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Old 02-22-06, 05:56 AM   #1
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This is my first post in the Touring forum. I want to convert my lighter wheelset on my otherwise XC mountain bike into a set of semi-road wheels. Judging from what I have seen from tire manufacturer websites, the tires I'm after should be classified as "Touring". I'm a bit of a weight-weenie, so I've been frustrated at not being able to find a light touring tire. I'm looking for something under 450g, for a size 26x1.75. Low rolling resistance is the only other feature I'm after since I'm going to be doing mostly concrete pavement riding with this wheelset. If my Panaracer Speedblasters (26x1.95) are 420g, I don't see why these tires have to be so much heavier. Durability? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Try Ritchey's Tom Slick 1.4"
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Thanks, but I want something wider. I'd say 1.5" at the very least, if not 1.75".
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http://weightweenies.starbike.com/li...es&sortby=real

Panaracer makes the Pasela Tourguard (TG) in a 26x1.5 and 1.75 size. The Pasela TG series are pretty light and have good road feel. They're not as puncture resistant as the Schwalbes, Armadillos, etc, etc, though.

http://www.panaracer.com/eng/products/index_ur.html#c
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http://weightweenies.starbike.com/li...es&sortby=real

Panaracer makes the Pasela Tourguard (TG) in a 26x1.5 and 1.75 size. The Pasela TG series are pretty light and have good road feel. They're not as puncture resistant as the Schwalbes, Armadillos, etc, etc, though.

http://www.panaracer.com/eng/products/index_ur.html#c
My Panaracer Pasela Tourguards just got delivered to me yesterday. The Kevlar bead 26x1.75 weighs 470 grams on my kichen scale. Maybe the 26 x 1.5 will come in under 450 grams?
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This is my first post in the Touring forum. I want to convert my lighter wheelset on my otherwise XC mountain bike into a set of semi-road wheels. Judging from what I have seen from tire manufacturer websites, the tires I'm after should be classified as "Touring". I'm a bit of a weight-weenie, so I've been frustrated at not being able to find a light touring tire. I'm looking for something under 450g, for a size 26x1.75. Low rolling resistance is the only other feature I'm after since I'm going to be doing mostly concrete pavement riding with this wheelset. If my Panaracer Speedblasters (26x1.95) are 420g, I don't see why these tires have to be so much heavier. Durability? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Avocet FasGrip City. Can't beat them.

Try the Panaracer Pasela as well. The quality of the tire will matter far more when you're talking about differences of 50-100 grams, BTW. The Paselas and Avocets are very high quality tires, and for touring they will work very well.

Are the Speedblasters a true 1.95" width? Have you measured them, and actually weighed them? What were the measurements? Curious.
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I found some Avocet Cros II touring tires 26x1.25 and 385 grams. I used a set of their 700x38s for some 7000 miles before a sidewall blew out and I replaced them. Price should be on the order of $30-$40. Touring and weight-weenie seem to be conflicting terms. Be sure to carry a cell-phone to call the sag wagon
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