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mainstreetexile 07-23-12 12:33 PM

The ultimate 27" tire reference thread!
 
I figured we should start a reference thread with a list 27" tire options since it seems like this question comes up every other week or so. If you have any additions, changes, or notes, add them and I can update this first post.




Good Tires:


Panaracer Pasela Protite - Folding bead

Folding / Gumwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (350g), 27" x 1 1/8" (270g), 27" x 1" (250g)
Panaracer Pasela Protite - Wire bead

Wire / Gumwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (410g), 27" x 1 1/8" (330g), 27" x 1" (310g)
Panaracer Pasela

Gumwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (360g), 27" x 1 1/8" (300g), 27" x 1" (290g)
http://i.imgur.com/Az8gbjb.jpg


SwiftTire Sand Canyon - Black / 66 TPI

Black Sidewalls - 27' x 1 3/8" (350g)
SwiftTire Sand Canyon - Tan / 66 TPI

Tan Sidewalls - 27' x 1 3/8" (350g)
http://i.imgur.com/SK91WRp.jpg


Schwalbe Marathon HS

Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (660g)
http://i.imgur.com/mQPolMp.jpg


Schwalbe HS159

Off-white sidewall - 27" x 1 1/4" (550g)
http://i.imgur.com/IBCYdpQ.jpg


Continental Gatorskin

Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (330g)
http://i.imgur.com/rqna4VJ.jpg


Continental Ultra Sport

Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (380g), 27" x 1 1/8" (370g)
http://i.imgur.com/cu7pQJL.jpg


Vittoria Zaffiro IV

Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (480g), 27" x 1 1/8" (390g)


Origin8 Elimin-8er

Black, white, red, or blue - 27" x 1 1/4"
http://i.imgur.com/Bqrle2J.jpg


Michelin Protek

Gumwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (650g)


Bontrager T1

Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (440g)



Cheaper tires:


Bell (Walmart) Sports 27" Tire

Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4"


Kenda K35 Street Tire

Gumwall, skinwall, or blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (500g)
http://i.imgur.com/rI0rzz5.jpg


Cheng Shin CST C740 / Nashbar Prima 2 Plus
Blackwall - 27" x 1 1/4" (280g)
CST C740 Also available in all White and all Red
Sunlite version available in whitewall




Wider / cross tires:


Kenda K161 Krosscyclo

Gumwall (knobby) - 27" x 1 3/8" (401g)
http://i.imgur.com/9GYOELl.jpg

Sunlite Hybrid V-Track tires (rebranded Kenda K161)

Gumwall (knobby) - 27" x 1 3/8" (401g)

Kenda K40 Street Tire

Gumwall - 27" x 1 3/8" (470g)




Retailers / Where to buy:

Try your local bike shop first to see what they have in stock. If you want to order online, here are a few options:

auchencrow 07-23-12 12:47 PM

Don't forget that in addition to the 20x1-1/4" size noted above, Panaracer Paselas are also available in 27x1" and 27x1-1/8"

27 x 1 Inch
ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-630 mm
Rec Pressure: 115 PSI
Weight: 290 grams

27 x 1 1/8 Inch
ISO (ETRTO) Size: 28-630 mm
Rec Pressure: 105 PSI
Weight: 330 grams

rumrunn6 07-23-12 01:14 PM

wow nice, but where can we buy them?

mainstreetexile 07-23-12 01:26 PM

Auchen, good note. Where a tire is available in multiple sizes, I have them listed together horizontally, by descending tire size.

rumrunn6: Your local bike shop or the internet. Amazon has most of them, Niagara Cycles, Biketiresdirect (never ordered from them but they showed up when searching for available sizes/weights). The Forte tires are just available at Performance Bike (online or in their stores). If anybody wants to note any particular online stores they've had good experiences with, we can add a list to the end of the post.

I don't know about adding an individual link to buy each tire/size though, since they may change often. Just googling for the brand + model + size should get you a lot of results. If you use the google shopping search it may even compare prices for you.

3alarmer 07-23-12 01:30 PM

Continental also currently makes and sells the Ultra Sport, which is very handy
because, while a little lower end, it is a very serviceable tire that is widely
available and made in both 1 1/4" and 1 1/8" widths.

