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Old 12-22-05, 09:48 AM   #1
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Looking for suggestions on a good 700c dirt tire.

We are starting to plan our summer riding...one tour we want to do in the spring is on a mix of about 60% paved and 40% dirt roads.

I called Velocity, the mfgr. of the rims on our Burley, and the gentleman I spoke with said a 700x32c would be the widest we'd want to try and fit on it.

So, does anyone have any suggestions on what a good cross tire (pavement and packed dirt) would be, sized up to 32c?

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Old 12-22-05, 09:59 AM   #2
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I have a set of Continental Twister Pro cyclocross tires on a single bike and I really like them. They are fast rolling on pavement and have good grip on dirt as well. I haven't tried them on a tandem though.

http://www.conti-online.com/generato...wister_en.html
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Running 26", which does not help you at all, The type of tyre that works on hard pack and pavement- Is a semi-slick. If you can get this type of tread in 700, then it will work for you.
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Old 12-22-05, 02:33 PM   #4
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I am using a kenda semislick it is 42mm and works good they make a 32mm a 38mm version too. If the dirt roads aren't that bad it is a good tire to go with because of the smooth center surface. It is the Kenda Cross ATB Plus it is available at nashbar for $10 so buy a couple.
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I have Ritchey SpeedMax Cross tires (700 x 32c) as stock tires on my Cross Check. They have been great this year and do fairly well on dirt/hardpack. They also ride well enough on pavement. Have not riden them enough to know how durable they are, but they seem pretty good. REI generally stocks these, too.
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You might look for some Specialized Tri-cross comp. They are 28cm. Work fine for me on my "no clearance" road bike. Michelin has some 30cm tires. Do a search on cyclocross tires to reveal some more.

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Old 12-24-05, 12:42 AM   #7
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You might try Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy tires. It is a road tire but ultra tough and should hold up fine on dirt. Rivbike.com
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Running 26", which does not help you at all, The type of tyre that works on hard pack and pavement- Is a semi-slick. If you can get this type of tread in 700, then it will work for you.
http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...ku=1966&brand=

This is the type of Tyre and it is done in 700 32
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We used to run Avocet Cross tires with inverted tread. The inverted tread rolls quiet similar to a slick on pavement, and the inverted tread works somewhat like a knobby on dirt. Avocet has a new generation of inverted tread tires that are supposed to be new and improved (i.e. lighter) www.avocet.com
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