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    Best 559 tire?

    Best 559 26" tire? for tandems.
    Looking at Schwalbe Marathons. Will be zipping down mountain roads and maybe a bit of gravel.
    Noticed the Forte ?? tires on the tandem I bought used are rated to 60psi, which is not sufficient.
    It is a Santana Fusion.

    Usual crew is two guys in the 180 lb range.

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    There are not that Many High pressure tires in 559. There is a HP version of the Kenda K193 rated for 100 PSI, the standard K193 is rated for 65 PSI.

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    Panaracer Pasela

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    What widths are you looking at? It's hard to get a feel for PSI without knowing the tire width (e.g. 60 PSI on a 2" tire is quite high).

    I'm looking at 26" tires in the 1.75" - 2" range and my top contenders are:

    Compass 26x1.75
    Compass 26x2+ (available soon, prototypes measured 52mm on 23mm rim)
    Schwalbe Kojak 26x2
    Schwalbe Marathon 26x2

    Team weight is <325lb so a bit lighter than yours.

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    I just got a 26" tandem and we are a heavy team, so I've been looking for higher pressure or larger slicks.

    It came to us with some WTB All-Terrainasaurus that were cracked with age. They have an 80 psi limit and are pretty large, 1.95, so those together imply a pretty big load capacity.

    The Specialized Nimbus 1.5" that I transferred off my commuter at 60 psi were fine for the first ride but I can see them squishing too much. They're also rated up to 80 psi, but I think it still won't be enough.

    Kenda makes a tandem-specific 26" Kwest, and also a 100 psi high-pressure Kwest. Not sure how or whether these are different.

    Schwalbe is unusual in their website listing load capacity limits for their tires. Big cruiser slicks like Big Apple, Big Ben, Super Moto, Kojak, and various Marathon models have sufficient load rating in their largest width sizes.
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    A couple of months ago I changed over to Panaracer Pasela 26x1.5 and run them at 80psi. Our team weight is about the same as yours. My previous tires were 26x1.25 running at 95psi. We get a much smoother ride now. We mainly ride the road or bike trails, but recently did a Rails to Trails ride in southern IL. The tires did great on the crushed limestone, some of which had been freshly redone, so it was very loose.

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    Thank you all.
    Ordered Marathon Supremes 26x1.60 42 wide to 85psi 105kg load Overkill?

    Nothing succeeds like excess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas5131 View Post
    Thank you all.
    Ordered Marathon Supremes 26x1.60 42 wide to 85psi 105kg load Overkill?

    Nothing succeeds like excess.
    We've had a set of Supremes (1.6" 406 and 559) on our Screamer for a year/1000+ miles. No complaints. We run them at 80/75 F/R. Based on 15% tire drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dphilips View Post
    What widths are you looking at? It's hard to get a feel for PSI without knowing the tire width (e.g. 60 PSI on a 2" tire is quite high).

    I'm looking at 26" tires in the 1.75" - 2" range and my top contenders are:

    Compass 26x1.75
    Compass 26x2+ (available soon, prototypes measured 52mm on 23mm rim)
    Schwalbe Kojak 26x2
    Schwalbe Marathon 26x2

    Team weight is <325lb so a bit lighter than yours.
    We roll the Compass 26x1.75 and, while we really enjoy them, we just can't wait for the 26x2+ Rat Trap Pass tires to be available. I look at the site every day in hopes that it is X-mas.

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    Same here. We use the Compass 26 x 1.75 and they're a nice mixed-use tire, but not as fast as the 700 x 32 Cypres we use on the road tandem.

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