Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: New Orleans
Bikes: 2003 Fondriest U107(him) 2003 Marin San Marino (her) Meridian 26" wheel "enduro" tandem; coupled 2007 Zona plastic tandem
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We have been using the 26x1.4 Ritchy "Tom Slick" tires with pretty good success for about 2000 miles. I imagine it will be a good bit wider than your 1.3 Contis, as they are wider than the 1.5 WTB tires we have on another bike.
The tire is available in both wire and kevlar (folding) bead. We have been running the latter. I choose these tires in part because they had listed a fairly high thread count, thus presumably yielding a nice supple casing. However, when last I checked the Ritchey website, I didn't see TPI information listed.
Over the course of about 2k miles, we have had a few flats due to cuts from sharp fragments of clam shell, which sometimes serves as gravel in these parts. While the tires still show a good bit of tread remaining, they do exhibit a number of tread cuts, and some cracking of the rubber is starting to appear at the base of the tread.
Last edited by thalver; 03-30-07 at 12:40 PM.