I have some I've been test riding, and they are at least as good as the
Performance forte tires, if a little more in cost.......might actually end up
being better tires.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...HL._AA300_.jpg

Continental Ultra Sport Tire - Multiple Sizes

Performance-minded tread pattern with treaded shoulders and circumferential grooves in the center for lateral grip

Fine casing with transparent sidewall offers good handling

Multi-layer casing construction offers high puncture-resistance, increased rolling performance and handling, minimum weight and increased comfort

Weight for 27 x 1-1/4 size is 380 grams; weight for 700 x 28 size is 350 grams

Imported
.

1 Lugnut 07-23-12 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 14517898)
wow nice, but where can we buy them?

I just bought a set of the 27 x 1 Pasela's from BikeTiresDirect to replace some very old tires that were on my around-towner bike. They were on sale for $16 or so. My LBS sells them for the reg price of $24.99...

Panaracer Pasela's

mainstreetexile 07-23-12 01:35 PM


Originally Posted by 3alarmer (Post 14517966)
Continental also currently makes and sells the Ultra Sport, which is very handy
because, while a little lower end, it is a very serviceable tire that is widely
available and made in both 1 1/4" and 1 1/8" widths.

Good note, I've added that one in too.

KonAaron Snake 07-23-12 01:37 PM

I THINK I remember the Vittoria Rubinos coming in a 27' size and, if I recall, Forte had more options. Will check more later.

Edit - Rubinos are 700c and Forte/Specialized only offers the strada models. I KNOW they had a 27 x 1 1/8 model a few years ago...and more options.

noglider 07-23-12 01:42 PM

I really like the way the Pasela rides in the 28mm (1-1/8") and 32mm (1-1/4") widths. I've tried 35mm and didn't like it. I haven't tried 25mm.

Henry III 07-23-12 01:43 PM

Do companies still make a 27" rim anymore?

Chris_in_Miami 07-23-12 02:11 PM

Schwalbe HS 159 27x1-1/4"

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Z...s800/sc_03.jpg

ColonelJLloyd 07-23-12 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by Henry III (Post 14518031)
Do companies still make a 27" rim anymore?

Yes. Velocity and SunRingle for two.

photogravity 07-23-12 02:25 PM

I'm looking for whitewalls in 27x1-1/8" to go on one of my bikes. Does anyone know of any sources for that? The ones currently on the bicycle are Vittoria but it doesn't appear they are making them any longer.

02Pilot 07-23-12 02:29 PM

Couple things:

-The Nashbar Prima 2 seems to be a rebranded CST C740.

-Vittoria makes the Zaffiro in 27x1 1/8 and 27x1 1/4; Niagara has them.

-There are a couple of cyclocross tires available: the Tioga Bloodhound and Club Roost Cross Terra are both available in 27x1 3/8. Again, Niagara stocks these.

mainstreetexile 07-23-12 03:10 PM

Lots of good notes. I've updated the most with more tires and split them up into "Good tires", "Cheaper Tires", and "Wider Tires".

That Schwalbe HS159 looks like a nice tire, hadn't heard of that one before. Photogravity, that one is said to have an "off white sidewall."

It looks like we've hit the max number of photos for a post so I've had to remove some of the tire images:

You have included a total of 11 images in your message. The maximum number that you may include is 10. Please correct the problem and then continue again.

1 Lugnut 07-23-12 06:44 PM

My Panaracer Pasela's 27" x 1" came today. Look like a decent tire. Mounting them was pretty straight-forward w/o complication. What I did notice was that they looked slightly lagrer compared to what I had on there previously (27 x 1 Specialized Touring II's). So I went about measuring them.

The Pasela's were just over 24mm wide, while the old Touring II's (also 27x1) measured out at 21mm. The Panaracer 27x1 looked more like a 23C in width. I'd think the 2 other sized Pasela's (1/8" & 1/4") available, might be OK for some, but way wider/bigger than I would want...ymmv?

Chris_in_Miami 07-23-12 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by mainstreetexile (Post 14518471)
Lots of good notes. I've updated the most with more tires and split them up into "Good tires", "Cheaper Tires", and "Wider Tires".

That Schwalbe HS159 looks like a nice tire, hadn't heard of that one before. Photogravity, that one is said to have an "off white sidewall."

It looks like we've hit the max number of photos for a post so I've had to remove some of the tire images:

You have included a total of 11 images in your message. The maximum number that you may include is 10. Please correct the problem and then continue again.

