Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    One legged rider
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Moraga, CA
    My Bikes
    Kuota Kharma, Surly LHT, CAAD9, Bianchi fg/ss
    Posts
    1,389
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    cyclocross tires for touring

    Has anyone noticed any durability issues using cyclocross tires on tours? I do a fair amount of riding off road (nothing technical, fire roads, muddy paths, etc, use the mtn bike for that) and know that cyclocross tires are generally built for racing, so may not have the long term durability needed, but I really am not that familiar with cross tires. Anybody have any issues using them?

  2. #2
    dork. yup. mrtornadohead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Ohio
    My Bikes
    Trek xo2, Fuji Cross Pro, Schwinn Traveler cross-conversion, Concours, Trek 2300, Takara, Specialized Hard Rock, Bianchi Campione D'Italia, GT LTS Team issue, BikeE, Miyata 110, and some others. Somewhere.
    Posts
    120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use Kenda Kwick's on my 'cross-ish bike but ride it on pavement, etc. Not a racing tire. Seems pretty stout and the rolloing resistance is not bad, but it's not a road tire. May be a fair compromise.
    Wig out, wig hard,wig on.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Taos, NM
    My Bikes
    2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
    Posts
    552
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    get some schwalbe marathon expedition tires. roll ok on pavement, very, very tough. and they fold so you can carry a spare
    2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
    2009 Custom TI Frame touring Bike. S&S couplers, XTR Drivetrain. LOW granny.
    2009 Performance Bicycles TI (by Lynsky) road frame, 7900 DA, 7950 DA Compact Crank, Light Niobium Rim Wheels

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    45
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    schwalbe tyres

    Hi there,
    Have heard about these new tyres from schwalbe, they are called marathon plus tour and they were supposedly due out at the end of Dec. These are supposed to be the bees knees of tyres.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    102
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Cyclocross tires are typically designed with softer compund rubber for off road traction. Pavement is hard on them and they will wear quickly. Additionally, the knobbys make for an uncomfortable ride and reduced traction on hard surfaces. Schwalbe, Conti, etc. touring tires are fine for rail trails, comfortable, long lasting and flat resistant.

  6. #6
    .
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Hillsboro, Oregon
    My Bikes
    2013 Soma ES, 89 Trek 950
    Posts
    3,653
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've heard people like using the Specialized Borough CX tires. I have some in 700x32's and they look like they'd be good. Slick in the center and knobbies on the side. I tried them and they seemed very, very slow.
    Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.

  7. #7
    Older than dirt CCrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Winchester, VA
    My Bikes
    Too darn many.. latest count is 11
    Posts
    5,345
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jjones View Post
    Additionally, the knobbys make for an uncomfortable ride and reduced traction on hard surfaces.

    Traction's tolerable, but +1 on jjones statement on the ride. I had a set of 38mm WTB Interwolfs, rode ok, but the vibration from the tread design was annoying after about an hour

    -Roger

  8. #8
    Surf Bum
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pacifica, CA
    My Bikes
    Vintage Trek, Vintage Diamond Back Mountain Bike, Bianchi Axis CrossBike
    Posts
    2,011
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In a recent thread over at roadbikereview forum, many people recommended the Ritchey Speedmax as a tire that performs well on both road and dirt. I ride my wtb crosswolfs on the road to get to the trails and it doesn't bother me much, but i recently purchased a set of 28mm panaracers to use when i know i'll be mostly on the road.

  9. #9
    Senior Member HokkaidoRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I did a few 3-4 day tours on mixed road and trail with X tires and loved it. Sure they do get worn fairly fast down the center strip, but without it I wouldn't have been able to cruise the trails to get to my destinations. If for a longer trip, the above recommendations seem to make sense as long as the trail isn't too hardcore.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •