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Old 04-15-15, 07:00 AM   #1
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Tire and Fender Recommendation on Soma Saga

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I'm shopping around for tires and Fenders right now. I know what kind of of tires I want but am unsure of the exact size. I was thinking the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire in 700c x 38mm. I know these actually come a 2 mm wider/taller than the posted size, so getting the 38mm would mean it's actually 40mm wide. Would this be a good size to tour in? I will be mainly on roads, but would like the extra width just in case I need to go off-road.

My fork dropout like the Surly LHT is 45mm wide. Would I be safe with these size tires or should I step it down to 35mm. Also, I do not like that these tires come with a wire bead. Anyone recommend tires that don't have this or just better tires overall?

Any fender recommendations?

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Old 04-16-15, 07:13 AM   #2
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I have a Saga as well. Right now I'm running Panaracer Pasela PTs in the folding version- 700 x 38. They are a smooth, high volume tire and fairly plush. Great for riding on paved surfaces but I don't know if I would use them extensively off road because the sidewall is very pliant and I have heard is subject to tear, etc. When you choose a tire, a lot depends on what kind of riding you do and what your expectations are and how much you want to spend. I tend to go for an all around type tire (comfortable yet decently durable) that does break the bank. For fenders, I have SKS chromoplastics which I like and have them on several bike I have owned. I also like Planet Bike cascadia fenders. Fenders will limit the width of tires you can use. Unless you plan on extensive off road, super wide tires aren't necessary and I would argue are a hindrance to speed.
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I'm running 38mm Paselas, I've found they work well on Boulder County unpaved roads (I've used 32mm Paselas also). Here's my Saga Disc with 38mm Paselas and 45mm PlanetBike Cascadias:


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I'm running 38mm Paselas, I've found they work well on Boulder County unpaved roads (I've used 32mm Paselas also). Here's my Saga Disc with 38mm Paselas and 45mm PlanetBike Cascadias:

Nice.That's a great looking bike!! So I ended up going with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. I think I will get the PlanetBike Cascadias too.


Random question - how do you get your pictures big like that? Each time I insert an image it's always small. Thanks.
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...Random question - how do you get your pictures big like that? Each time I insert an image it's always small. Thanks.
Thanks for the kind words. For the pictures, I'm linking to an external hosting service.
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