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Originally Posted by Spld cyclist View Post
I'm looking to buy a new rear tire for my regular commuter. I would like something very flat-resistant but hopefully not really heavy. I've used skinny All-Condition Armadillos on a couple of bikes and gotten very few flats. They have held up well and I've been pretty satisfied with them. Now I want to buy a 700x32 or maybe a 700x35, which would have to be a different model if I go Armadillo again. This tire will be used 90% on roads and 10% on dirt/gravel (nothing technical).

I keep hearing good things about Schwalbe Marathon tires, but have never used them. Also, there is a thread going where people are having the rubber separating from the casing on their Armadillos. So here are some choices:

Infinity Armadillo:

Marathon HS 420 (3 mm "Greenguard" protection, same weight as Infinity Armadillo):

Marathon Mondial HS 428 Performance Line (lighter, Raceguard protection, which Schwalbe rates a little lower):

Marathon Plus HS 348 (heavier, 5 mm Smartguard protection, a bit more expensive):

Then there are Marathon Supreme and Dureme, which are kind of getting out of my price range.

I'm also open to other brands, but these are the ones I've researched the most so far.

On my Hardrock I'd had nothing but good experiences with Armadillo's, but on my Seek for some reason I kept having problems with them. When I'd get a flat they'd literally get ripped apart. I'm now running Continental Gattorskins 700x28 on it and so far knock wood I haven't had any problems with them. But then again I've only put several hundred miles on them.

But so far I'm liking them. One "negative" about the Gattorskins is that the rotation arrow and all of the other markings are VERY difficult to locate and read.

Other than that, as I've said I enjoy their ride.
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