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    Tire and Fender Recommendation on Soma Saga

    Hey,

    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?

    ~Yaser

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr IGH View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSoma View Post
    ...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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