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Old 05-22-07, 06:29 PM   #1
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fast but tough touring tire in 26 x 1.25 or 1.5?

Suggestions for a fast but tough (even
somewhat lightweight) touring tire in 26 x 1.25 or 1.5?

Just wanting suggestions, as my gal's bike (Surly LHT) came outfitted with schwalbe marathon plus in 1.75 but I think they're a bit overkill in size, so am looking for either 1.25 or 1.5....I want a tire that is both fast and rugged: ie, good for city commuting (70% of use) as well as for loaded touring (30% of time).

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Old 05-22-07, 06:51 PM   #2
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Doesn't the Marathon PLUS also come in 26x1.3" size? That's bigger than the 1.25" and smaller than the 1.5" sizes you asked about.
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yeah, just found that out...thanks!
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A lot of tandem riders (notoriously hard on tires) swear by the Performance Forte Fast City Kevlar tires:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5425

They come in 26" x 1.25". Only $11.99 on sale.
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These are a pretty good tire for the price. Even though they spec them as 26x1.5, they're actually more like 1.35-1.40" wide.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_id=5425

I've also used the Perf 1.25s as linked by Ronzorini. They're OK too, but I have few miles on my 1.25s so can't recommend them as strongly as the 1.5s, which I have ~5,000 miles on a pair.

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I have the marathon plus 26x1.35 on my tourer/commuter. I'm really happy with how fast they feel. I've only put a few hundred miles on them so far, but everyone says they're flatproof. I bought from wallbike.com.
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How's the ride quality of the 26 x 1.35 marathon plus? Is it harsh in any way? I ride specialized armadillos in 26 x 1.5 and it picks up all road vibrations. It's fast, but harsh. I'd like to explore a tire that is just as flatproof and carefree as the armadillos, but more comfortable.
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Specialized Nimbus Armadillo 26x1.5. Cant beat it for a reasonably priced, (nearly)bombproof comuter/tourer slick.
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How's the ride quality of the 26 x 1.35 marathon plus? Is it harsh in any way? I ride specialized armadillos in 26 x 1.5 and it picks up all road vibrations. It's fast, but harsh. I'd like to explore a tire that is just as flatproof and carefree as the armadillos, but more comfortable.
What psi do you run? I usually keep mine at about 70. Loaded, I drop it to about to about 60. High psi in any tire will be a bit harsh.
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Has anyone tried the Panaracer Urban Max?
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How's the ride quality of the 26 x 1.35 marathon plus? Is it harsh in any way? I ride specialized armadillos in 26 x 1.5 and it picks up all road vibrations. It's fast, but harsh. I'd like to explore a tire that is just as flatproof and carefree as the armadillos, but more comfortable.
Marathon Pluses are generally harsh riding. This was especially true on my Cromoly MTB. Surprisingly, when I transferred them to the Safari, the ride was much better even though the Safari is aluminum.

Another option is the Panaracer T-Serves which come in 26 x 1.25 but are even narrower. These are fast, light, good riding tires but not nearly as bullet proof. I was averaging a flat every 500 miles or so when I was using these for commuting.
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How's the ride quality of the 26 x 1.35 marathon plus? Is it harsh in any way? I ride specialized armadillos in 26 x 1.5 and it picks up all road vibrations. It's fast, but harsh. I'd like to explore a tire that is just as flatproof and carefree as the armadillos, but more comfortable.
I wouldn't call them harsh, but I'm used to riding road bike tires, so maybe I'm not the best judge. I keep mine around 90-95 psi and enjoy the speedy ride and low rolling resistance.
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I run my about 90psi. I'll try lowering them.
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