I should have pointed out that the version of the HS159 pictured above is the gumwall. I haven't seen the whitewall version in person, but it looks pretty white in the photos.

oddjob2 07-23-12 08:51 PM

Thanks MainStreetExile! This thread will be a most useful resource! There is a Sunlite Whitewall (rebranded CST) at Niagara Cycle that I buy by the truckload because they look sharp and are inexpensive, about $8.50 each.

cb400bill 07-23-12 09:28 PM

Jenson, among others, sells a Michelin World Tour in 27 x 1 1/4. I've no experience with them.

http://www.jensonusa.com/!BXPOj7pBUV...medium=organic

http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/pub...wyG_EyLF3cSw9d

BluesDaddy 07-23-12 10:52 PM

I've got some light use in on a pair of World Tours and I like them so far. I got mine just before they added a reflective stripe on the sidewall, which to me makes them completely undesireable on a classic bike.

rootboy 07-24-12 04:30 AM

Yeah. Good idea for a thread, MSE. I have a barely used set of Serfas tires downstairs that are 27 X 1 1/4. Blackwall. Can't remember the model. I gotta remember to stick those on the FS forum.

55 Traveler 07-24-12 05:45 AM

I've sworn off the cheap Kenda's as the last few that I've bought have been out of round. My last project got Panaracers which are very fine, but I would like to find something with a racier (slick) tread.

David

55 Traveler 07-24-12 05:48 AM

I've also had good service fron Continental Ultra Sports but would like something similar in a tan wall ( not bright orange).

David

cooperryder 07-24-12 11:03 AM

Thanks for starting this thread mainstreetexile. Good job.

harpon 07-24-12 11:23 AM

3 Attachment(s)
CST 27 x 1 1/4 in blue

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=263211http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=263212

same tire in red

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=263214:giver:

mainstreetexile 07-24-12 11:44 AM


Originally Posted by 55 Traveler (Post 14520614)
I've sworn off the cheap Kenda's as the last few that I've bought have been out of round. My last project got Panaracers which are very fine, but I would like to find something with a racier (slick) tread.

David

Just curious, were these gumwalls or skinwalls? I've had good luck and a lot of miles on their gumwall K35s, but they also have a skinwall version that I ordered by accident once. They gave me the most trouble of any tire ever trying to get the bead seated, so it seemed like they were out of round since parts were below the rim lip. I had to really soap them up and then over-fill them to get them to pop out to seat correctly, but then if I didn't ride them for a while and the air pressure went down they would unseat again. Not sure if it was the rims I was using them on, but they weren't worth the hassle.

I've updated the first post with more tires and notes from everybody's comments.

Primitive Don 07-24-12 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by cb400bill (Post 14519967)
Jenson, among others, sells a Michelin World Tour in 27 x 1 1/4. I've no experience with them.

http://www.jensonusa.com/!BXPOj7pBUV...medium=organic

http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/pub...wyG_EyLF3cSw9d

I've noticed a set of Michelin World Tours running rather large in comparison to other 27 x 1 1/4 tires. I ran into clearance issues on an older Schwinn with fenders (Suburban, maybe?).

I like the Continental Ultra Sports and very much like the Panaracer Paselas.

dddd 07-24-12 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by oddjob2 (Post 14519801)
Thanks MainStreetExile! This thread will be a most useful resource! There is a Sunlite Whitewall (rebranded CST) at Niagara Cycle that I buy by the truckload because they look sharp and are inexpensive, about $8.50 each.

I'm just curious as to what made you think that those sunlite whitwalls were made by Cheng Shin?

They look more like the sub-Kenda cheapie level in the picture that I can see.

Also, with Niagara, shipping is an extra $5 per tire, no matter how many you are buying at once.


For 27" tires, I'm a big fan of the Cheng Shin gumwalls in the 1-1/4" width.

Another 27" Cheng tire, the 1-1/8" C-732 model is very much lighter with only a very thin layer of rubber on each side. Actually a fairly fast tire, with actual width about 26mm.

LesterOfPuppets 07-24-12 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by dddd (Post 14522607)
Also, with Niagara, shipping is an extra $5 per tire, no matter how many you are buying at once.

You might try calling. It's really difficult with some shopping carts to accurately reflect cost of shipping for multiple items.

mainstreetexile 07-24-12 02:05 PM


Originally Posted by dddd (Post 14522607)
Also, with Niagara, shipping is an extra $5 per tire, no matter how many you are buying at once.

FWIW, for the last Niagara order I placed, I compared and shipping was much cheaper when I bought from them via amazon vs directly from their website.


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