMos and the squealing sound around curves that a lot of people mention in reviews.