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Old 01-20-09, 03:26 PM   #1
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26" Tire Recommendation

I'm starting to collect all the parts to build up an old Panasonic mountain bike into a touring bike. Looking for tires I'd really prefer to get something with a skinwall to go along with the vintage frame and parts. The Panaracer Pasela's look pretty good, but only go up to 1.5" wide. I'd prefer something a little wider like 1.75 or 2.

Any suggestions? I'll go with a paselas as they seem fit for touring and are cheap, just wondering if there's another option.
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Old 01-20-09, 03:32 PM   #2
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What about Schwalbe Marathon Slicks?
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Old 01-20-09, 04:55 PM   #3
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schwalbe big apples, if you can fit them, are the ultimate all around tire (IMO). or, you can PM me, and I will sell you my low-miles creme colored schwalbe fat franks for a good deal...
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Old 01-20-09, 05:24 PM   #4
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Michlin have newer let me down yet. The have all kinds of wheels, also great wheels to avoid puncture. I would also suggest Continental city ride.
My experience is that it is also the leading car-wheel producers that also have the best cycle tyres, possibly because they have more money to use on developing. They also have the best range to choose from soon, except for a couple of other brands.
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I just put on a pair of Schwalbe Supreme 1.6. I can't report much yet, other than they cost as much as a car tire, and they weighed almost a pound less than the Marathons that they replaced.
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Big apples for the win! Not sure about the new 'liteskin' ones but they sound cool. (BAs are available way cheaper than from schwalbe na by the way but they seem to have the most generally informative link otherwise)
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I got my 26" x 1.75" Pasela Tour Guards from SJS Cycles. So they are available in larger than 1.5".
They ride very nicely, but I have found them prone to punctures caused by broken glass on the local roads and cycleways.

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I got my 26" x 1.75" Pasela Tour Guards from SJS Cycles. So they are available in larger than 1.5".
They ride very nicely, but I have found them prone to punctures caused by broken glass on the local roads and cycleways.
Great! They`re very hard to find in the US. I tried to order from Niagra two weeks ago and they had to cancel the order because they don`t have any and don`t expect to get them any time soon. Since I was planning to order a set of tandem cranks from SJS anyway...
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I ended up going with the 1.5's. I got them for $15 a piece so it was worth the compromise.
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what are advantages or otherwise between the folding and wire beads in the schwalbe's ? other than packability ?
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Folding beads are a little bit lighter. Not really a concern of mine considering I'm building up an old hi-ten steel frame.
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jmichaeldesign, the Schwalbe Marathon XRs provide a good ride, are not too heavy (595g for the 1.6"), not too slick / not too chunky, reflective sidewall and have great durability and puncture protection. Perfect for touring IMHO. Not exactly a vintage look though. Rob

PS. It's a shame there's a large ocean between us (I'm in Aus) because I have four 2" XRs I'm planning on selling -- the fit was just a little tight on my new bikes' frames and the dealer wouldn't swap them(!) -- bought some 1.6" XRs elsewhere.
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