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Old 01-05-07, 11:16 AM   #1
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What tire should I get

Hi,
I only do lite touring, but I weigh 250. So... I need a good tire.
Last few years I have been using Rivendell Ruffy Tuffys and I love them.
But the rear tire don't last a whole season of riding anymore now that I am riding
about 2k a year. (Hopefully more next year)

So I am looking for a tire that is a little bit bigger and a litle bit tougher.

At the top of my list is the Panaracer Pasela TG 32c. It weighs less than the Ruffy Tuffy, but has a good rep.

Next in line is the Schwalbe Marathon Racer 30c. It is only a couple ounces heavier than my old tires at a claimed weight of 370 grams, but looks tough. You can see a review of them here...
http://www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk/publi...e/reviews.html

Vittoria Randonneur 32c is another potential choice. But I think they may weigh another 1/4 pound more than the Marathon Racer. I am not familiar with this brand.

The new Continental Top Contact 32c has a claimed weight of 550gr and suppodedly has new tech in it like Vectran. It's not even out yet that I can tell.
Tempting, but I haven't been a fan of Conti tires in the past.

There are other possiblities, but that should give you an idea of what I am looking for.... a 30 to 32c tire between 400-600 grams, comfy ride but not slow. If such a tire exists!

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Old 01-05-07, 11:34 AM   #2
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The Panaracers don't seem to have a good rep here. They are cheap and I use mine as a spare tire. Schwalbe has a good reputation. Most of the factors that contribute to durability are also going to make them slower. I ran the Marathon slicks, and had good results until one blew up. There are models with much higher durability ratings, but they don't roll as fast.
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Yeah,
I wondered if it was mostly a tradeoff between weight and performance.
In that case I might try the Marathon Racer; see if that does the trick.
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Just read on Sarah and Jame's site that Sarah has had trouble with her Panaracer Pasela TGs within the first 3 days of their tour. You can read and see pics about it here under "First Three Days": http://blog.erck.org/ may have been just bad luck.
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Schwalbe Marathon has been a very good tire for me. I did 3K miles last year with Conti's and had very bad experiences, since switching to the Schwalbe's it has been completely trouble free with a great ride to boot! They might weigh a tad bit more, but in my experience -- DEFINATELY worth it!
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I think for your purposes the Schwalbe would be an excellent choice. I've never used them personally nor knew anyone who has, but I've hovered around this and other forums for years and have heard nothing but praise for them.
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