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Old 08-24-10, 04:18 PM
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knobby 700x32s?

I'm planning on biking in Death Valley come winter, and hoping to do some of the gravel trails. Anyone know of good 700x(28-32) knobby tires? Preferably ones that might look passable on an old Schwinn Voyaguer
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This first one is 700X30

http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1396


These are all 700 X 35, if that isn't too big.

http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/2178

http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1785

http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/2675

http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/1789
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Old 08-24-10, 06:48 PM
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are cross tires OK for this? I've heard they're less durable b/c of their weight savings?
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Challenge Grifos! 700 x 32s with tan sidewalls.



I use these off-road with my Bruce Gordon.

Friends use them for cross racing, I use them for fire roads.

Shed mud well, and are well suited for gravel roads as well.
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Boy they ain't cheap!
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<whistles> no they aren't. at $85ish new per tire, the tires will amount to more than I paid for the rest of the bike...
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You are cracking me up, dude. First we do your homework for you. Then you the tires we find aren't durable enough. Then, the tires are too expensive.

What are your requirements, all of them?

Some of the Schwalbes I found for you are MSRP of only about $30/tire. Street price = ?

I do know one thing. Challenge tires are awesome! They are as close as you can get to tubulars, without needing glue. :-)
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Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
You are cracking me up, dude. First we do your homework for you. Then you the tires we find aren't durable enough. Then, the tires are too expensive.

What are your requirements, all of them?

Some of the Schwalbes I found for you are MSRP of only about $30/tire. Street price = ?

I do know one thing. Challenge tires are awesome! They are as close as you can get to tubulars, without needing glue. :-)
+1

You are riding into Death Valley for gosh sakes on a Schwinn Voyager!

Increase your odds my man, as this is no time to go for less than top shelf.

Two things though:

1) The Schwalbes listed by Mike are great tires. Choose a size, and go for it.

2) I picked up my first set of Grifos on CL for $50 for a pair. Yes, that's a very good deal on a great tire. I bought my second set on Ribble for $41 a piece. Not a bad deal.

If you don't want to spend so much, get some Ritchey Speed Max's. I also use those off road and they are fine. I thought I saw them on Ribble for $18 a tire.
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@MikeMills @gomangohaha sorry guys; I don't mean to be ungrateful! I was just taken aback by prices.

I do realize this isn't the most optimal setup. I plan on touring Death Valley this winter, and since I only have my road and touring bike, I figured I'd go with the touring bike. I wanted to try riding a few gravel paths as well, so I was investigating the knobby tires. If I had a good 26" bike, I'd take it there instead (easier to find knobbies, that's for sure)

Really, price-efficient and durable are the only two things I'm worried about for these tires, apart from the size specs. Durability may not even be that big an issue, since we'll only use the tires a few weeks.
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You want cheap? http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...rosscyclo-tire
I'd get some Mr. Tuffies, also.

Ooops, they're 35s, little bigger than you're hunting for.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I'd get some Mr. Tuffies, also.

Ooops, they're 35s, little bigger than you're hunting for.
Maybe some extra water bottles while you're at it.
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I liked these when I ran them: http://www.thebikebiz.com/Schwalbe_C...tir-schw02.htm
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Originally Posted by dashuaigeh View Post
@MikeMills @gomangohaha sorry guys; I don't mean to be ungrateful! I was just taken aback by prices.

I do realize this isn't the most optimal setup. I plan on touring Death Valley this winter, and since I only have my road and touring bike, I figured I'd go with the touring bike. I wanted to try riding a few gravel paths as well, so I was investigating the knobby tires. If I had a good 26" bike, I'd take it there instead (easier to find knobbies, that's for sure)

Really, price-efficient and durable are the only two things I'm worried about for these tires, apart from the size specs. Durability may not even be that big an issue, since we'll only use the tires a few weeks.
No problem.

The Ritchey Speed Max's work well here in slush, snow, and mud.

I use them in the river bottom trails in the spring and fall when we do a lot of riding there.

The knobbies are located on the sides and shed pretty well, while the center of the tire is flatter for decreased rolling resistance.



You can get them in 26" or 700 c. I've used both and like both.

I highly doubt you will wear these out in a couple of weeks.

Cheap too, I think I paid $40 for a set w/o tubes.

Hope this helps.
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Have you looked at Nashbars offerings? Currently they have a 20% off deal on orders over $75. Panaracer Pasela TGs a possibility?

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Catalog...egoryId=200524

Anyway, they have a few other options.
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Thanks for all the thoughts - these recommendations all look like they're pretty sweet. I think I will end up getting a CX tire - I figure my fears were misplaced; for a few weeks, durability probably shouldn't be an issue. Those 700x35's look comfy too . Lets hope I have the clearance
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I would get flat resistant tires, AND use thorn resistant tubes. Death Valley got named that for a reason. I wouldn't be pushing my luck, at all.,,,,BD
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Many Voyageurs can handle up to 38, and some even fatter on 700c wheels. BUT, they've changed a LOT over the years. Do you know the exact vintage of yours?
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Many Voyageurs can handle up to 38, and some even fatter on 700c wheels. BUT, they've changed a LOT over the years. Do you know the exact vintage of yours?
I believe mine's this one
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_wVj24dfI0w.../voyageur4.jpg

Fits 27 tires, so I'm hopeful
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You have the frame, so you can measure the spacing available for the tires. Measure before you buy.
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You have the frame, so you can measure the spacing available for the tires. Measure before you buy.
Definitely. It's currently in storage, otherwise I'd try measuring it right now.
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Definitely. It's currently in storage, otherwise I'd try measuring it right now.
The limitation is frequently the height under the brake bridge, not only the width between the chainstays near the BB, so check both places.
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... and the fork, too
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